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Sharon Christine Riley is originally from Australia and has lived in Asia since 1987. She moved to Hong Kong in 1996 and, after discovering the beauty of South Lantau in early 1999, has been living here ever since! Sharon joined the HomeSolutions team in 2012 and has been helping newcomers, long term expats, and the local Hong Kong community with her valuable knowledge and expertise. With her cheerful disposition and fantastic knowledge, she will make your property experience a very pleasant one. +852 9664 4749,

Kim Jomar moved to Hong Kong from the UK in 2008. She knew she wanted to live somewhere where her cats could roam freely, so South Lantau was her natural choice. With a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Hospitality and past management roles, she is a natural when it comes to Real Estate. As the Manager of HomeSolutions, Kim provides valuable advice about moving to Hong Kong and is happy to help in any way she can to make the transition as smooth as possible. +852 9748 2367, 

Misako Takato moved to Hong Kong in 2001 and to South Lantau in 2010. She joined the HomeSolutions team in 2014 and has been happily assisting families in their move to South Lantau and Tung Chung ever since. She identifies the desires of each person and helps to find them the right place to call home. Misako speaks English, Japanese, and Spanish. Misako will be happy to assist you in your search for a great home in Lantau. +852 9757 0927,

Kelly Merrick feels lucky to have discovered South Lantau from the very start of her relocation to Hong Kong. Kelly can help ease your transition to Hong Kong with the many tips she has picked up over the years. She has received commendations in Hong Kong Estate Agents Salesperson examinations. She holds both undergraduate and masters degrees and has a wide range of experience in Real Estate and finance. Kelly really enjoys helping others find a great home in Lantau. +852 9331 8141,

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After many years at Horizon Plaza we have decided to freshen up our business, “Experience the lifestyle”. We are starting off with a retail outlet, soon to come a coffee shop OPENING NOVEMBER, a BBQ supermarket, specializing in anything you need for a great BBQ. We will also start running some private cooking nights, we will demo our BBQs and your meals will be cooked utilizing our products. The menu will be very exciting and we guarantee there will be something you will like.

JERVISBAY BARBECUES LIMITED HAS MOVED TO A NEW LOCATION GREAT OPENING MONTH SPECIALS Grab a coffee, grab a bargain, soon you can grab a BBQ lesson and dinner

Jervisbay Barbecues Limited 63 Wong Chuk Hang Road Aberdeen Flat B 9 Fl Tin Fung Industrial Mansions Tel: 0900-1830 Parking at the rear Tong Bin




PROFILE DB’s osteopath to Olympians Aaron Anderson


PARENTING SMARTS How to de-stress manic mornings


IN FOCUS Behind the scenes at The BIG Picnic, plus this year’s bumper pull-out festival guide


FAMILY MATTERS Is the familyfriendly bookstore on borrowed time?


LIFESTYLE Classic snacks for crowdpleasing home entertaining


ESCAPES Five wonderful destinations for wellness travel




COMPETITION Win big prizes at


MOMENTS Christina Lai, formerly of the Hong Kong Ballet, talks teaching at DMR School of Ballet


TALKING POINTS What it takes to master Mahjong and Chinese chess


DB FACES Candid community snaps


OUT THERE Thoughts on island life



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HK HAPPENINGS Find fun things to do across the harbour


CLASSIFIEDS Great deals, employment, businesses and more


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Thank you to everyone who voted in the Around DB Sock Design Competition 2016 with Eureka Socks and well done to our five finalists who all entered fantastic designs! The DB community has voted on their favourite designs and congratulations go to our three winners – Felicia Tam, 7, from Discovery College, Harper Burke, 6, from Discovery Bay International School and Lia Dauphant, 6, from Discovery Mind Primary School. Felicia, Harper and Lia’s designs will now be made into real socks by DB-based garment company Eureka Socks. Look out for these wonderful, bamboo socks in the school shops in December!

Sales account manager Monika Carruthers Senior graphic designer Andrew Spires Photography Baljit Gidwani, Contributors this month Jennifer Atepolikhine Emily Dowd (intern) Kate Farr Trisha Hughes Patricia Jover Elizabeth Kerr Peter Sherwood

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Eureka Socks started up after concerned parents read about cancer-causing substances found in school uniforms and branded clothing. Natural, healthy and extra soft, the range includes both school and funky socks. Find out more at the Eureka Socks Facebook page.

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Photo courtesy of Inventum Women’s Choir

Inventum Women’s Choir, directed by DB resident and established choral conductor Bethan Clark, is starting its second round of rehearsals. Sessions run every Wednesday from 4.15pm to 5.15pm through December 7, with the first performance on December 8. All are welcome and participants will be singing old and new Christmas music. Contact or visit the Inventum Women’s Choir Facebook page.


Integrated Medicine Institute is offering free Japanese acupuncture and reflexology assessments with its resident expert Galit Cohen Nagar. Each 20-minute assessment includes diagnosis by pulse, body palpation (to find any structural imbalances) and abdominal palpation (to assess the inner organs). Based on the diagnosis, individualised treatment recommendations will be provided, but there are no obligations. Call 2537 1087 to make your booking. t ghou Throu mber Nove




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This year’s Lantau Buffalos Duathlon sees children aged six to 14 tackle a 1.7-kilometre run, a 2.5-kilometre bike ride and a second 1.7-kilometre run. There is also a half distance challenge on offer for six- and seven-year-olds. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Plastic Free Seas. To register for the event, head to

THE BIG PICNIC DB Plaza and Tai Pak Wan DB’s celebrated live music and dance festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before this year. And it’s not just the name that’s changed – the party is now taking place at Tai Pak Wan and DB Plaza. For information on the acts on offer and everything else happening on the day, head to The BIG Picnic Facebook page, or turn to page 39 for your bumper pull-out programme.


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JOIN A BEACH CLEAN-UP, organised by Plastic Free Seas and DB Green, at Nim Shue Wan from 9am to 11am. r6 embe v o N Visit

HARVEY LAW GROUP KART RACE Seabird Lane cycle track The third Harvey Law Group Kart Race is getting into gear with three categories, including one brandnew one. The first category sees those aged seven to 12 race in new-and-improved karts provided by Harvey Law. The second category is freestyle (open to adults as well as kids) and the third sees Discovery College and Discovery Bay International School students build karts and race against each other. For details on kart specification and to register, head to

November is a big month for music at Discovery Bay International School, with the Whole School Music Soirée on November 7 and the Year 5 production on November 23 and 24. The once-a-term music soirée series enables students from Years 1 to 11 to gain invaluable experience through a friendly but formal performance platform. In the Year 5 production, students perform The Trial of Shakespeare. Both shows are open to the whole community and free of charge. For more information, email


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DB WATER & WINE EXPO Discovery Bay Marina Club

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The team that brings the Entrepreneurs Networking Breakfast to DB is working with the Discovery Bay Marina Club to deliver a unique wine tasting experience. With various vendors covering wine, champagne, whisky, cheese and cured meats, high tables for congregating at and a children’s area, the aim is to create a quality tasting and buying environment that reflects the quality of wine on sale. For tickets, visit



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St James’s Place Wealth Management, a company which has offices in Discovery Bay, is hosting a night with former England footballer Paul Parker. Paul also played for English powerhouse Manchester United and will reminisce about the highs and lows of his storied career. Head to or contact to find out more.

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DB 10KM RUN FOR CHARITY Start and finish: Siena One

With an exciting new race route due to impending renovations in DB Plaza, this year’s DB 10km Run for Charity provides participants with an allnew challenge. All money raised from the twelfth edition of this annual event will be donated to The Hub HK, a youth centre in Sham Shui Po helping disadvantaged children. To register for the event – which is sponsored by Around DB – head to Volunteer marshals are also required, so if you’re interested, head to the website and contact the organisers.

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Joy Carbonell, a soloist from the Unsung Heroes, a choir of domestic workers founded by DB resident Jane Engelmann, is performing at a migrant-womenin-crisis fundraiser. Running from 5pm to 8pm, entry is HK$100. For more information, contact


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Bookazine is celebrating its mid-November relocation from DB North Plaza to DB Plaza with a family sleepover. Attendees can expect storytelling, plus cookies and milk. Turn to page 48 to find out more about the bigger and better store.




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Nove Dress up in your festive best and join in the eleventh annual Discovery Mind Operation Santa Claus Sponsored Walk. Proceedings kick off Photo courtesy of at 9am, with walkers Discovery Mind Kindergarten starting at Discovery Mind Kindergarten (DMK) and finishing at Siena Park, where children are greeted by the Around DB-sponsored clown. Last year’s event raised a massive HK$135,000. You can pick up a sponsor form at DMK, or find out more by contacting

TEAM FEAR Throughout DB

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Kids aged eight to 18 are training vigorously for the Team FEAR Junior Challenge in support of Hong Kong charity Youth Outreach. Registration is now full, but teams can join the waiting list at, with places often becoming available in the lead-up to the race.

BOX OF HOPE All DB schools

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Box of Hope is aiming to gift 25,000 underprivileged children in Hong Kong and Asia over the festive season. The cut-off date for collection of shoeboxes, filled with new and interesting educational gifts, is November 4. To get your child involved, email or visit

Soap Cycling, a non-profit operation that works with the hospitality industry to collect, sanitise and recycle slightly used soaps and other sanitation amenities, is holding an awarenessraising family fun day. Expect a scavenger hunt ride, soap games, soap art and parent-child activities. For more information, visit or email

CONGRATULATIONS CINDY REID A big shout out goes to Cindy Reid of DB’s The Hit Room on her vertical marathon efforts in recent weeks. Cindy won two vertical marathon champion trophies after climbing two buildings in Hong Kong and Macau in less than 24 hours, with a combined elevation of 712 metres. Cindy, who has also been busy winning prizes in another of her pursuits, bikini bodybuilding, is taking part in Hong Kong’s inaugural Spartan Sprint obstacle race this month.

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The Beat, DB’s new dance and fitness studio, is offering residents of all ages the chance to keep fit and have fun at the same time. The Beat introduces a unique concept to keeping fit, with classes ranging from pure Latin American dancing to dance/ cardio fusion and complimentary practices such as yoga. To find out more, turn to page 22, or visit

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 MON 21 NOVEMBER - The Gift & Lifestyle Fair  TUES 29 NOVEMBER - The Pre-Christmas Gift Parade

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The Body Express Discovery Bay centre has just launched, using Electro Muscle Stimulation – a low frequency stimulation current – to stimulate muscle contractions via simple fitness poses. With Body Express’ personal training technique, only 20 minutes of training is required each week and results are evident after only six weeks. For more information, head to To win four trial sessions, turn to page 24.




With professional photography and a little retouching, Little Bug Prints transforms a selection of your child’s artwork into a wall-hung keepsake that the whole family can be proud of. Each collage is presented in an elegant and modern frame. To win a print, turn to page 24; to find out more, visit

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Discovery Bay Plaza Tel: 3704 7402


express train to fitness


B residents now have access to Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) – a revolutionary new personal training technique that is unique to Body Express. Imported from Germany, EMS is a method unlike those used in conventional fitness centres and it is considered one of the most efficient full-body workouts. What’s more, it takes up just 20 minutes of your week!

Photos courtesy of Body Express

Not only does EMS focus on specific training goals, like reducing belly fat, it is also highly effective in terms of cellulite reduction. Through deeply stimulating your muscles, it increases muscle mass, tightens connective tissue and improves circulation and skin tone. According to medical research, 88.7% of clients also experience a decrease in back pain.


Body Express, which also has studios in Central and Wanchai, launched in DB North Plaza in September. Edward Kankam, the head of Body Express Academy, says: “Our team is looking forward to providing DB and Lantau residents with this high-end, effective, 20-minute training solution, in order to achieve their fitness goals.” Edward, a BodyStreet® master trainer, who has been based in Germany for the past three years, adds: “Along with our body analysis machines, Body Express trainers can help members monitor their progress and results on a consistent basis.”

Only 20 minutes a week EMS is used extensively throughout Europe and has a growing presence in Asia, Australia and Canada. Booming in Germany (where more than 230 stores are currently operating), EMS is hugely popular with top international athletes, as well as celebrities. Scientific research shows that 20 minutes of EMS training is the equivalent of spending five hours 33 minutes in a regular gym. After roughly six to eight weeks, you will see and feel a visible difference, in the form of increased muscle formation and a reduction in body fat (depending on your diet). This being said, the team at Body Express is keen to make it clear that this method is by no means a gimmick and should not be viewed as a quick fix. Despite requiring only 20 minutes a week, EMS is in fact tougher than hitting a regular gym, with workouts based around sustained high intensity.

The beauty of EMS is that is doesn’t just target one specific muscle group – up to 90% of muscles are activated simultaneously throughout a workout. The muscle contractions brought on by EMS are of a higher intensity than voluntary exertion can achieve on its own. When compared to conventional weight training, EMS training activates deeper muscle groups leading to better balance amongst the muscles in the body and increased core stability. 20 minutes of EMS is equal to over 300 sets in a gym! Body Express offers both short- and long-term membership packages and flexible conditions that allow members to make up mixed sessions. Membership fees range from just HK$388 to HK$588 per week. Another plus – Body Express provides all the necessary training gear, so you can leave your gym bag at home.

So what’s the difference to a standard gym session? Simply put, Body Express uses an FDA-approved device that has the capacity to contract muscles via an electrical impulse passing through the muscles. Contact Body Express Body Express is located at Unit 16, 1/F, Block 2, Office Building, DB North Plaza. Free trials sessions are on offer this month! You can reach the team at 2805 6993, or by visiting

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he Beat, DB’s new premier dance and fitness studio, is offering something new and different – the chance to keep fit and have fun at the same time! Located in DB Plaza, the studio opened its doors in September, offering classes for everyone from mummies and babies to toddlers, children, adults and even couples.


Founded by seven-year DB residents Alyona Zarnitsyna and Ivailo Tonchev, The Beat introduces a unique concept to keeping fit, with classes ranging from pure Latin American dancing to dance/ cardio fusion and complementary practices such as yoga. Both ex-professional ballroom dancers, Alyona and Ivailo first met on the international circuit. After many successful years competing at the highest level, the Latin American

specialists have now retired from competitive dancing, and are using their wealth of experience and expertise to bring the beauty of dance and the benefits of exercise to the DB community. “When we came to DB, we saw how healthy people are here, how fitness orientated they are,” says Ivailo, “and we wanted to create something different for them, something that combined dance with different types of workout, like cardio and stretching. A dancer has to be flexible, so including yoga was very important to us, as was the cardio-fitness element.” Classes for everyone There’s an extensive range of classes on offer at The Beat, all specifically devised with DB residents in mind. Starting with new mums, there are two

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specially designed classes (one dancebased, the other yoga-based) where you can bring your babies along and include them in the workout. “These classes allow mums to have a very nice, guilt-free workout,” says Ivailo. “It’s great for bonding.” The Beat also provides a number of lessons for children aged three to 12, all planned to fit around school schedules. Pre-schoolers are catered for too with the studio’s Happy Feet sessions – interactive classes involving parents/ aunties that help to develop gross motor and listening skills. Ladies’ classes include the superpopular Ladies Latin Fusion, which mixes traditional Latin dances, such as samba, with social dances, such as bachata. Then there’s Beat Cardio, a high-intensity training workout that burns up to 600 calories in one session.


“This class combines dancing with fitness,” Alyona explains. “So we may be dancing a salsa or samba and I will ask students to go into a plank for 16 counts or do push-ups before going back to the dancing. It’s a lot of fun!” Other highlights on offer include couples classes, wedding dance preparation and special Cuban nights. Keeping customers satisifed One-on-one sessions for kids and adults are available, so if you need to train at a certain time, or just want to progress faster, private lessons can be arranged… all in the impressive surroundings of The Beat’s first-class dance studio. And how impressive it is. Stylish and welcoming, the studio features a specially imported, sprung dance floor, which reduces impact on joints by up to 60%, as well as atmospheric lighting and tonnes of storage space for clients to use. There’s also a stylish lounge area, with free coffee and water,

where clients are encouraged to hang out and chat before and after class. A real plus for The Beat is the flexibility offered to clients. Both drop-in classes and full programmes are available, with make-up classes offered to clients paying upfront for a full course. So, if you miss your Ladies Latin Fusion

class, you can switch it for a Latin for Adults or salsa class on another day, or even share your package with another family member. Booking is easy too, through The Beat’s website or its specially designed mobile app, and payments can be made by card, cheque or cash.

Upcoming events •Look out for Alyona, Ivailo and their clients on stage at The BIG Picnic on November 5 •Help raise funds and awareness for men living with prostate cancer at The Beat’s donationbased Daddies and Babies class this month • Join The Beat’s in-house health expert and coach at a free talk on health and nutrition

Contact The Beat You can reach Alyona and Ivailovia via The Beat Facebook page, or at November 2016


Here’s your chance to win great prizes!


Win four Electro Muscle Stimulation sessions at Body Express YOUR PRIZE: Body Express is offering one reader four Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) sessions, valued at over HK$3,000. The first session lasts an hour and the next three last 30 minutes.

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

Win a Faust holiday workshop YOUR PRIZE: Faust International Youth Theatre is offering one child a place at one of its holiday workshops. The workshops (valued at HK$2,280) are held at the Faust Studio in Sheung Wan – Holiday Theatre (for kids aged four to 12) from December 20 to 23, and Creative Writing (for kids aged six to 13) from December 28 to 30.

Where is Body Express located?

FIND THE ANSWER: Whether you want to get rid of that baby weight, or tone up to look and feel your best, Body Express, in DB North Plaza, can help you focus your efforts on the area of concern. EMS training ensures you see a visible difference, with increased muscle formation and a significant reduction in body fat, within six to eight weeks. To book a free trial session or ask about package discounts, call 2805 6993, or visit

Win a print of your child’s artwork from Little Bug Prints YOUR PRIZE: Little Bug Prints is offering one reader a medium-sized print of their child’s artwork (worth HK$910). FIND THE ANSWER: Set up by DB resident Louise Sunter, Little Bug Prints uses children’s original artwork to create bespoke, framed, collage-style prints. Professional photography and digital retouching are used to create a modern and elegant keepsake. To place an order, call 6050 1326, or visit

Who founded Little Bug Prints?

FIND THE ANSWER: Aiming to nurture creative talent through the performing arts since 1999, Faust combines years of experience with a passion for drama and expert teaching. Faust’s workshops provide a funfilled learning environment for children aged three to 18, allowing them to develop greater self-confidence and teamwork skills. Visit

Win tickets to see Roald Dahl’s The Twits YOUR PRIZE: ABA Productions is offering one reader four tickets (worth HK$495 each) to see Roald Dahl’s The Twits at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wanchai on November 25 at 5pm. FIND THE ANSWER: In this mischievous stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s well-loved book, brave children and their families are invited to bear witness to the most horrid couple of all time – Mr and Mrs Twit – as they take to the stage from November 25 to 27. For tickets, starting at HK$295, visit Who are The Twits?

Congratulations to last month’s winners Justin Choo for an osteopathic treatment at the Integrated

Medicine Institute; Tina Li and Rosine De Leacy for classes at The Beat dance and fitness studio; and Tabby Peters for tickets to see Horrible Histories – The Best of Barmy Britain.


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Osteopath and Australian Olympic team consultant Aaron Anderson discusses DB’s alpha types, Rio and holistic medicine with Elizabeth Kerr



here are oodles of doctors in Hong Kong, and a good number in Discovery Bay – a specialist for every creaky back and knee, every tense shoulder, forehead wrinkle and throat tickle imaginable. But how many of them can say they’ve treated elite international athletes that won silver medals as recently as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio? Integrated Medicine Institute (IMI) osteopath

Dr Aaron Anderson can. “I’m not the team doctor. The French word is soigneur, which means helper,” Aaron, a Melbourne native, is quick to point out of his work with Cycling Australia. That may be the case, but Aaron was indeed among the crew working with the Men’s Track Endurance (Men’s Teams Pursuit) Olympians, who won the Gold medal last August. And Aaron is pretty chuffed

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about it on a realistic level: “I’m happy to be involved but at the end of the day they’re the guys on the track.” Specialist in his field It’s throwing it down the morning Aaron waltzes into a Central coffee shop for our chat. He’s remarkably dry, though the soft-spoken Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology graduate and double degree holder (in


of minor jobs around the resort that teach kids responsibility. “Our kids can’t mow someone’s lawn or babysit or wash cars,” he says. “How do you employ someone when they’ve never had a job and they’re 25?” As a licensed osteopath, Aaron planned on working here, but he was initially apprehensive about his prospects. “Osteopathy is mainstream in Australia, but only about 20 osteopaths currently work in Hong Kong,” he reveals. “Moving here, I was literally door-knocking to find a space to base myself but then I got lucky as IMI opened in DB just a few months later. It’s been such a good fit as it’s a multi-disciplinary practice – Asia’s largest natural therapy clinic – with many different specialists.”

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Osteopath to Olympians Aaron Anderson in DB with his eldest daughter Tara

sports science and osteopathy) does hint that it’s quieter away from the window. You want to do as he says: he vaguely recalls Outlander’s Tobias Menzies’ long lost cousin – and that guy is scary. But Aaron is really not. Clearly grounded, he goes from reticent and cautious to relaxed and familiar in minutes, and has an understated sense of how notable his Cycling Australia work is, particularly in a city defined by its border-hopping professionals. “I guess I had the right skill set that

they needed for me to go away on these Olympic camps,” he says. See? Understatement. Interestingly, it’s Aaron’s wife Shan’s skill set that sees him living in Discovery Bay. He followed her speech pathologist career to Discovery College four years ago, with their (now) eight- and 11-year-old daughters, Amber and Tara, in tow. DB has proven to be a natural fit, and though they have no solid long-term plans, the immediate future is set. The one thing Aaron laments is the lack

Of his work at IMI, Aaron is quick to point out that osteopathy shouldn’t be confused with homeopathy or other alternative medicines. “People lump them into one big ball,” he begins, “but I don’t prescribe medication. So they’re very different. Osteopathy is an alignment-based medicine. It’s a musculoskeletal medicine, looking at the way the body moves, and it’s a manual medicine, so we use our hands. What an osteopath does is treat the cause, not the symptom. A sore knee can be the result of a hip injury; a painful lower back can be the result of collapsed feet.” Sounds like a perfect fit for sedentary, not-enoughcarpal-tunnel-heavy, sleep Hong Kong, but awareness of the practice is low. “The issue with osteopathy in Hong Kong is that it’s so niche,” Aaron says. “It’s just not on people’s radar and if you don’t know what it is, you won’t try it. Hongkongers are more likely to go to a physiotherapist.” Admittedly, Aaron’s primary physician status did exempt him from extra certification, so there are advantages to Hong Kong’s notorious efficiency. Aaron calls it more disappointing because the potential is right there on the surface. “I think one of the  November 2016


PROFILE problems is that Hong Kong is so transient you get good people coming here but not staying long enough to make a change,” he says. “They don’t stay for 40 years. They move on and you’re constantly starting again.” Elite relief Regardless of how it happened, DB now has its own therapist whose ‘clients’ include Olympic medalwinning athletes. In the 12 months leading up to Rio 2016, Aaron was busy at Olympic selection camps treating cyclists, making sure he was at crashes, and preparing them for the Games. “If you like sports it’s one thing to watch, but it’s better to be involved,” he says. “So, yeah, you are a part of that and you’ve always got those memories.” Cool as the whole experience was,

Aaron didn’t do it for the glamour. “There’s no money in elite sport,” he scoffs. “You don’t go into it for cash; you go into it for experience. It’s certainly not a way to generate wealth.” It’s no shock white-collar Hong Kong has a wealth of lower back and neck issues, but working at IMI (in both DB and Central) Aaron gets to treat everything from digestive and respiratory problems to migraines and insomnia. He’s not looking for ways to connect with Hong Kong’s uberelite athletes, sure that they have their own go-to therapists, but he enjoys treating the city’s type-A professionals, who play (sport) as hard as they work. “Make that triple-A,” he cracks of DB clients who frequently participate in Iron Man races, see him and then immediately hop on a bone-crushing long-haul flight for business.

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Gratified by the interest DBers have shown in osteopathy, Aaron’s one complaint is that too many patients see him after suffering for many years. “Patients come in and say they saw their doctor, surgeon, a physiotherapist, a Pilates instructor and now they’re seeing me. By then I really have my work cut out for me – the injury has become ingrained.” But Aaron is pleased at what he sees as a swing towards permanent solutions rather than surface fixes for mechanical problems, a fairly new idea to Hong Kong. “You go to a doctor here and you get a show bag of medicines,” he finishes. “I’m certainly not anti-medicine, but are you treating the symptom or are you treating the cause? The solution might be getting to bed earlier and dropping the iPad.” Tell that to a triple-A type.


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Does keeping all those balls in the air make you wish for octopus arms?


THE MORNING ROUTINE Do you battle five days out of seven to get your kids dressed, fed and ready for school? Kate Farr’s sneaky survival tips will help you transform those manic mornings

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sk any busy parent to list their number-one family headache, and they’re liable to tell you that keeping tabs on the morning schedule is up there with mastering astrophysics, i.e. nearimpossible. If keeping all those balls in the air is making you wish for octopus arms, then it’s time to cheat your way to organisational bliss with these savvy shortcuts. Dress for success The first step is to ensure that the majority of your prep is done the night

before. Get your kids to help you lay out their uniform and any accessories – such as hair clips – before bed, bag up the smaller items in a drawstring pouch and hang everything on the back of the door. If space is at a premium, gather up all the items needed, lay them on a flat surface, such as a bed, and then roll them all up into one neat package before stashing it in a drawer. Rolling, rather than folding, ensures that clothes remain crease free (always un-ball socks first), and leaves you with a neat, grab-and-go package that eliminates the frantic morning

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search. Note – this also works well for Mum and Dad’s outfits and saves valuable time. Swerve the inevitable shoes-on-thewrong-feet panic by putting two halves of a sticker in your kids’ shoes. They just need to match the halves to ensure that the shoes are on correctly! Best face forward While the kids are getting dressed, you’ve got approximately three-anda-half minutes to tackle your hair and make-up for the day.


If you like to wash your hair in the morning, invest in a microfibre towel to wrap around your hair as you leave the shower. This will soak up any excess water quickly, significantly speeding up your blow-dry. No time for a washand-blow dry? Dry shampoo, or, in a pinch, baby powder to the rescue! Apply sparingly to oily roots, rub through, then brush out with a natural bristle brush for fresh(ish) hair that will see you through the day. Finally, to avoid lipstick on your teeth, after application always put your finger in your mouth, close your lips around it then pop it out. Any excess colour will cling to your finger, rather than your teeth. Eat smart In an ideal world we’d all love to linger over long family breakfasts of pancakes, eggs and hot coffee… but back to reality, where everyone is halfway out of the door as soon as the alarm rings. How to ensure that everyone is fuelled up and ready to face the day?

Batch-cook crêpes in advance, then load up with chopped fruit, nut butters, cottage cheese… the options are endless. Substitute regular flour for quinoa, coconut or chia flour for a high-protein hack that will keep hunger at bay until lunchtime. Alternatively, smoothies are always a popular choice, with near-endless varieties to explore. Simply throw in your choice of fruit (bags of frozen fruit work well here), veggies, perhaps some seeds and some protein (tofu gives a lovely creamy texture if dairy’s off the menu), press go, then run. Another perpetual headache is the packed lunch, but again, massproduction is the name of the game to save time. Batch-make sandwiches then freeze (defrost overnight in the fridge). You can also freeze juice boxes and water bottles for refreshing break-time drinks that double as cool packs, and portion off several small pots of raisins, carrot sticks and grapes to throw in at the last minute. Finally, ensuring that each child has

The first step is to ensure that the majority of your prep is done the night before

two lunchboxes – one in use and one ready to go – enables you to pack for the next day at leisure and also saves stress if your kiddo forgets his box at school. On your bike…

… Your scooter, or even your feet! If you struggle to find time for a morning workout, then incorporating the school run into your exercise regime can save you time and money too! Of course, here in DB, there are always certain times of year when it’s either lashing it down with rain or sweltering hot, however this time of year is ideal for walking, biking or scooting with the kids to school. Throw on your workout gear and head straight out of the door – that way you won’t get sidetracked with other items on the to-do list. Walking to school is also a sneaky way to encourage kids to get moving without even realising they’re exercising, which is ideal for wouldbe couch potatoes. If they still need encouragement, then an active game, be it racing to the next fire hydrant, measuring who can jump the highest – or even Pokémon Go – makes the journey a little more fun.

Batch-cook crêpes in advance, then load up with nutritious toppings

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Now you’ve reclaimed your morning routine with these easy hacks, hitting the snooze button may once again become a realistic option. Enjoy!

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MASTER CLASS DMR School of Ballet’s new dance teacher Christina Lai opens up to Jennifer Atepolikhine about her dazzling career with the Hong Kong Ballet and her latest teaching role


e all can remember that special teacher who inspired us to keep going when faced with difficulties and taught us not to give up, and for DMR School of Ballet’s new dance teacher Christina Lai, that was Jean Wong.

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“When I was in primary school, we had dance teachers who would come to watch and spot talent; they would look for flexibility, ability to follow instructions and posture. I was lucky enough to win the Tsinforn C. Wong Memorial Scholarship to train at the Jean M. Wong School of Ballet,” Christina says. “I went three times a week, travelling from my home on Kowloon side to the Happy Valley studio. The journey time was often over twice the lesson time but I loved ballet so much it was worth it.” That Christina’s early dedication paid off will not be news to ballet fans, since she danced professionally with the Hong Kong Ballet from 1988 to 2000. Moving up through the ranks from the corps de ballet to senior soloist artist, she recalls this time in her life as “simply fabulous”. Her many leading roles included Lise in La

fille mal gardée, the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker and the Girl in Blue in Les Patineurs. A grand passion Christina teamed up with DMR in August, though she has been teaching ballet across Hong Kong since her son Tim, 15, was born. “I was drawn to work at DMR because the school offers a wide range of teaching styles, plus the demanding and exacting curriculum of the RAD [Royal Academy of Dance] courses,” she says. “With high-level students, particularly, this helps them focus on a goal and keeps them motivated to achieve higher and higher standards.” Interestingly, Christina finds her DB students quite different from those she teaches elsewhere in Hong Kong. The DB kids are always asking questions and the reasons behind her instructions, while her other students accept what she says more easily. Christina also admits that at times discipline is challenging, especially with the younger DB dancers.

Christina Lai inspiring students at DMR School of Ballet

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“Ballet technique with the correct posture is the most important thing to learn, followed by artistry – they need to learn how to dance gracefully – and self-discipline,” Christina explains. It’s clear that Christina teaches ballet in order to share her life’s passion, and her own ‘Cinderella’ story is truly inspirational. After training with Jean Wong, she was awarded the Heinz Bosl Scholarship in 1985 to study with Madame Marika Besabrasova at the Ecole de Danse Classique Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo. In 1988, Christina won the South China Morning Post Student Dancer of the Year Award and joined the Hong Kong Ballet. Christina’s glittering career has allowed her to travel the world, perform before thousands and find true love (she met her husband Danny Wong when he was working backstage for the Hong Kong Ballet) but she is cautious about encouraging young ballerinas to follow in her footsteps. “As a teenager, I missed out on a lot of the social life my friends enjoyed and I also had to be very careful about what I ate,” she says. “There’s no denying it’s a tough profession but wholly worth it if you have the passion!”

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PiPsters will love The (all-new) BIG Picnic




Having taken the reins of The BIG Picnic, launching on November 5, rock star, flyboy‌ and event organiser Nick Flavell is making big plans for the future. Elizabeth Kerr reports November 2016


Bands play across three stages DB dance troupes, clubs and schools are in on the act


ick Flavell is wholly unperturbed. The freshly minted director – and organiser, and programmer, and marketing guru, and headliner – is days away from kicking off the revamped Picnic in the Park (PiP), now The BIG Picnic (TBP), on November 5. While it’s been a lot of work (he says he doesn’t know if he’s going to have a wife much longer), he is decidedly unaffected by pre-launch jitters. “They left me a sinking ship and I have to make it float again,” jokes Nick, before tipping his hat to Jim AlbaDuignan’s original crew for making PiP what it was. Nick, who moonlights as both a pilot and the frontman for DB band Helium3, was one of the minds behind the original PiP back in 2005, but had never really been involved in the nuts and bolts of organising it. “It was literally a stage set up in the park. I think it started with four or five bands, and it got bigger each year,” he recalls. “Then they got the community involved – the local dance groups would come and do a show, the schools wanted to come in – and it snowballed into the twostage event.” So long Siena Park The ship wasn’t sinking but it had sprung a serious leak – last year, PiP lost both its main sponsor and primary venue. But any cloud can have a silver lining. Newly dubbed The BIG Picnic (TBP), the popular

and wholly voluntary, resident-run event is throwing down the gauntlet and proving there’s more to live music than (the younger) Clockenflap. Unintended it may be, but TBP is setting itself up as the more local, less aggressively alternative cousin to that high-profile festival weekend. “The venue change – and hence the name change – was because it used to be in Siena Park. It was a park,” explains Nick with a smile. “It was near Discovery College and they had some playing fields, and we used the grass there as the second stage. It was really well set up. Then Discovery College went and turfed their pitches.” Nick understands full well Discovery College did nothing wrong – it’s a school, not a concert hall. But seeing as very little is less welcoming and fun to hang out on than Astroturf, the hunt was on for a new venue. Even if a solution had been found, the festival would have been on the hook for any damage to the field. “We would have to pay over a million dollars to fix it,” Nick says. That was simply too much stress for a free event, trying to keep costs down, stick to one day – and maintain its charitable nature. TBP landed in really the only location that makes sense – in DB Plaza and on the adjacent beach, Tai Pak Wan. After Jim officially passed the baton early in 2016, Nick and his right hand, Steve Garrett, installed a new team, which included an impartial programming committee, and got to work creating Hong Kong’s answer to Austin City Limits.  November 2016

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Helium3 is set to play the main stage

“We’re changing the atmosphere a bit. Before it was like a dog chasing its tail. Once the music was on at 10.30am it never stopped until 9.30pm,” begins Nick. “Based on the feedback we’ve got, people don’t want that all the time. They want to watch an act, like it, chill out, grab a beer and wander around.” Bayside bonnaroo So what’s in store? The first, smaller stage in DB Plaza will be the busiest, with community events and local schools showcasing their bands and troupes, and the music will have a country-folktechno vibe. The beach stage, facing the water, will feature more established bands and will be complemented by an unofficial third stage for laidback acoustic sets between main stage acts, perched not far from the beer tents. Lining the plaza, behind the stage, will be a Handmade Hong Kong-organised marketplace for local artisans and food vendors. It’s an ambitious plan. “Absolutely,” states Nick. “And I wouldn’t use the term ‘community event’ anymore. We are looking for support from Hong Kong and it’s starting to come anyway. The location change will really help.” True. Admission is just the cost of a ferry ticket that drops you right at the venue door. “If Discovery Bay and Hong Kong want this event to keep going it was the

only option,” argues Nick, knowing full well there are likely to be complaints (RIP Victoria Park’s Rockit Hong Kong), but he’s confident that after all is said and done, residents will be thrilled – and sponsors will return. “I think last year PiP was voted Discovery Bay’s favourite event with Hong Kongers,” Nick says. “It’s a proper festival now. Or it will be after November.” And therein lies the biggest challenge. Nick is thankful that sponsors Hong Kong Resort, Headland Homes, AM Capital, RMD Kwikform and Hemingway’s By The Bay have come to the rescue this year. And he hopes a new wristband policy will help cover costs and leave enough left over for TBP’s supported charities (KELY Support Group, Plastic Free Seas and Hong Kong Student Aid Society). For a HK$100 wristband in advance or at the door, attendees will be entitled to perks like discounts on beer, food, some market goods and merchandise. If half the expected 10,000 buy a wristband, TBP should come out in the black. The only question left is who’s on the bill. Nick and Co. are still tweaking the line-up but it will include Nick’s Helium3 and The Red Stripes. Nick is looking for gigging bands with flair,

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poise and, frankly, stage presence. Liam Gallagher types need not apply. “This is not what we want,” he says. “We want bands to engage the audience.” Be prepared for some surprises; gone are the days when friends of friends picked up spots. “It did seem a bit incestuous in the past. We’re trying to remove that,” says the man who runs the show and whose band is playing the de facto main stage. “I’ve been trying to get us the headliner slot for four years!” Nick cracks, adding, “If it’s not us, that’s fine by me. We can try again next year.”

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WELCOME TO THE BIG PICNIC 2016! It’s that time of year again; first Saturday in November – PICNIC TIME! A new location and a slightly different approach, but all the same great ingredients that went into making Picnic in the Park such a success for the last ten years continue with this our eleventh show – The BIG Picnic – once again showcasing fantastic local Discovery Bay talent and raising money to support the work of our nominated charities. It’s with great pride and excitement that we bring The BIG Picnic back to November, where it will stay. This annual event showcases Discovery Bay’s community spirit at its best as DB residents come together to enjoy a dazzling variety of music, dance and local talent, helping raise awareness and funds for local charities Plastic Free Seas, Kely Support Group, and Hong Kong Student Aid Society. The BIG Picnic nearly didn’t happen again this time due to needing to find a new location. We have been lucky to receive the support and help of Hong Kong Resorts, Discovery Bay City Owners, RMD Kwikform, Pegasus, Headland Homes and a host of other sponsors listed here and around the venue. Without them today would not have been possible. We’re very grateful and would like to use this opportunity to thank them, especially Key Lam from DBSML. Our new location has not been without controversy though and has required some compromises. For size, transportation, and convenience it offered the best alternative for this wonderful annual event to continue. With this in mind, we ask for your assistance in treating the beach, the beach village and its residents with respect, and most importantly keeping the whole area clean. We invite everyone down to Tai Pak Beach to join us for a day of great music and fun! Bring your family and friends, bring a picnic, or enjoy the great food and beverages available at the beach and in the plaza. Sit back and relax while enjoying the acts on our three stages, or wandering around the market stalls in the plaza. The Beach Stage will be hosting the main bands, and we have a smaller Acoustic Stage next to our very own BIG Picnic Beach Bar. The Plaza Stage is hosting an array of dance acts and music, then from 5pm both Beach and Plaza Stages become live music venues. This event continues to be organised on a non-profit basis by a team of local DB volunteers who give up months of their time for this one day, so a BIG BIG Picnic THANK YOU to all who have contributed to making it happen – and to everyone in the DB community for their ongoing support. We hope The BIG Picnic will continue for many years to come! Photo: Baljit Gidwani –

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Nick Flavell Steve Garrett Ricky Cumes Mona Gadalla-Carter Belinda Howard The BIG Picnic Organising Team L to R: Nick, Ricky, Belinda, Mona, Steve


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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FIRST AID & LOST PROPERTY If you need First Aid assistance or have any lost or found property, please visit the First Aid station next to the Beach Stage. LOST CHILDREN AND GENERAL ENQUIRIES Event Information Desk is located in the backstage area to the right of the Beach Stage. Please direct enquiries and emergencies here. KIDS’ ZONE Bouncy castles and a playground to help keep kids entertained all day! All the fun is at the northern end of the beach.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Show your support and pick up your HK$100 event Wristband! Get special prices on beer, wine and soft drinks at The BIG Picnic Beach and Plaza Bars as well as Hemingway’s and McSorley’s. Discounts at selected market stalls, event T-Shirts, and the chance to win fantastic prizes in our lucky draw. Your purchase supports the festival and this year’s charities. 50% of proceeds go directly to Plastic Free Seas, Kely Support Group and Hong Kong Student Aid Society. Pre-order yours from or purchase on the day at our BIG Picnic Plaza and Beach Bars and The BIG Picnic merchandise stall. Hurry – limited numbers available!

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LEARNING MATH IS FUN! Eye Level math is operated in more than 25 countries with a total of over 2.5 million students. The programme has been awarded Parent’s Choice for Educational Brand for multiple years. Hermann Chu, Director of Eye Level Health and Intelligence Education Centre says “We started our centre in the south plaza 10 years ago as E.NOPI MATH and after worldwide rebranding to EYE LEVEL MATH moved to North Plaza. We are happy that we have helped students to improve and enjoy math throughout the years and we are happy that their parents also entrust their brothers and sisters to our caring.”

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students while at the same time encourage Self Directed Learning. We have a proven track record in helping students to either advance in their math group level or simply gain confidence in the subject.” FUTURE PLANS “We understand the learning needs of the kids in this community thus we will enhance the learning experience of students with Eye Level Math Online, which is a great revision tool. We will continue to strengthen the communication with parents, and are also considering to launch Eye Level Chinese and Eye Level English to provide a one-stop solution to students. All our tutors are very happy that we have been and will be part of our students’ successful and happy life journeys.”

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Why are bookstores across the globe facing closure?

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In a world where books are just a click away, the digital onslaught of e-books and Amazon-style retailers has put bookstores in a difficult predicament. Is the bricks-and-mortar family bookstore on borrowed time? Trisha Hughes finds out


’ve always imagined that Heaven will be a kind of library. I’m the sort of person who gets drunk off that old book smell and I believe that something magical happens when you physically open a book. Buying a book is not about purchasing a possession. It’s about securing a portal to the unknown because books aren’t made up of only words and pages. They’re made up of

hopes, dreams and possibilities. They let us travel anywhere we want without even moving our feet.

most constant of friends, the wisest of counsellors and the most patient of teachers.

We can lose ourselves in books but we can also find ourselves there too. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper, world after world after world unfolds and if you listen, they sing to you. They really do. Books are the quietest and

So why are bookstores across the globe facing closure? Have digital books led us astray? Have we been lured away by the siren song of Amazon’s underpricing? Have we been careless, failing to support the very places that have hosted our children’s story hours and

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brought in touring authors at summerreading tables for them? Is there even a future for the bookstore? Living on borrowed time The older I get, the more I realise I just need the simple things in life to make me happy: a comfy home surrounded by the people I love, a good book to read and a local meeting place to catch up with friends. Having said that, I know I’m not the only one who was devastated last month to hear that Dymocks had shut its doors in DB Plaza. To most DBers, Dymocks wasn’t just a bookstore. It was a social venue for

readers who loved to browse and chat. I’ve spent many happy hours there with a book in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. Looking up, I’ve realised that everyone was carrying on with their lives as usual, as though I hadn’t just experienced an emotional trauma at the hands of a paperback. Dymocks was somewhere we spent time with our kids and grandkids, sharing our love of books over a juice and a coffee. Very little beats saying to a child, ‘Pull up a chair, I have a story to tell you’. By introducing children to our favourite authors, we teach them that while there are some books you read, and some you enjoy, there are others that just swallow you

up heart and soul. They are the proof that some books work magic. As Plato said, “Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Family-dedicated Dymocks and its welcoming owners, Susan and Carlos Leung, will be sadly missed. Of the closure, Susan explains: “It has been an impossible battle but we’ve run this race the best way we can. We lost quite a lot of money but have gained so much life experience, knowing so well this trade is not for standalone owners. We are glad to know Bookazine will come in, for them it should be easier with financial backup and a wholesale distributor.” And there, of course, is the silver lining: Bookazine is relocating this month from DB North Plaza to a much larger premises in DB Plaza. Upholding a tradition

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In my humble opinion, to be successful, bookstores must have small, quiet spaces cocooned with books, larger spaces to browse, and intimate spaces set aside for reading. Service should be knowledgeable, the inventory expertly selected, spaces well designed and the events enticing. Bookstores must also buzz with activity – authors must be allowed to have launches and read  November 2016




Bookazine is relocating from DB North Plaza to a larger premises in DB Plaza

excerpts from their books. Bookstores must improve the experience of buying books and go one step further.

Talking to Bookazine’s marketing manager Clemence Robine, I am assured that the family-run chain, established 31 years ago in Hong Kong, is about to come into its own in its new DB location. For starters, readers will be delighted to note that the store’s opening event on November 19 is a family sleepover. Clemence says we can “expect storytelling, cookies and milk and lots of fun”. For the team at Bookazine, headed up by the Mirchandani sisters, it seems every consideration has been pondered. “We want to make our customers’ lives easy,” says Clemence. “If we don’t have a book you want in DB, we can bring it over from one of our other branches, or order it especially for you. We also have an in-store Partytime shop selling [imported] balloons and piñatas, partyware, party decorations, party bags and more. We always welcome suggestions on the products we carry in our shops.” Assured that children in the community are going to be well looked after, I have one more question for Clemence, one

Very little beats saying to a child, ‘Pull up a chair, I have a story to tell you’

There are only three choices in life: Give up, give in or give it your all. In Bookazine, books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs are by elevators. The Mirchandanis have accepted the challenge and they are giving it their all. It is now up to us to support our local bookstore.

Resources for local booklovers • Sign your little bookworms up for creative writing classes. The Story Studio runs 90-minute workshops in DB for kids who love reading and writing stories. Email • Start a book club. Meeting with friends, who share your love of books, can be a lot of fun. The best book clubs are hosted at members’ homes with a different author discussed each month • Stay abreast of the local writing scene. Proverse, co-founded by DB residents Gillian and Verner Bickley, publishes in and from Hong Kong and hosts regular Meet the Author events. The Proverse Prize is an annual, international competition for an unpublished, publishable, book-length work of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. To find out more, email • Watch out for family-focused events and book signings at Bookazine in DB Plaza. Email

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that is dear to my heart. What about local authors? “We champion local authors and often do book launches and signings and we often organise family-focused events,” she says.

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ew Chung International School (YCIS) has been providing quality education, with a bilingual focus, for over 80 years. Recognised as one of the top international schools in Hong Kong, YCIS provides throughtrain education to expatriate and local children, aged six months to 18 years old.

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YCIS – Secondary is authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) as an IB World School. It is also an authorised Cambridge International Examination (CIE) Centre. YCIS has received accreditation from the Council of International Schools (CIS) and New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The YCIS International Curriculum, through kindergarten, primary and secondary, prepares students to become bilingually competent in English and Chinese and internationally minded for our globalised world. Based

on the framework of the National Curriculum for England, it delivers a broad, research-based curriculum that promotes the best within each individual and can provide an easy transition between countries. A global education YCIS offers the unique richness and diversity of both Eastern and Western cultures that equip children to be bilingual, competitive, appreciative and caring global citizens. Students are nurtured in a multicultural environment through a fully rounded and balanced education which transforms them into global thinking individuals. YCIS combines the best of Eastern and Western cultures by promoting fluency in two major world languages, creating a truly bilingual learning environment, and providing appreciation of Eastern and Western philosophy. Excursions reach far and beyond Hong Kong, with the World Classroom programme offering trips to other continents for culture immersion. The Chinese

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The integration of Eastern and Western cultures is also achieved through the Co-Principals and CoTeaching models. Two Co-Principals, one Western and one Chinese, serve as partners in the operations and administration of the school. In addition, two fully-qualified teachers, one Western and one Chinese, together plan lessons and conduct classes in the Early Childhood Education and Primary School – they are excellent role models who respect and value one another’s culture. Primary and secondary sections The YCIS International Curriculum in Primary Years provides a strong academic education, with an emphasis on all-round education. This is evident in the integrated approach and use of flexible learning areas, culminating in increased collaborative spaces and varying work styles. Embedded within the curriculum are Character Education and Global Issues; both are cotaught in English and Chinese, which expands bilingual vocabulary and widens awareness. The ratio of English/ Chinese across the timetable is 70-75% / 30-25%. The YCIS Secondary Programme continues and develops skills such as critical thinking, research ability, creativity and collaborative work. English is the key medium of instruction but all students must maintain Mandarin, either as a first or second language. Chinese (culture) Studies continues to Year 9. The strong YCIS music programme enhances children’s reasoning skills, develops patience, concentration, coordination and self-discipline. Character education programmes focus on developing positive qualities and good morals.


Secondary students advance to undertake the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. YCIS maintains 100% university placement with students admitted to top universities in Hong Kong and overseas. By recognising the importance of multiple intelligence and individual learning styles, YCIS nurtures all aspects of students’ growth including their intellectual, artistic, social, spiritual and physical development.

Apply for a YCIS scholarship or bursary The secondary section offers many channels through which deserving students can access a quality international education. These benefits can give full or partial tuition fee exemption and the payment of debenture can be discussed. For further information, call 3975 6820 or email • Scholarships: Arts/ Music/ Sports/ Overall Achievement • Bursaries: Means-based (handled in complete confidence) • International Student Award: For international students who have lived outside Hong Kong/ China for four years and show commitment to their schooling

Meet the academic leaders YCIS offers frequent Information Sessions whereby parents can meet the Co-Principals and other members of the teaching faculty. To reserve your seats, visit visit-our-school. • November 10, from 6pm to 8pm: A focus on Years 7 to 9 • November 17, from 6pm to 8pm: A focus on Years 10 to 13

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ALL ABOARD Chinese chess and Mahjong are two classic games that never get old. Sam Agars talks strategy with DB’s Islands District Council Member Amy Yung and finds out why both games are easy to learn but extremely difficult to master


Chinese chess contest organised by Discovery Bay’s Islands District Council member Amy Yung in July generated significant interest, predominantly among elderly local residents eager to test their skill against new opponents and create bonds within the community. Lovers of Chinese chess tend also to be fans of Mahjong, and it seems both games are enjoying a bit of a revival locally. We take a look at the ins and outs of

each of these games, explore their following in DB and find out just what it is about them that has seen them stand the test of (a very long) time. Piece by piece

opposing armies aiming to take down one another’s king. While some pieces are the same in each game, others differ, notably the cannon, which moves like a rook but captures by jumping an opponent’s pieces.

Chinese chess is a strategic board game that has similarities to international chess in the way that pieces must start in specific positions and different pieces can move certain directions and distances. Like international chess, it’s played on a board of 64 squares with

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Amy Yung is encouraging residents to get together and play Chinese chess

what next step the opposition party will do, so that is why you need a lot of thinking,” she says. “It is not physical training but you need a lot of practice and you must play with different players to see different strategic games. It is an educational exercise – you train the brain.” Accounts differ as to the history of the game and the exact date it was invented is hard to pinpoint. Some suggest Chinese chess is a variant of international chess, which was invented in India in the sixth century, while others believe it evolved out of a game called Liubo, which was big in China some 3,500 years ago. Amy admits the number of people playing Chinese chess in DB is not huge, but is confident her recent Chinese chess contest has aroused interest in the game. “We had some people come who are extremely quiet in the community that engaged in the activity,” she adds. “A lot of them said how much they enjoyed meeting new friends with a shared interest, and they plan to carry on.” On the tiles Mahjong is immensely popular throughout China and Hong Kong, and it too enjoys a strong following with

DB’s older generation. “Young people are so keen on the IT games, they are not interested in Mahjong anymore,” Amy laments. Played by four people with 136 tiles, the aim is to get a complete set – four sets of three and a pair. There are 16 rounds in a game, with a winner after each round. The game – which can be played with an additional eight ‘flower’ tiles – was formalised in China in the 1800s, although variations of it have been played for centuries. Mahjong often involves a gambling aspect, with players gaining points for their hand, and points given a monetary value agreed on in advance. Similar to the Western card game Rummy, Mahjong is a game of skill,

“In Mahjong, you have to consider the other three parties and you have to determine which party you want to join as allies,” Amy adds. “Sometimes you have to work with others but it all depends on the situation. If somebody has very good assets, they are surely going to win so sometimes, to reduce the damage, you have to help them win the pot. We learn that by sacrificing something, we gain something – that is the best part of the game.”

Having a punt While gambling in any form is illegal in China, you can legally play Mahjong for money in Hong Kong, if you do it correctly. For the casual player, who enjoys a game with friends, putting a few dollars on the line is legal as long as you’re not playing in the course of a trade or business. You can also bet legally at Mahjong parlours, as long as they are licensed by the government. These can include restaurants, function rooms and clubhouses, licensed by the Home Affairs Bureau. There are still many illegal Mahjong parlours operating in Hong Kong and police are often shutting them down.

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strategy and calculation and it involves a degree of chance. Like Chinese chess, you get better at it the more you play. Amy sees Mahjong as a perfect way to keep the mind and wits sharp. “I was trained at a very young age by my mother, that is why my mathematics is very good,” she jokes.

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Kate Farr takes a look at five of the best destinations for wellness travel, all within easy reach of DB. Be it detox, diving or cycling, these breaks will keep you fighting fit as you see the world

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hether it’s the proximity to the airport, our pilotheavy population or simply the fact that we’re a pretty adventurous bunch, us DBers really do travel often! Combine this wanderlust with our love of fitness and you’ve got the perfect ingredients for a holiday with a difference.

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Situated just 90 minutes outside of Manila, this tranquil space is a total retreat from the outside world. You can expect plush and spacious villas complete with private pools and expansive terraces, a serene on-site spa and fully tricked-out jungle gym.

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ESCAPES a smart, architect-designed hotel right in the centre of bustling Beijing. The sister hotel to our very own Upper House, The Opposite House blends modern western design with ancient Chinese heritage pieces throughout the property. The spacious rooms are cool and contemporary and the rain showers and large oak tubs in every bathroom are ideal for soaking away the last of your post-race aches and pains. Yoga in the Himalayas

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a little drastic, The Farm’s fitness programme includes daily boot camp sessions, circuit training and plyometrics, followed by delicious vegan cuisine at the award-winning Alive! restaurant. Run (then relax!) in China Effectively killing two birds with one stone, the Great Wall Marathon is an extremely challenging run in one of the world’s most memorable settings. Attracting seasoned runners

from around the globe, the next race takes place in May 2017, with more than 2,500 entrants expected on the day. Choose from either full- or halfmarathon courses or an 8.5-kilometre fun run and make the most of the incredible atmosphere (and photo opportunities) that this unique race offers. Extend your stay with a recovery retreat at The Opposite House,

Yoga at Ananda In The Himalayas


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Serious and aspiring Yogis be warned – after completing a retreat at Ananda In The Himalayas, your studio-based stretches may never feel quite the same again. Situated in the verdant Himalayan foothills (transfer via Delhi), this stunningly beautiful property was once a maharaja’s estate, and the Viceregal Palace was painstakingly restored to form part of the current building. Ananda’s guest rooms, suites and villas are every bit as luxurious, with plush bedding and large balconies offering sweeping views across the valley to the imposing mountains beyond. But it’s the yoga, meditation and Ayurveda that’s the real selling point here. 

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Catch all five races live on the big screen at Hong Kong Football Club on Melbourne Cup Day. Expect free-flowing drinks, great Australian food from Farmer’s Kitchen and a post-race after party. Funds raised go to local charity Angels for Orphans. For tickets, priced at HK$1,060, visit


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The 16th Hong Kong International Literary Festival brings over 35 celebrated writers together for a series of events designed to have the city reading, talking and debating. Highlights include an evening with Orange Prize for Fiction winner Lionel Shriver, and a series of events exploring North Korea with activist, defector and bestselling author, Lee Hyeon-seo. For tickets, visit

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LADY OF THE CAMELLIAS Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui Adapted from Alexandre Dumas’ novel of the same name, Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias is making its Asian premiere. One of the greatest love stories of all time, the novel also inspired Verdi’s opera, La Traviata and films such as Baz Lurhmann’s Moulin Rouge. Leading dancers from the Hong Kong Ballet are accompanied by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, with the show featuring soulful vocal performances, plus music by Chopin. For tickets, starting at HK$140, visit


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Push your limits, test your strength and challenge your endurance as the world’s leading obstacle course race series makes its Hong Kong debut. The 5-kilometre+ Spartan Sprint, the shortest distance in the series, includes more than 20 signature obstacles in its elite/ competitive and open categories. For registration, starting at HK$790, visit

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Originated by New York’s Museum of Modern Art, The World of Tim Burton provides a glimpse into the visionary director’s surreal imagination. The touring exhibition is divided into nine sections, featuring paintings, models, costumes and puppets. Burton’s napkin sketches – demonstrating the spontaneity of his creative process – are a highlight for fans. Admission is free for children under six; for tickets, starting at HK$180, visit November 2016



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Lamma Fun Day Beach Music Festival is an annual treat for the whole family, with food and market stalls, kids’ activities and, of course, top live music from local bands. Proceeds go to the Child Welfare Scheme to improve educational resources and infrastructure for school children in Nepal. For more information, visit the Lamma Fun Day Facebook page.

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Central Harbourfront, Central Over 500 craft beers from more than 100 breweries across the world are in the lineup for this year’s Beertopia. The festival, now in its fifth year and bigger than ever, is set to feature a shisha garden, giant beer pong, live bands and great food. For tickets starting at HK$285, visit


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Conrad Hong Kong, Admiralty As the festive season rolls in, get a head start on your Xmas shopping at the Gift and Lifestyle Fair on November 21, and the Pre-Christmas Gift Parade on November 29. The amazing gift ideas from around the world encompass everything from jewellery and fashion, to gourmet food, homeware and children’s products. Admission is free. For more information, visit

CLOCKENFLAP Central Harbourfront, Central Clockenflap, Hong Kong’s biggest arts and music festival, is back for its ninth year with a world-class line-up. Headliners include The Chemical Brothers, Sigur Rós and Foals. Festivalgoers can expect international, regional and local music, film and art. For tickets, which start at HK$850 but increase in price as the weekend approaches, visit


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The Movember Foundation is a leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men’s health. It addresses some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. Independent of government funding, it has financed more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world over the past 13 years. During Movember (the month formerly known as November), the Movember Foundation challenges men to grow moustaches in order to become walking, talking billboards for men’s health. Now in its fifth official year in Hong Kong, the local Movember campaign focuses on raising funds and awareness for those living with prostate cancer and testicular cancer. Funds raised go to The Hong Kong Cancer Fund. Growing a moustache is not the only way to do your bit during Movember. Mo Bros (and Sisters) are encouraged to take part in one of the many fundraisers being put on in Hong Kong this month. To get involved, visit or email

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Fully furnished, 2- & 3-bed apartments available for long- or short-term lease. Minimum rental period 1 month. In excellent condition. Contact Miss Man on 9806 9175/ 9872 7395, Visit

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

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VILLA IN TABANAN, BALI FOR SALE Quiet, furnished 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom villa with private dipping pool. Perfect vacation home after minimal renovation. Surrounded by rice paddies & 5 minutes to the beach. Contact, or visit

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

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

Beautiful 150-year-old, 3-bed cottage in Perthshire, with oak-beamed lounge & dining room, modern kitchen, bathroom & shower. Ideal summer cottage/ holiday or retirement home, with lovely gardens. Offers over £375,000 (HK$4.3M) considered. Contact (+44) 17964 82527 or

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hirty-five years struggling in the Himalayas and up other high and remote hills, and I created my own FEAR acronym: Forget ‘Eroics And Retreat. From time to time, it seemed to work: When in doubt, get the hell out. As far as I can tell adventure racing at some point involves a tussle with gravity, an aspect of the physical with which I am sadly familiar. By way of an example, I’ll take you back to a balcony-based incident that befell me in 2015. Returning home with an injured leg after a hike in Europe, I had the offending limb scanned and found the problem resolved. Overjoyed, I hurried home, removed my shoes, poured myself a glass of Chilean red and ventured to the balcony to celebrate. But the slippery wet tiles had other plans. Feet flew skyward and I landed like a sack of ripe mangoes with broken glass, blood, vino and smashed ankle sloshing around on the rainy deck. The irony was not lost – nearly 20 treks in Nepal and not so much as a blistered toe.

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Thrills ‘n’ spills


Racing for eight-year-olds is new to me. My own nefarious background at that age was limited to hurling rocks through someone’s window, and being chased up the street. Asked to comment on DB’s Team FEAR event, which sees some 700 kids adventure racing across the resort every November, I decided to examine each challenge separately. Mountain biking: Having staggered up (and luckily also down) a few



Scary fun for 700 DB adventurers

Peter Sherwood looks into Discovery Bay’s Team FEAR event – for kids from eight to 18 – and takes it personally

mountains, I am unable to recall a time when a bicycle would have been an asset. Swimming: My son is a super swimmer and swim coach, while I suffer mightily from a top half that sort of floats and a bottom 50% that refuses to. My son in the water is often compared to a dolphin. He likens me to a giraffe. That’s enough on that subject. Pier jumping: A precursor to swimming, I assume, and not a sport in which I have recently participated. More than a few exasperated editors have suggested I ‘take a long walk off a short pier’, clearly a kind and generous invitation to take up this pastime. Canoeing: Here, I boast genuine experience gained from a month in the

jungle with Outward Bound at age 18. Our final test was canoeing up river for hours and then hiking back to camp over some days. I was responsible for the food, which, on landing, we discovered I had left behind. If my companions found that amusing, they did a superb job of hiding it. A hungry day found us in an abandoned carrot farm where we loaded up. Two days later we emerged from the forest looking like Donald Trump. Each year, spaces for Team FEAR sell out within a couple of hours, which says a lot about the youth of today. All these disciplines in one day bring to mind the words of P.Z. Pearce: “If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.”

Peter Sherwood has lived in DB for 17 years. The former head of an international public relations firm, Peter is the author of 15 books and he has written around 400 satirical columns for the South China Morning Post.

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Around DB November Issue 2016  

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