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Discovery Bay’s original community magazine

APRIL 2017

FUTURISTIC URBAN FARM

Experiments in green living Easter eggs three ways

Your guide to the Hong Kong Sevens PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST

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CONTENTS April 2017

PROFILE

TALKING POINTS

DB artist Carolina Kollmann

Eco-aware designer home

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IN FOCUS

ESCAPES

Spiritual home of the sevens

A local’s guide to Melbourne

36 FAMILY MATTERS Taking the classroom outdoors

54 For the latest Around DB updates, find us on:

REGULARS 29

GIVEAWAYS Win big prizes

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PARENTING Hacking Earth Day

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RECIPES Eggie delights

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DB FACES Community snaps

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OUT THERE Island life

AGENDA 10

DB EVENTS

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HK HAPPENINGS

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CLASSIFIEDS

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PROPERTY

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LOCAL NUMBERS

ON THE COVER

Green-fingered activities at DBIS

To read the cover story, turn to page 40

Discovery Bay’s original community magazine

APRIL 2017

FUTURISTIC URBAN FARM

Experiments in green living Easter eggs three ways

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TENNIS NATIONS CUP It was a big weekend at the Tennis Nations Cup, March 4 to 5, with Germany winning the event for the first time. Teams donned their national kits and locked horns in two days of tough tennis played in the right spirit.


DB EVENTS

YOUR ROUNDUP

OF RECENT COMMUNIT Y E VENTS

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DB EVENTS

THE RACE AT DC Over 500 students from 14 schools across Hong Kong took part in The Race on March 11, with an eager crowd cheering the runners on.

Photos courtesy of DC

PIRATES v PIRATES NETBALL The first ever Pirates v Pirates semi-final took place on March 15, with the Scallywags and the Swashbucklers battling it out for a place in the HK Ladies League Division 6 final. There was nothing between the teams throughout the hotly contested match, with the Swashbucklers narrowly saluting 36-33. Swashbucklers face Valley Lions in the decider on April 3.

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DB EVENTS

DB ROTARY CLUB FUNDRAISER The Rotary Club of Discovery Bay’s first fundraiser was a huge success on February 25, with 150 people in attendance and over HK$120,000 raised for charity. The club thanks everyone who attended and donated. If you couldn’t make it to the event but would like to contribute, contact Christian Chasset on rotarydbay@gmail.com.

Photos courtesy of the Rotary Club of Discovery Bay

DB STREET ART PROJECT

Photos by Haydn Ridd Photos by Haydn Ridd

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After months of preparation and endless imagination, a street art project initiated by DB resident Haydn Ridd and involving DB students was completed on March 10. The project saw the students paint the box culverts on the path to La Vista and La Serene, giving them a completely new and eye-catching look and sprucing up the area.


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DB EVENTS

YOUR GUIDE TO UPCOMING

COMMUNIT Y EV ENTS

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Throughout April

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Integrated Medicine Institute (IMI) is offering complimentary 20-minute sessions designed to enhance health and well-being in body, mind, emotion and spirit. The IMI health advisors are there to listen, answer questions, provide information on the services on offer and direct you to the practitioner best fitted to your needs. Call 2537 1087 or email advice@imi.com.hk to book your session. April 1

STOCK UP AT THE PLANT MARKET

across from Haven Court, 2pm to 4.45pm. For more information, call 2238 3617.

Throughout April

TO ADOPT A PET

through Protection of Animals Lantau South (PALS), call Jacqui Green on 9197 4371, for Hong Kong Paws Foundation (PAWS), call Kat Cheung on 9485 5188. April 7

NATIONAL BEER DAY

April 2

BUY AND SELL all your lightly used goods at the DB Flea Market in DB Plaza from 12pm to 5pm. April 7-9

DBERS ROCKIN’ THE SEVENS Causeway Bay

The YRock teens are performing at the East Concourse, Hong Kong Stadium over Hong Kong Sevens weekend. Young DB performers include Kira Gregory, Aeden Reyes, Mikayla Boonstra and Saxon and Jarvis Whittaker. DB bands Rebellion, Still Unbroken, Helium3 and 852 Blue are also taking to the YRock stage to show their support. For more on the Hong Kong Sevens, turn to page 36.

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Photo courtesy of YRock

Throughout DB

National Beer Day is celebrated in bars across DB but do you know the history behind this special day? (And that you have US President Franklin D. Roosevelt to thank for it?) On March 22, 1933, Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act, which repealed prohibition for beer. Effective April 7, 1933, people across the US could once more buy, sell and consume beer. On the first National Beer Day, April 7, 1993, 1.5 million barrels of beer and ale were downed across the US. Let’s drink to that!

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SHOP THE DISCOVERY BAY SUNDAY MARKET

April 9

in DB Plaza from 11am to 6pm.

DB DOG CARNIVAL Discovery Bay Central Park After getting rained out on March 19, the DB Dog Home Sweet Home Carnival, organised by LoveTogether@ DB and City Management, is set to feature a dog parade, DB Dog’s Got Talent competition, dog behaviour training and live music and performances. You can also expect art, food and pet booths, 12pm to 4 pm. All are welcome; call 2238 3601 to enrol.

EASTER EGG HUNT AND FUN FAIR

Deadline: April 10

YOUNG WRITER’S COMPETITION 2017 Open to students across Lantau

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April 14 & 15

The April 10 deadline for the Around DB and Life on Lantau Young Writer’s Competition (YWC) is approaching fast. This year, we are asking students to write a 600- to 700-word account from the point of view of a famous historical figure. The YWC provides secondary school students living and/ or studying in Lantau with the chance to get published. To enter, check the YWC guidelines at www.arounddb.com or on the Around DB and Life on Lantau Facebook pages.

Tai Pak Wan and DB Plaza

Kids aged between three and 10 can get involved in the DB Easter egg hunt, with a massive 30,000 eggs to find and all participants receiving a welcome goodie bag. The event coincides with a free fun fair, with carnival booths and interactive games on the beach and in DB Plaza. To find out more, head to www.facebook. com/VisitDiscoveryBay. For more on Easter activities in DB, turn to page 24.

April 14 & 27

Photo courtesy of HKRI

PROVERSE POWERHOUSE Across Hong Kong

April 21

HLG ANNIVERSARY DB North Plaza

Harvey Law Group (HLG) is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its DB office, which provides business law, private client law, employment law and immigration law services. HLG also supports the community by sponsoring local sports teams and events, and it is sponsoring Hong www.harveylawcorporation.com Kong Rugby Sevens teams from Guyana and Russia. To find out more, email dboffice@harveylawcorporation.com.

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Long-term DB residents Gillian and Verner Bickley, founders of publishing house Proverse Hong Kong, are organising two major international literary competitions this year. The first is open for entry on April 14, the second on May 7. The Bickleys are also hosting the Proverse Spring Reception on April 27 in Mid-Levels. To sign up for the competition or the reception, visit www.proversepublishing.com. www.arounddb.com April 2017

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DB EVENTS April 23

JOIN AN EARTH DAY BEACH CLEAN-UP, organised

April 23

by Plastic Free Seas and DB Green, at Nim Shue Wan from 9am to 11am. Visit www.dbgreen.org.

BONAQUA LIFEPROOF ACTION SPRINT Start: DB Plaza

A&E TALK AT OT&P Club Siena April 27

Photo courtesy of OT&P

Want to know what to do in case of an accident or emergency concerning your child? OT&P Healthcare’s Dr James Lynch is holding a talk on this subject and answering parents’ concerns. The free, 40-minute talk starts at 9.30am and is followed by 30 minutes of question time. To reserve your seat by April 26, email event@otandp.com.

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The second leg of Action Asia’s Bonaqua Lifeproof Action Sprint series covers 13 kilometres of DB’s beaches, trails and roads. Registration, coming in at HK$320, is a must, so head to www.actionasiaevents.com to secure your spot.

LANTAU HIGHLIGHTS ENRICH EMPOWERMENT HIKE

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN RACE

Lantau trails

Start and finish: China Bear, Mui Wo

April 9

April 22

www.enrichhk.org Photo courtesy of Claus Rolff - Rainwater Photo

Join Enrich graduate and avid mountaineer DB resident Liza Avelino on the Enrich Empowerment Hike. There are three routes to choose from – the Nam Shan Country Trail, Lantau Peak and Sunset Peak – and all culminate in a cool-down session at Mui Wo’s Silvermine Beach. Tickets are HK$200 and all proceeds go to Enrich to support its bid to financially empower 10,000 migrant domestic workers this year. To register, head to www.enrichhk.org.

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Into its third year, the Country of Origin race, now sponsored by Around DB, sees over 500 runners tackle a 300-kilometre loop from Mui Wo to DB and back. Teams of three individuals of the same nationality run together, with many completing the course in full national or fancy dress. To register by April 8, contact Nic Tinworth on nic@racebase.asia or visit www.countryoforigin.asia.


DB EVENTS

NEW in DB CALI-MEX OPENING

SJP INVESTMENT PLAN

PIRATES’ COACH DEACON MANU

www.sjp.asia www.cali-mex.com

With outlets all over Hong Kong, CaliMex is renowned for its Californian-style Mexican food and is opening in DB North Plaza on April 10. Specialising in burritos, quesadillas, tacos, salads and nachos, Cali-Mex also does a mean churro. Find out more at www.cali-mex.com.

The new international investment plan by St. James’s Place (SJP) gives Hong Kong clients access to the firm’s distinctive investment management approach. The plan is only available through members of the St. James’s Place Partnership, who also provide advice on investment and tax planning for the medium to long term. To find out more, visit www.sjp.asia.

RUGBYTOTS BALL PLAY

The Discovery Bay Pirates has appointed ex-Fiji captain Deacon Manu as head of rugby, with Deacon to focus on developing a club-wide coaching philosophy and a player pathway for all ages. Deacon joins the Pirates after a stint as coach of Hong Kong Cricket Club.

FLIGHT CENTRE REP NATALIE FLYAZHENKOVA

www.rugbytots.hk

Launching in DB on April 23, Rugbytots’ fun, structured play sessions take children on a journey of sporting imagination with engaging and energetic coaches supporting them every step of the way. Rugbytots teaches kids how to catch, pass, kick, run with the ball and play as part of a team. For more information, email ben@rugbytots.hk.

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www.flightcentre.com.hk

After a great run in DB, Flight Centre Hong Kong has decided to focus on its flagship stores in Central, Wanchai and Happy Valley. As of April 1, DB resident Natalie Flyazhenkova is acting as a mobile consultant in DB, providing residents with face-toface consultations. For an appointment with Natalie, contact 2829 2006 or natalie.f@flightcentre.com.hk.


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Easter in DB:

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he culturally-diverse DB community brings people from many religions and all walks of life together. While not everyone celebrates Easter for its Christian meaning – the resurrection of Christ – the openminded attitude of DBers ensures Easter is an enjoyable time for all. With an Easter egg hunt and special game zones in DB Plaza, Easter is a special time for Discovery Bay’s youngsters. And it doesn’t stop there – themed restaurant promotions and a convivial atmosphere throughout the resort ensure all residents experience a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.

featuring interactive games and carnival booths. “DB really comes into its own over Easter,” says three-year resident and mother of three Janet Meade. “My kids are all under five and they absolutely adore the egg hunting on the beach. I can’t think of anywhere else in Hong Kong where kids can enjoy such a large-scale, outdoor

Easter activity, and it’s incredible that so many eggs are provided. The fair is also a real winner with my kids and I have to say, their dad really enjoys it too!” To top it all off this year, phase one upgrade works to the playground, at the northern end of Tai Pak Wan, will be completed before the holiday, giving children the chance

Eggstatic fun

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The Easter egg hunt on Tai Pak Wan has become a DB tradition and a favourite way to celebrate Easter for many kids. Taking place this year on April 14 and 15, the event has become famous for the sheer number of eggs hidden – this year’s hunt will see children search for 30,000 eggs – and the fact that all participants are sure to find some eggs. When children complete their hunt, they are asked to get involved in a little recycling, by returning the eggs to be reused the following year.

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An age-old tradition, egg hunts are now a popular way to celebrate the holiday amongst children across the globe. In DB, kids aged three to 10 can get involved in what is the perfect family day out. There is also a fun fair at Tai Pak Wan and in DB Plaza, April 2017 www.arounddb.com

Kids hunt for 30,000 eggs buried in the sand on Tai Pak Wan


Easter decorations are seen across the resort

Photo op with the Easter Bunny at D’Café

to explore the new facilities after the hunt. Holiday time Not everyone sees Easter as a religious holiday and it is used by many as an opportunity to spend time with family and friends and take a break from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong life. While families tend to head overseas during the summer and over Christmas, Easter is for many a time to stay put and enjoy what DB has to offer. Both plazas are sure to be abuzz, while D’Café, The Auberge, Discovery Bay Recreation Club and Club Siena are all running special promotions.

Family fun at Club Siena

international nature of Discovery Bay, and it is also a time for us to show our consideration of others. “There are people from all over the world in DB,” says Amy. “We welcome people from different religions and we respect each other. For Christians, like myself, Good Friday is very important for reflection and meditation. Special respect needs to be shown to Christians over Easter, and particularly on that day.”

is often referred to as the Lord’s Day,” Pastor James explains. “For many in DB, Easter brings to a close the 40 days of Lent which may also include Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services.” While churches across DB have a host of services and events planned for the Easter holiday, celebrations at the DBICC include an outdoor service on Good Friday at DB Lookout.

Religious celebrations

Of course Easter is celebrated in myriad different ways by different people and according to Pastor James Buckner of Discovery Bay International Church (DBICC), there are no regulations in the Bible about how Easter should be marked.

“A group of families and I will hike up Golf Course Road and once settled at the overlook, we will sing songs and meditate on Gospel passages that remind us of Christ’s suffering on the cross,” Pastor James says. “Seeing the sunrise helps us remember the Son who is risen.”

For Amy Yung, Discovery Bay’s Islands District Council member, Easter is a time to celebrate the

“There are biblical examples of the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ every Sunday on what

As a reward for those getting up so early, hot cross buns will be provided.

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Win tickets to SYZYGY live YOUR PRIZE: SYZYGY is offering two readers two tickets (worth HK$180 each) to see the band live at The Fringe Dairy, Central on April 21 at 9.30pm. The giveaway includes two complimentary drinks. FIND THE ANSWER: Hong Kong-based SYZYGY channels iconic pop songs into jazz, bossa nova, swing, samba and other easy listening grooves. The five-member band has a new take on everyone from Lady Antebellum to Lorde, The Beatles to Beyonce, and Michael Jackson to Madonna. One-night only, visit www.art-mate.net for tickets.

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Win tickets to Da-Bangg The Tour! YOUR PRIZE: The organisers are offering one reader two tickets (worth HK$999 each) to Name three see Da-Bangg Bollywood The Tour! at the Central superstars coming Harbourfront Event Space, to Hong Kong. Central on April 16 at 5pm.

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ART AND CULTURE

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Argentine transplant Carolina Kollmann holds an acrylic-and-oil mirror up to Hong Kong’s marginalised. Elizabeth Kerr reports

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he weekend was a pleasant one: a few clouds, a mild sun, and a warm breeze blowing in off the water. Or it was on Buenos Aires native Carolina Kollmann’s back lawn. Carolina is a DB artist gaining some traction for her not at all controversial, controversial paintings of Hong Kong life, and she’s also Argentine to the core. It’s a holiday weekend Friday. No guest is coming into her home without being served fat green olives,

snapping chips and a cool glass of pinot grigio. “My paintings are somewhat controversial in Hong Kong [because] people don’t want to know anything about real life or poverty,” Carolina theorises of her so-called notoriety, David Bowie wafting gently from the studio inside. While that may be the case for some – she was surprised that a local Chinese language daily balked at writing too much about her focus

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on domestic helpers – it’s the reason a lot of Carolina’s art is getting the attention it is. Portrait of the artist Carolina has an artist’s inquisitive mind and a penchant for (sometimes) brutal honesty, asking as many questions as she answers. She’s effortlessly sophisticated but her words are peppered with hilariously colourful metaphors. Carolina clearly doesn’t suffer


Carolina’s art is influenced by the everyday comings-and-goings in DB

fools, but she’s never arrogant, and she’s quick to put herself in the hot seat. “I got bored of not having much to do quickly,” she says of her early years as a mother (to Max, now 10). “I’m not crazy about exercising, and it’s too late now to make me look 20. It won’t get any better,” she adds with a dismissive chuckle. But it’s easy to see why Carolina, now 48, has no time for nonsense – anyone who came of age during Argentina’s Dirty War years wouldn’t. “I remember when I was very little, my grandmother would tell my dad: ‘She has to study art.’ I was drawing and painting with my markers, watercolours or whatever I could find, but I had no idea what an artist was. I liked the attention and the reaction of my teachers, friends and family to my art pieces. I do remember that. When I decided I wanted to study painting my father initially said no, I think because of the military government disappearing many students from the art school just before that.” With her grandmother’s help, Carolina persuaded her father on art school starting at 14, eventually completing programmes at the National University Institute of Art in Buenos Aires and then London’s Central Saint Martins on a scholarship.

It was in London she met Paul McCartney because Stella was downstairs in design at the same time, and later her husband Matthew. They followed his finance job (art and commerce do mix) to Singapore and finally Hong Kong. All the while Carolina pursued her art, working as a teacher and setting up a mural business. Relocating to Hong Kong in 2009, the couple hoped to find a home with room for a studio so that Carolina could combine her art with raising a family. “We looked around in Central in the beginning but I couldn’t imagine myself in Mid-Levels or anything like that. No sidewalks, cars, the traffic,” she recalls with a roll of the eyes. “You’d wind up just staying there with the little one. When I came to Discovery Bay it was easier to picture it. It was like a country club.” Resort life helps for work too; art is a solitary pursuit. “DB is lovely, Carolina says. “Sometimes when I get to painting, teaching or group work and the day has gone all wrong and I think, ‘My life makes no sense!’ it’s easy to text a friend. ‘I so need a drink!’” she admits with a knowing laugh. Finding inspiration Carolina’s studio is crammed with

easels, canvases, inky cloths, drying brushes, and of course completed work. Chief among them are the centrepiece of a series on the SAR’s domestic helpers and a quasi portrait of DB’s widely discussed – and mysterious – ‘garbage lady’. Having watched her push her trolley from Nim Shue Wan to the plaza and back every day for years, Carolina has painted a vibrant homage that expresses the concern, intrigue and admiration felt by so many residents. “She smiles and you get this impression she’s okay,” Carolina says. Carolina’s focus has varied over time, ranging from dried fish and tropical fruit, to cityscapes and people. Her work is defined by vivid colours and fluid lines, landing somewhere on the spectrum between the robust still life of Cézanne, the observational realism of Hopper’s Nighthawks and the hyper-stylised fluidity of Barnes. Carolina’s art also pops up around town occasionally. She’s worked with Artists Abroad (AA) for the past year, the collective dedicated to community outreach and cultivating new artists, education and artist interaction. This December, she showed her work at AA’s 22nd annual exhibition, Kaleidoscope, at the Rotunda, Exchange Square. Speaking of the show, she is quick to mention fellow DB- 

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based AA member Eleanor McColl and Pui O’s Martin Lever, who was the guest artist at the recent Rotunda show. As satisfying as AA is – it has donated murals to the Duchess of Kent Children's Hospital, the SPCA and the Chi Heng Foundation – Carolina has started toying with the idea of going bigger for herself. “I don’t want to be unfair, but I want to focus on my own exhibition next,” she says. “Let's see what happens.” Artists often talk about influences, but Carolina prefers to talk inspirations, which right now are the everyday comings-and-goings around her in DB. While admitting

to a lack of blinding ambition (which she supposes is a bad thing for an artist), Carolina is thankful for her healthy sense of expediency. “Life has given me many good opportunities along the way and I took them, and I’m inspired by what I see and experience,” she says of DB in particular. DB’s much-admired garbage lady and the subculture of domestic helpers are two such inspirations. Domestic helpers creep up in most plaza conversations, and their Sunday rituals “fascinate” Carolina.

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The enigmatic garbage lady’s determination is what she hoped to capture on canvas. Carolina’s next subject is likely to be a boy looking out of a bus window, after that it’s anyone’s guess. One thing is sure, it will be as honest as Carolina herself. “I’ve always done what needed to be done, and worked when I had to. But I’ve never compromised my art. This is my stuff,” she finishes, looking the most serious she has all afternoon. “You can never compromise your own truth.”

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IN FOCUS

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From coaching clinics to concerts to celebrity chefs, this year’s Hong Kong Sevens truly does have something for everyone. Henry Benjamin reports

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ong Kongers can expect a full week of entertainment in the lead-up to the Hong Kong Sevens, as the event continues to grow and evolve. Of course there is also the rugby, with the sport of sevens becoming ever more popular on the back of its successful debut at last year’s Rio Olympics. Hong Kong is credited for playing a big role in sevens becoming an Olympic sport and for good reason, with by far the biggest tournament on the HSBC World Rugby

Sevens Series showing no signs of slowing down.

HK Sevens Central set to light up Chater Garden for the entire week.

Again Hong Kong will roll out both men’s and women’s teams during the weekend of April 7 to 9, while local favourites Fiji will be sure to put on a show.

Kicking off on April 3, there will be coaching sessions for the kids run by a host of famous ex-players. On top of this, the teams competing in the sevens will visit Chater Garden during the week, giving fans the chance to meet and interact with their heroes. There is plenty on offer for the big kids too, with HK Sevens Central transforming into an entertainment hub as the sun goes down. There will be a range of bands and dance performances, as well as a melting pot of food and beverage options.

Get amongst it The Hong Kong Sevens has long been known for its ability to attract people from far and wide, many more interested in the party than the actual rugby. This year more than ever, the event caters to all, with

There’s as much action in the stands as there is on the pitch

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Dressing-up is part of the fun


Come the weekend, Sevens in the City kicks off in Chater Garden for those without a ticket to the stadium, with a big screen showing the live action from whistle to whistle. If that isn’t enough, music fans are in for a treat at the kick-off concert on April 6, with renowned UK bands Madness and From the Jam the headline acts. DB kids in on the act As they have done for years, kids from the Discovery Bay Pirates will get the chance to run out on the hallowed turf of Hong Kong Stadium at various stages of the weekend. There will be a number of DB and Lantau kids playing in the youth teams, as well as in the national agegrade showcase games. One long-time DB resident who knows all about the thrill of playing at the stadium on Hong Kong Sevens weekend is 18-year-old Mark Coebergh. Now playing for Bloomberg HK Scottish in the senior Hong Kong Premiership, Mark played for the Pirates for six years and says he learnt plenty from the opportunity to play at the international event.

“It’s pretty cool to run out on the same pitch as all the best professionals,” Mark says. “It was good, a little bit of a taste of the skill needed to play in that huge stadium. It was extremely tiring; it’s a lot bigger than playing on a normal pitch in Hong Kong.” Born and raised in Hong Kong, Mark moved to DB at the age of 10

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and while he is currently boarding at his university in Kowloon Tong, his family are all still in DB. He studied at YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College in Tung Chung and, as part of Hong Kong’s under-20 elite rugby programme, he has high hopes for his future in rugby. “I’d love to play in the Hong Kong Sevens and if in the future I could qualify for the Olympics that would be pretty amazing,” he says. “I want to play rugby for as long as I can, until I’m an old man.”

Young Hong Kong Sevens veteran 18-year-old DBer Mark Coebergh

A member of the Hong Kong team that won the Asia Rugby U-19 Championship in December, Mark is also engaged with Hong Kong’s senior men’s team and feels he is edging closer to cracking a senior debut in the 15-a-side format. “I’m working hard to get there and I’m hoping it’s not too far off,” he says. 

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The big stage At the end of the day, there is still nothing like being at Hong Kong Stadium on Sunday evening when the rugby reaches the business end and the big boys start to get serious. Rio Olympics gold medallist Fiji loves nothing more than a trip to Hong Kong, with the Pacific Islanders taking out four of the last five tournaments at the spiritual home of sevens. However, so far this year they haven’t been quite at their brilliant best, with South Africa the team to watch. England has been the surprise packet over the opening six rounds of the series, riding high on the silver-medal success of Great Britain in Rio. At the other end of the scale, Australia has been a bit off pace due to a number of injuries to key players, while Scotland and Japan will be looking for improved showings in Hong Kong. Hong Kong will again be looking to earn a spot on the World Series in the qualifying tournament after falling short at the final hurdle last year, going down to Japan in the decider. They’ll come up against a number of tricky opponents, with Spain, Germany and Sri Lanka all sure to provide headaches for the local side.

Hong Kong winger Aggie Poon Pak-yan

Players to watch There is no doubting Fiji are the masters of the condensed format, with players like captain Osea Kolinisau and the dynamic Jerry Tuwai capable of jaw-dropping things on a rugby field. South Africa’s Roscko Speckman and Cecil Afrika are worth the price of admission alone, as are former sprinters Perry Baker and Carlin Isles in the US team. On top of that, you can bet Australian young gun Henry Hutchison, England try-machine Dan Norton, Kiwi Dylan Collier and Kenyan Collins Injera will have the crowd on their feet at some point over the weekend. Hong Kong’s men are constantly on the improve and have a number of line-breakers in their squad, with veteran Salom Yiu Kam-shing still at the top of his game and Ryan Meacheam and captain Max Woodward also sure to excite. In the Hong Kong women’s team, speedster Chong Ka-yan and winger Aggie Poon Pak-yan are constant scoring threats, who are always looking to keep the opposition on its toes.

The women’s competition will again feature a number of quality teams, with the likes of Japan and South Africa heading our way. The Hong Kong ladies team lost in the semi-finals at home last year, but will be hoping to go one better and feature in the final in the main stadium on April 7.

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LITTLE GREEN SHOOTS In a world where children are often confined to small flats, familiarity with nature can fall by the way side. Fortunately local schools are making it their mission to give students a hands-on outdoor upbringing. Sam Agars reports

Students from DBIS’s Early Years campus explore the outdoors as part of the Forest School programme

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lift; they are having to roll. It’s not flat terrain, so they have to consider where they place their feet.” While the Forest School programme is aimed at reception-aged kids (fourand five-year-olds), the three- and four-year-olds in the DBIS nursery follow a similar programme called Eco Explorers. They all get a chance to explore the purpose-built garden, which is run by Denzel the Dragon and can only be entered by those who have found the dragon’s breath.

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or city kids the opportunities to play in creeks, climb trees and generally just get dirty often aren’t there. Some parts of Lantau, even DB to an extent, are the exception, but still many children are more inclined to sit glued to their iPads than get out amongst nature. It is for this reason that schools play a crucial role in getting the youngsters of today in touch with the environment, especially when they first start their learning from the ages of three to five. Discovery Bay International School (DBIS), Discovery College (DC) and Lantau International School (LIS) are three such schools that make a point of getting kids comfortable with nature, with all three running dedicated outdoor programmes. Into the forest DBIS is leading the way in Discovery Bay when it comes to getting really young children outdoors, with the school adopting the Forest School

programme at its Early Years campus last September. Heavily used in the UK, the programme offers children the opportunity to develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment. To provide this, DBIS has created its very own garden based around typhoonsalvaged wood and a range of other recycled natural materials. “We want the children’s learning to be evident, rather than the teaching resources,” says Eleanor Loran, the head of Early Years at DBIS. “So rather than having a plastic car which only allows you to play cars, we’ve got sticks, we’ve got logs, we’ve got pebbles, so that children can make all sorts of things. “Our curriculum is based on communication and language, the children are part of a group situation. They speak to one another, they learn how to cooperate, how to be more flexible and adaptable and there is also the physical development side,” Eleanor adds. “They are having to

“It’s all about this story about the dragon who guards the forest and he leaves dragon’s breath,” explains Helen McLean, reception year group leader at DBIS. “To kick it off with a story is great because they really buy into it. They all hang up their little totem sticks and you have to have that to be welcome in the forest. The wool wrapped around the totem stick, that’s dragon’s breath.” Children learn to tie knots, make tents, create mud masks and build bridges as their skills progress, while developing confidence in the outdoors along the way. Helen is soon to receive accreditation as a level-three Forest School leader and will eventually expand the programme to include the use of fire and other tools. “I want the children to learn to risk themselves sensibly and be able to manage tools themselves,” she says. “You never learn those rules until you try. It is building independence because in a world where there are a lot of helpers, everyone gets help to do everything.” Down the track DBIS hopes to take students to the beach, into actual parks and woodlands and eventually up to the DB rock pools near the pagoda. “It is really about exploring, getting involved and getting mucky and messy, which is proven with young children in particular to support their learning,” Eleanor says. 

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FAMILY MATTERS Lambert, one of the school’s missions is to get children outside as much as possible, with music and art lessons often held outside. Explaining that the Cheung Sha campus is literally surrounded by trees, he says: “The space and the location is beautiful and it just brings another dimension to the whole learning experience. It might not always be linked to the environment, just to get them out as much as we can. “The big debate in the school is how much screen time is too much,” James adds. “We have got the laptops and everything which are very valuable resources, but there is always discussion within the staff about how much is too much.” At the LIS Cheung Sha campus, kids in reception often take class outdoors

A natural connection Over at DC, there is an equal emphasis on outdoor activities for kids at reception level. Four- and five-year-olds are exposed to outdoor learning experiences based around sustainability, such as gardening and composting. “Getting students involved in such learning activities not only nurtures core skills such as collaboration and communication, but can also foster a sense of responsibility to our community and our natural environment,” says Peter Muir, DC’s community engagement coordinator.

fully embraces. Given its location, the title comes as no surprise, with campuses dotted down the southern coast of Lantau. While the Tong Fuk and Pui O campuses cater to older children, the Cheung Sha campus is tailored especially for reception level, so those aged four and five. According to vice principal James

Reception kids are taken on hikes and to the beach to foster their appreciation of nature, teaching them about the many different dynamics that make up their surrounds. “With the little ones, it is more about learning about nature and about the seasons and that sort of thing,” James says. “We have lots of weird and wonderful animals around the school and we show the kids and teach the kids how to respect animals. Of course, the kids on South Lantau are very knowledgeable already.”

“It can also take steps to address what some have labelled the nature-deficit disorder, where a lack of connection with our natural environment can lead to its unsustainable use,” Paul adds. Hong Kong’s greenest Being considered the greenest school in Hong Kong is something that LIS

Reception-age students at DC enjoy time spent in the garden

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Environmental damage control was the number one priority for Kevin when it came to designing his 2,300-square-foot DB home. The project took over one-anda-half years to complete as he spent time carefully selecting each design component and insisted on working mainly with ECO-certified suppliers. More than that, Kevin focused on introducing recycled furnishings many of which were created on site. He also prioritised the use of ecologically sound man-made materials that expertly replicate the look and feel of unsustainable natural resources. “Most people still live in the Stone Age, striving to attain natural solid materials to make themselves feel like kings and queens within their own ‘palaces,’” Kevin says. “They want chunks of solid wood, lumps of marble or chrome plate, everything to give a certain showoff sheen to their homes. With this project, I hope to show that luxury living is not about degrading natural resources but rather it’s about preserving the beauty of our environment.” Through his interior design experiment, which he calls the Environmentally Conscious hOme (ECO 1) project, Kevin has been

The family’s working farm is backed by a chic lounge area

Through his designer eco pad in DB’s Caperidge Village, Kevin Chu experiments with a new way of living that takes the luxe out of luxury and makes green living look good. Samantha Wong reports able to prove that putting the environment first can result in a highstyle, hugely comfortable home. The ultra-minimal 1,150-squarefoot interior looks both inviting and state-of-the-art, and champions art for nature’s sake rather than simply its own. In a home that’s dedicated to ringing in an era of better, greener living, it’s no surprise that Kevin also has the permaculture aspect covered. His 1,150-square-foot rooftop is divided into two parts,

with a swanky lounge area backed by a non-commercial organic farm that helps feed the family – the Chus are vegetarians five days a week. “We hope ECO 1 will lead to a small movement and that people will adopt some of our ideas into making a greener environment,” Kevin concludes. “We all live on this planet on borrowed time and it is our duty to keep our globe sustainable and rotating for generations to come.” 

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Reap what you sow. Urban farming encourages intelligent food consumption, eliminates concerns about food safety and reduces your carbon footprint. The growth plot, which provides a family of three with 60-70% of its vegetable supply, is supplemented by a space-saving vertical farming area just for herbs. The lighting across the rooftop is solar powered, and the walls are finished in bare concrete to save on building costs.

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Avoid natural materials. Well-chosen artificial materials are nearly indistinguishable from natural ones, and they can be successfully used to minimise our impact on the world around us. Used extensively within the open-plan living area, they create an upscale look at no cost to the environment. The kitchen’s quartz counter tops look just like natural stone, while being longer lasting and far more eco friendly. A man-made mix of mineral and resin, quartz is one of the hardest materials in the world, making it a perfect choice for busy kitchens.

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Reuse and repurpose. Recycling materials that are otherwise headed to landfill creates a sustainable architectural cycle where wastage is put to good use. In the living room, the recycled particle-porcelain tiles, on the floor and walls, are made from a mixture of discarded construction materials and traditional dust-pressed tiles. The bookshelf is made with recycled expanded polypropylene (reworked Styrofoam packaging) and the artwork at the entrance is made from surplus MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard).

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Focus on sustainability. Materials that are sustainably managed and renewable are an environmentalist’s best friend. Cork is one of the most sustainable natural materials to work with as only the bark is harvested. The tree itself continues to flourish, and the new bark re-grows within a few months. The cork tiles in the main bedroom are complemented by an upcycled shelving unit, a second-hand Italian design re-sprayed in matte white paint.

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Work with nature. Unlike most book- and file-cluttered studies, this space is calm and pristine, dominated by a wall-mounted plantation system. The raindrop planters are filled with easy-to-grow pothos plants, which oxygenate the interior and help filter airborne toxins. Over time the space will be engulfed by plants rather than stationery and other office materials, illustrating the designer’s bid to eliminate paper dependence and reduce tree harvesting.

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Kate Farr’ s easy-toimplement eco tips and activities will help you get on board for Earth Day (April 22) and beyond

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e’ve all been there. You reach the supermarket checkout, only to discover that you’ve left your reusable bag at home. Do you (a) resign yourself to paying the 50-cent fine and packing up the plastic, or (b) fork out for yet another reusable bag that will inevitably be forgotten next time (along with the others that you’ve panic-bought in this situation).

Before you reach for your wallet, take a moment to check just how much space you really need to pack those groceries. Alongside son Jack, DB resident Gary Stokes recently launched the #trashthecheckout initiative, encouraging shoppers to send a clear message to our retailers by unwrapping and leaving unnecessary plastic packaging at the supermarket. The initiative forces

supermarket chains to confront the issue of unwanted packaging, and is a tangible way for kids to get involved in environmental direct action. And don’t forget to sign Plastic Free HK’s on-going petition to reduce plastic packaging in Hong Kong supermarkets (accessible via bit.ly/2la1Bpi). Plastic Free Seas (PFS), meanwhile, requires little introduction. Founded by DB resident Tracey Read in 2012, this charity works tirelessly to change the way we all view and use plastics, delivering action campaigns, workshops, school talks and events throughout the year. Reduce and reuse Reducing the amount of waste we create starts in the home, and nowhere more so than in the toy box, so a toy swap is a good way to curb waste and expense. The concept is simple – each 

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child picks out five items that they no longer play with and brings them along to swap. The toys are placed in the centre of the group and everyone takes it in turns to pick out a ‘brand-new’ item to take home. The result? Happy children, happy wallets and a far happier planet. If your kids are growing like weeds, you’ll be familiar with the mountain of barely-worn outfits, often in as-new condition. Aside from being a money pit, children’s wardrobes also contribute to the increasing issue of textile waste in landfill; a pressing concern here in Hong Kong where space is at a premium. Founded by a mum of two, local company Retykle is taking positive action on wardrobe waste, creating an online platform for parents to shop and sell their children’s gentlyused clothes. The result is a stylish boutique stocked with designer clothing at a fraction of the original price. Once your tykes have grown out of their togs, Retykle will collect, photograph and sell the items for you, closing the clothing loop in an eco-savvy way that’s great for time-pushed parents. Repurpose and recycle It’s surprisingly easy to repurpose everyday household items when you see things through the eyes of a child. Plastic bottles can be cut in half to create mini greenhouses; painted egg boxes become storage for small stationery items; and cardboard boxes plus imagination equal robots, houses and even space rockets.

A beach clean-up organised by PFS and DB Green

would otherwise end up in landfill. The group collects, sorts and melts down broken crayons, remoulding them into fun shapes that are then sold in aid of Hong Kong children’s charities. Young volunteers can get involved in this fun and worthwhile rainy-day activity. If you have already pruned your waste back to the bare minimum, it’s time to cast a creative eye over that bulging bin. Consider sorting your trash by type in individual bins, bags or storage boxes that kids can be encouraged to manage. All of DB’s villages have designated recycling facilities, and sorting the household waste into the correct bins is a weekly chore that can be made fun with the addition of a pocket-money incentive. It’s important to note, however, that some things need a little more effort to recycle. Unwanted electrical items, such as old computers, batteries and defunct appliances can be disposed of via the government’s E-Waste programme, which runs a regular scheduled collection and disposal service.

One DB mum who is repurposing for a purpose is Crystal Lee Passarello, whose Crayon Society initiative gives new life to items that

Restore A startling fact: Every piece of plastic ever made is still in existence, the result of which is brought into sharp focus when visiting DB’s beaches, so often blanketed in waste left behind by visitors or washed in from the sea. This final piece of the ecopuzzle gives kids the opportunity to get hands-on resolving the crisis on our own doorstep. Alongside PFS, local non-profit DB Green organises regular beach clean-ups that are suitable for the whole family. (You can join them on April 23 at Nim Shue Wan from 9am to 11am.) Bring your own reusable water bottle and you’ll be supplied with reusable cotton gloves and rubbish sacks. The difference is immediate and profound, and underscores the importance of environmental awareness to kids that participate. So, with a little awareness and creativity, the future is looking increasingly green for the next generation of DB families.

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TALE OF TWO CITIES

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Benefiting from its North-South divide, mighty Melbourne has something for everyone. It’s the perfect place to step off the beaten track and experience the good life down under. Andrew Buykx-Smith reports

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ituated on the banks of the Yarra River in south-eastern Australia, Melbourne has truly cemented itself as a world-class city, being named ‘most liveable’ in 2016 by the Economist Intelligence Unit for the sixth consecutive year. While the Central Business District (CBD) grid and landmarks such as Federation Square and Flinders Street Station are an Instagram lovers’ paradise, the inner suburbs and city fringe are what truly give Victoria’s capital its heart and soul. Speak to a Melbournian, and they will tell you about the uber-cool inner north, where the smell of fresh coffee lingers in the air, or the sophisticated south, home to

high-end shopping, the botanical gardens and picturesque Port Phillip Bay. Each side offers a distinctively different experience, so let’s take a look at both. Northern buzz Just 10 minutes by tram from the CBD, in Fitzroy, you find yourself in the middle of Brunswick Street, home to hip cafés, vibrant street art and some great vintage shopping. You can liken the area to downtown Berlin or Seattle. After spending the afternoon visiting the many boutiques and consuming multiple lattes, a visit to Bimbo’s (a local institution) should be at the top of your list. In the north, they like to keep things casual, so it’s AU$4

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(HK$24) pizzas washed down with a pint of boutique beer or mulled wine. A stone’s throw from Fitzroy is the gentrified suburb of Richmond. There are hidden pubs, laneway cafés and some great clearance outlets along Bridge Road, with Gorman, Country Road and Kathmandu all boasting flagship stores. Richmond is also renowned for its live music scene. The Corner is a first-rate venue, famous for hosting big-name bands, such as Pink Floyd, The White Stripes and Midnight Oil, as well as an ever-growing list of local Melbournian legends. Northern Melbourne also homes Australia’s biggest sporting complex – the Melbourne Cricket Ground, or


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‘The G’ as it is affectionately known. A Mecca for cricket and Australian Rules Football (AFL), it can house over 100,000 sports fans. Every September, tens of thousands of AFL fans descend on The G during grand final week, in the hopes that their team wins the ‘holy grail’. Rod Laver Arena, in Melbourne Park, is the main venue for the annual Australian Open. Taking place in the last two weeks of January, the Glam Slam event brings the city to life, hosting stars and tennis fans from around the globe. The festival-like atmosphere, mixed with truly smashing tennis, gives the feel of Coachella meets Wimbledon, definitely worth working into your travel itinerary.

the outskirts of St Kilda, where the land meets the sea. Lined with designer boutiques and not a few Ferraris, South Yarra’s Chapel Street also houses some of Melbourne’s best bars and clubs. Whether it’s swanky cocktails in The Emerson, a pint of beer and posh pub grub at Temperance Hotel, or house-music until late at Pawn & Co, there’s plenty of fun to be had.

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One thing South Yarra does particularly well is brunch, though not the free-flow kind Hong Kong specialises in. Two Birds One Stone comes highly recommended – its seasonal menu of organic produce paired with a steamy hot macchiato fuels you up for the day ahead. Smashed ‘avo’ has become the local standard, so bring your appetite!

Cross Church Street Bridge and you find yourself on Melbourne’s southside, South Yarra to be precise. Home to Melbourne’s rich and famous, this chic suburb stretches 4 kilometres to

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Sunday stroll. The sprawling streets are dotted with shops of all kinds, plus interesting cafés and bars. Luna Park is the most iconic landmark, with its magnificent entranceway and scenic rollercoaster providing a panorama of Port Phillip Bay and beyond.

Multiple bands, DJs, comedians and dancers invade the foreshore to entertain tens of thousands of visitors. Coupled with the new trend of food trucks, offering everything from candy floss to jambalaya, St Kilda Fest is one of Melbourne’s great events.

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If shopping, eating and rockin’ the suburbs isn’t your cup of tea (or

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Spanish Tortilla Serves 6

2 lb baking potatoes, sliced fine 2 onions, sliced into rings 6 eggs 1 roasted red pepper, sliced 3 oz ham, chopped

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Gently fry the potato slices, stirring occasionally until just tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove to a large bowl and season. Gently fry the onion rings, until soft and golden brown, about eight minutes. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl. Add the onions, pepper, ham and potatoes, mixing well. Gently cook until the sides have started to set and the bottom has turned golden brown, about eight minutes. Slide the tortilla on to a large plate, then return to the skillet top-side down. Continue cooking until set in the centre, about four minutes. Slide the tortilla on to a plate, cut into six wedges and serve at room temperature, sprinkled with parsley.

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Huevos Rancheros Serves 6

15-oz can whole tomatoes 4 oz coriander leaves, chopped 1 medium onion, diced 1 clove garlic, smashed 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced 5 oz chorizo, diced 4 corn tortillas 16-oz can refried beans 4 large eggs 1 avocado, diced 3 oz strong cheese, crumbled 4 tbsp sour cream

PurĂŠe the tomatoes, half the coriander, onion, garlic and jalapeno. Gently simmer until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Cover and keep warm. Brown the chorizo, about five minutes, and add to the sauce. Fry the tortillas until golden but not crisp, about 30 seconds on each side. Heat the refried beans, spread on the tortillas. Fry the eggs until the bottoms are set and the edges golden, about three minutes. Arrange the eggs over the sauce. To serve, place one egg on each tortilla and spoon the warm sauce over. Sprinkle with the avocado, cheese and additional coriander. Top with a ď‚„ dollop of sour cream.

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6 small bowls 6 tsp vinegar 6 tsp food colouring 6 hard-boiled eggs 1 white crayon 12 rubber bands 1 egg carton

Fill small bowls halfway with hot water, adding one teaspoon of vinegar and one teaspoon of food colouring, one for each colour you want to use. To dye an egg a solid colour, place in a bowl for five minutes. You can also write a message or draw a pattern on an egg in white crayon, before dipping it. When it comes out of the dye, the wax will remain white, highlighting the pattern against the coloured background. For a striped design, place rubber bands around an egg before dipping it. Remove the bands, and you’ll see stripes where the bands were. Once done, place the eggs in an empty egg carton to dry. Then you can hide them for a hunt, place them in a decorative basket, or if you’re really hungry, eat them!

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The GFI HKFC 10s is now in its 32nd year, attracting the game’s top players and 10-a-side teams. Catch the Classic Wallabies as they make their tournament debut, along with 14 returning teams. You can purchase tickets, starting at HK$100, at the entrance or by visiting www.ticketflap.com.

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Over the long Easter weekend, Hong Kong Disneyland’s Springtime Egg-stravaganza sees ‘character eggs’ roaming the park, or you can head to the Easter Carnival at The Peak Lookout for face painting, egg crafts and balloon twisting. For more Easter activities, visit www.hong-kong-traveller.com.

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Y Studio, Chai Wan As relevant now as it was in the 1600s, Shakespeare’s King Lear explores the fallibility of our leaders and the importance of familial responsibility. This powerful adaptation is performed by Faust International Youth Theatre’s Stage Group. To purchase tickets, starting at HK$220, visit www.urbtix.hk.

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Win prizes from Uncle Russ Coffee and The Pier Bar! Congratulations to last month’s winner: Bill Byrne (@somejoseph).

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This is your chance to win a complimentary coffee from Uncle Russ, or a beer from The Pier Bar every day for a week. We will contact the winner via Instagram. Good luck!

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WHAT IS EFFECTIVE ESTATE PLANNING? The answer to this question is to speed up the overall distribution of your estate; and to mitigate unwarranted taxes whilst providing the right people with the right money at the right time!

How does one do this? Writing your Will - This will allow everyone you leave behind to understand what happens to everything you own. If you die with a Will in Hong Kong, the Grant of Probate (a legal document releasing your assets) can take months. Without one, it can take years! Setting up a Family Trust — Your Will instructs who gets what BUT it does not speed up time nor does it distinguish how assets are to be given. Trusts can be more specific to certain property (assets you own.) Trusts can be used for Tax Mitigation, Asset Protection and/or Succession Planning and are not just suitable for the rich and wealthy. Nominate Beneficiaries — If you have any life insurance plans, savings plans linked to life insurance or are member of a company pension or death in service benefit then you can have beneficiaries nominated to speed the process of distribution. When your death certificate is received, your Executor or loved ones can submit this to claim the proceeds. Very often, this method of nomination does not require probate (therefore your beneficiaries receive funds within weeks rather than months or years.) Write assets down — People die without letting other people know what they own! This can leave millions in the various financial institutions such as the bank, insurance company, stock broker etc. If no one claims the money, the institution keeps it after a certain period, depending upon the jurisdiction. You should also let people know that you have a valid Will and where it is kept, or no one would know to look for it. Advisably, you should allow your Executor/s a copy of the document and your Guardians, if applicable. Updating and Reviewing — As you acquire assets globally, you should review your estate planning instructions. If your Will only covers certain jurisdictions and you have secured assets in others, you have to update your Will. The same applies to changes in personal circumstances, for example, a Marriage revokes all other Wills but a Divorce does not! Rules and Regulations are changing fast so it is important to keep abreast of what you own and the effect of them on your estate whilst you are alive AND when you pass away … the rules are different!

We at Carey, Suen Will Services have the knowledge and expertise to assist you in establishing your own Will and ensuring efficient Estate Planning.


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FINANCE & INSURANCE

DELIVERY PERSON/ MESSENGER

AUSTRALIAN TAX RETURNS

WORSHIP SERVICE Discovery College Sundays @ 10am

CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP PRACTICAL BIBLE TEACHING KIDS CHURCH & TEENS

Michael, a HK resident, is available to deliver documents & small parcels around HK. Available full- or part-time. Call 9145 6731 to leave a message

HELPER SEEKING EMPLOYER

Due to relocation, my helper of 6 years is now looking for a new employer. Call Marilyn on 6103 7867, or email binh.johansson@gmail.com

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

HEALTH & WELLBEING

EMPLOYER LOOKING FOR A HELPER OR HELPER LOOKING FOR EMPLOYER? Place your free classifieds ad here. Email info@baymedia.com.hk

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

HYPNOSIS &/ OR SHORT-TERM THERAPY

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


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AKASH MOVING & HANDYMAN SERVICES

• Packing, moving & storage service • Interior painting & patch-up work • Appliance installation • Hanging pictures & mirrors • Blinds, curtains & shelves installation • Lights & ceiling fan installation • LCD TV mounting & switch replacement Contact 2421 8088, info@akash.hk, www.akash.hk

HOME SERVICES

TUITION & COURSES

FLAT PAINTING & HANDYMAN WORKS

LEARN SPANISH

Painting & handyman works, interior & exterior. PU waterproof injection for external walls. Astro-turfing. Tiling & electrics Contact Roger on 9156 0360, drscompanyhk@gmail.com

TUITION & COURSES

• Local & international moves • Long/ short-term storage • Handyman services • World-class service – competitive rates Operating on DB & Lantau. Contact 2814 1658, sales@ftc.hk, www.ftc.hk

Contact Erik at 9666 9511, rerikm@hotmail.com

ENGLISH TUITION All levels – kids & adults. Cambridge University CELTA qualification. Over 10 years of teaching experience in Hong Kong. Learn in the comfort of your own home.

FTC RELOCATIONS

• Native speaker • DELE examiner & experienced teacher • IB, IGCSE, A Level & HKDSE Business Spanish • Courses for adults • Flexible schedule & locations • Special offers for DB & Tung Chung students

Contact David at 5165 4372, david88wilson@gmail.com

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

DEADLINE FOR MAY ISSUE CLASSIFIEDS

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AROUND DB AND LIFE ON LANTAU

YOUNG WRITER’S COMPETITION 2017

NOW OFFIC IALL OPEN Y

The challenge:

Write a 600- to 700-word account from the point of view of a famous historical figure.

The reward:

The winning article is published in the June issue of both Around DB and Life on Lantau. There will be prizes for the three winners, and three runners-up, provided by Bookazine.

Open to all secondary school students living and/ or studying in Lantau. The deadline is April 10.

Last year’s finalists: Maria Andreeva, 14, Katrina Lowe, 13, and Ryan Harling, 16

Check the YWC guidelines on the Around DB and Life on Lantau Facebook pages or www.arounddb.com Submit your article by April 10 to info@baymedia.com.hk


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

Our Customers of the Month Phoebe, Poppy, Ralph and Darcy Mypetshop in the North Plaza. Shop G09-92 Siena Ave. DB North Plaza Tel: 2987 8873 Open Daily 10am – 7:30pm

SINCE 1997

Alcoholics Anonymous

OUR SERVICES

If you want to drink, that’s your business. If you want to stop, we can help.

Alcoholics No dues or fees. Anonymous

24hr hotline:9073 6922 www.aa-hk.org

DOG & CAT GROOMING ( BY APPOINTMENT ) PET FOOD & ACCESSORIES SUPPLIES CAT SITTING SERVICE FREE DAILY DELIVERY Ground floor 11B, Discovery Bay Plaza, Discovery Bay (next to Island Vet) Tel: 2987 0428 / Fax : 2914 1313 / E-mail : petsgallerydb@yahoo.com.hk Open from 9:00 am till 7:30 pm (Mon - Sun)

Magazine Online Read the latest community news online. This month’s hottest happenings and events in Discovery Bay. Fantastic giveaways, offers and much more!

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Phoenix Wills

Have you appointed guardians for your children? Who should inherit your assets if you and your immediate family are all fatalities in an accident? What happens if the breadwinner in your family is critically ill or in a coma and unable to provide?

Allow Phoenix Wills to assist you with your estate planning to ensure that your loved ones are looked after in the event of your untimely death or incapacity. W: www.phoenix-wills.com E: info@phoenix-wills.com T: 3100 0101 | M: 6108 8471


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SPANISH MA in Applied Linguistics – University lecturer

20 years of experience teaching: • Spanish for children as a first and second language • Adults (Beginners to Advanced levels, Spanish for business, conversation) • Preparation for GCSE & IB exams • Spanish for specific purposes • Undergraduates (minor and major degrees)

Lessons in Discovery Bay on: TUE, THU & SAT Contact: Tel: 9104 3770 carinapicomartinez@gmail.com

Elly House of Beauty Offering trial prices for new clients, we offer Intense Pulse Light Treatments and Face Photo Rejuvenation.

Interview Language DIY Messy Play Drawing

Cooking Playgroup Oral Tutorial Japanese

PN/N/Kindergarden (+852) 2668 8922 fun.paradise@yahoo.com.hk www.funparadise.wixsite.com/mysite

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•Counselling for individuals, couples, families & adolescents • Sliding fee scale; affordable options for all clients • English, Putonghua, Cantonese, Russian, Hindi, Marathi and Marwadi speaking counsellors

www.resourcecounselling.org Serving the community over 40 years A Member Agency of the Community Chest

Shop 10, Level One, The Visionary 1 Ying Hong Street Tung Chung

Fun Paradise Learning Centre


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DELUXE DB SERVICED APARMENTS

2-BED IN CHERISH COURT, DB

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, annie@appletravel.com

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

LUXURY APARTMENTS IN SIENA 2, DB Spacious 600’ apartments for short- or long-term rental. Quiet with sea views over park, near Club Siena & DB Tunnel. Fully furnished with washer/ drier, bed linen, kitchenware, 55” TVs, wi-fi, blu-ray home theatre. Contact the owner on 9317 0624, nialady2011@gmail.com

NICELY DECORATED DB APARTMENTS

Nicely decorated, 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom flats available for short-term let. Fully furnished with wi-fi & NOW TV. Weekly cleaning service. Photos available. Contact Serena on 9236 1806, cow9146@yahoo.com.hk

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, charles@headlandhomes.hk. Contact Katie on 9150 7319, katie@headlandhomes.hk

OVERSEAS PROPERTY

VILLA IN SANUR, BALI FOR RENT Newly built 4 bedroom/ bathroom villa for rent in Sanur, Bali. Large pool & western kitchen. Walking distance to beach & restaurants. Prices from HK$1,800 per night with a minimum of 2 nights. Contact serenacourtauld@gmail.com

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

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LANTAU NUMBERS

TUNG CHUNG

SOUTH LANTAU

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES

FTC Apparel

FOOD, RESTAURANTS & BARS

2428 2566 FOOD, RESTAURANTS & BARS

Airport Izakaya Andante Bistro Delifrance Café Aficionado Chef’s Choice China Coast Bar & Grill Curry Lounge Dosirak House Essence Federal Palace Restaurant Kimos Mansarover Indian Cuisine Melody Thai McDonald’s Delivery Olea Pizza Express Pizza Hut Delivery Regala Café & Dessert Bar Resto Rouge Skycity Bistro Spaghetti House Zentro Garden

2286 6668 3602 8828 2109 4187 2286 6238 6504 4208 2286 6898 2960 1977 3520 0848 3602 8808 2626 0181 2886 3646 2109 1927 2988 8129 2338 2338 3602 8818 2297 3588 2330 0000 2286 6618 2886 3156 2286 6868 3969 2500 2109 1297 2802 8000 HEALTH & WELLBEING

Bayside Dental Bon’s Mobile Pet Grooming Essential Health Family Clinic Human Health Medical Centre North Lantau Physiotherapy Tung Chung Animal Clinic Tung Chung Vet Centre Tung Chung Maternal & Child Health Centre Quality Health Dental Quality Health Medical Raffles Medical

2185 6550 9099 9959 2109 9396 2109 2288 2194 0020 2988 1534 2328 7282 3575 8370 2403 6613 2403 6623 2261 2626

Bahce - Turkish Restaurant Café Bar Caffe Paradiso (Tom’s Café) China Bear Como Lake Deer Horn Restaurant & Bar Kebab Korner La Pizzeria Lantana Italian Bistro Long Island Mavericks Restaurant The Beach House The China Beach Club The Gallery The Kitchen The Water Buffalo HEALTH & WELLBEING

Jill Marshall Pilates South Lantau Paddle Club Thai Palin Massage Tony’s Salon Treasure Island

Findley Leung Group Koon Wah Hardware Lee Wo Construction Engineering Man Shun Construction & Engineering New Look Design

HOTELS

3969 1888 3602 8888 2286 8888

LEARNING CENTRES

Clement Art School Discovery Mind International Play Centre Greenfield International Kindergarten Kidznjoy Sakura Kids Salala Kids House Soundwaves English Education Centre Sun Island Education Foundation Sunshine House International Preschool The Story Studio Tung Chung Catholic School (Yat Tung) YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College

9021 1502 2987 8070 2162 5538 6273 7347 6674 6194 2611 9193 2164 7210 2420 1068 2109 3873 6341 3989 2121 0884 2988 8123

SOCIAL, SPORTS & EQUIPMENT

Asia Pacific Soccer Schools Caribbean Coast Club House Coastal Skyline Club House Dance for Joy Edge ’n Pointe Dance Centre Epic MMA Jumping Castles Perun Fitness Seaview Crescent Club House Smash Cricket Tung Chung Crescent Club House

2385 9677 2109 9277 2179 6678 9264 8597 6688 2167 2786 9699 9662 1747 6443 6597 3473 8700 5400 4109 2403 6770

UTILITY, SERVICES & EMERGENCY HOTLINES

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

2984 8334 2984 8487 2984 1802 2984 9833 9783 5840 HOTELS

Mui Wo Inn Silvermine Beach Resort Tai O Heritage Hotel

2984 7225 6810 0111 2985 8383 LEARNING CENTRES

2421 8088 2109 2330 2988 1488

Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel Novotel Citygate Hong Kong Regal Airport Hotel

9708 0187 9688 9112 3114 0030 2984 0990 2546 3543 HOME & REPAIRS

HOME & REPAIRS

Akash Removals Mega Power Engineering/Locksmiths Shun Yu Engineering

2984 0222 2984 0498 2984 9720 2984 0009 3484 3095 6429 3507 2984 8933 5465 5511 2320 2001 5662 8552 2504 4788 2983 8931 2980 2582 5991 6292 2109 3331

2988 8282 2988 1898 3661 1999

Kind Hing Trinity International Kindergarten & Nursery Lantau International Kindergarten Lantau International School Lao Shi Lantau Mandarin lessons Little Lantau Montessori Kindergarten Mui Wo Owls School & Kindergarten The Story Studio

2109 9886 2984 0302 2980 3676 5197 4647 3689 6709 2984 0006 6341 3989

PROPERTY AGENCIES

Findley Leung Real Estate Home Solutions Real Estate Proper Trip Real Estate

2984 8334 3483 5003 2984 1666 RETAIL

Friendly Bike Shop Island Wines Lantau Base Camp Quay House Red Hall Chinese Antiques The Red Lantern ZenvarA

2984 2278 9521 8481 5463 6060 2882 8710 2988 1368 2984 0099 9586 3459 SERVICES & OTHERS

Jumping Castles SPCA Miriam Safadi Photography Parteezi Phoenix Wills Suzanne Goodwin Photography

9662 1747 2984 0060 5145 0227 6112 9842 6108 8471 9025 3949 TRANSPORTATION

Lee Hing Loong Hon Kee Transportation Company Lantau Tours New Lantau Bus Company

2984 2268 2984 8494 2984 8255 2984 9848


DB NUMBERS

Add your business for FREE @ www.arounddb.com 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 Health Cares IMI (Natural Medicine Clinic), North Plaza Island Health Island Veterinary Services The Development Practice The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council, North Plaza

2987 0855 2259 3422 2987 9909 2987 8136 2987 7061 2987 5633 2666 6183 2834 7276 2537 1087 2987 7575 2987 9003 2914 2223 2259 3422

Future Stars Dance Academy

The Best Travel Agency in DB 2987 2626 cas@appletravel.com

Island Dance

GOODWINS OF LONDON

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

Quality dry cleaning at affordable prices. Pick-up and delivery from DB every Wednesday and Friday. 2812 2400 drycleaning@goodwinsoflondon.com

Harvey Law Group

The Beat

3102 2977 2320 1238 3480 1348 2987 8460

An International Law Firm in DB North Plaza providing a wide range of commercial and personal legal services. 2416 8618 dboffice@harveylawcorporation.com www.harveylawcorporation.com

Latin & Ballroom dance classes for adults and children. Wedding dance, Salsa, Beat Cardio, Mommies & Babies, Yoga and many more. 5194 9630 info@thebeat.com.hk www.thebeat.com.hk

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

Apple Travel

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

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES Action X, North Plaza GigaSports Little Whale, North Plaza Nomadic

OTHER SERVICES

LEARNING CENTRES

2987 4401 2792 0530 2987 7486 2448 1180 2987 4089 2947 9092

Tree of Joy

Tree of Joy provides children with a fun, engaging and supportive environment to play and learn. Programs include: Dropoff Nursery Class, Parent-Toddler Class, Afternoon Camp and a Cooking Class. Tel: 9787 2755, info@treeofjoydb.com, www.treeofjoydb.com

FINANCIAL SERVICES

DB Party Time Gillian florist, North Plaza Flight Centre, North Plaza Mypetshop, North Plaza Pets Gallery The Optical House Well Supreme Laundry Services

9502 2381 2529 8256 2829 2010 2987 8873 2987 0428 2987 1368 2987 5151

PROPERTY LISTINGS & BOATS

Parsons White Wealth Management

Partner Practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management An expert financial service of distinct quality, integrity and excellence located at DB North Plaza. 2433 6981, 5664 7614 www.sjpp.asia/pwwm

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

AQUABLU

Boat/ Yacht Sales & Brokerage - Berths/ Debentures - Marine Insurance - Marine Problems/ Resolution 6017 7802 Oceanblu@netvigator.com

LEARNING CENTRES

The Stephen Putnam Practice Private Client Wealth Management Tel: 2914 0388 www.sjpp.asia/tspp Bank of China HSBC Luen Fat Securities Co. Ltd

2160 6556 2233 3000 2987 1851

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

2987 1313 2987 4488 2987 5087 2987 7803 2987 1041 2987 0222 2987 0222 2987 7082 2987 0789 2886 8555 2987 0789 2987 9268 2987 4428

LEARNING CENTRES

7+1 Creative Club Bayview House of Children DB International School (Kindergarten) DB International School (Pri / Sec) Discovery College Discovery Mind International Play Centre Discovery Mind Kindergarten Discovery Mind Primary School, North Plaza Discovery Montessori School, North Plaza DMR School of Ballet Early Adventures Playgroup Eye Level Centre Funfit HK International Learning Academy, North Plaza Kumon, North Plaza L’Ecole Française de Discovery, North Plaza Links Parenting, North Plaza Little Explorers English For Kids Mandarin for Munchkins, North Plaza SKH Wei Lun Primary School Sunshine House Int’l Pre-School Sunshine House Kindergarten, North Plaza Treasure House

3709 8466 6114 2436 2914 2142 2987 7331 3969 1000 2987 8028 2987 8088 2914 2202 2987 1201 2987 4338 2987 9644 9366 0000 6302 6327 2416 3088 2459 8808 8191 0813 6114 2436 9327 0507 2480 3909 2987 8608 2987 8143 2987 8143 2987 4217

MULTIMEDIA

Creative Coding

Creative Coding offers high-quality coding and robotics classes for kids aged six to 14 at Discovery College and around Hong Kong. 9469 8225/ 2973 0106 nora@creativecoding.hk www.creativecoding.hk

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2987 1373 2914 2378 2987 8898 2987 1777

Lifestyle Homes & Boats 2914 0888 info@lifestylehomes.com.hk www.lifestylehomes.com.hk Centaline Property Agency EPS Property Consultants Headland Homes Kingsland DB Land Master Property Savills Hong Kong

2987 8484 2987 2023 2987 2088 2987 2987 2987 6238 2987 1919

FOOD & BEVERAGE, HOTELS

22º North Auberge Discovery Bay (Hotel), North Plaza Café Bord de Mer & Lounge Café Duvet Caffe Pascucci Coyote Mexican Cantina Chef’s Choice, North Plaza Ebeneezer’s Figos Seaside Café First Korean Restaurant Fresh Fruit Juice Paradise Hemingway’s by the Bay il Bel Paese Island Café Jaspa’s, North Plaza Kiraku Tei

2987 2298 2295 8288 2295 8299 2987 0966 2591 1426 2987 2848 2172 6111 2987 0036 2987 2915 2987 9123 2987 4768 2987 8855 2987 0202 2987 9311 2997 8688 2987 2886

Koh Tomyums

2987 0767


FOOD & BEVERAGE, HOTELS

Nura Rolls Over 60 varieties of rolls. Outside catering and home delivery available. G13A, North Plaza, (Next to Wellcome) Tel: 2652 6613 www.nurarolls.com La Création Bakery

2987 1829

McSorley’s Ale House

2987 8280

Mirch Masala, North Plaza

2987 1337

Moofish, North Plaza

2987 6318

Nevale Kitchen, North Plaza

2172 7099

Pacific Coffee

2987 1662

Paisano’s, North Plaza

2673 4445

Peony Chinese Restaurant

2500 1950

Salt & Pepper

2336 8001

Solera

2555 0772

Subway

2914 0005

Super Super

2914 1308

The Venue

2777 8411

Uncle Russ, DB Plaza

2682 0068

Uncle Russ, North Plaza

2682 8110

Zak’s

2987 6232

SOCIAL, SPORTS & EQUIPMENT Discovery Bay Cricket Club An internationally acclaimed club which provides a structure under which players, regardless of age or ability, can thrive. 2987 0132 www.dbcricketclub.com

DB NUMBERS

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SOCIAL, SPORTS & EQUIPMENT

WELLBEING

Discovery Bay Recreation Club Embody EpicLand GigaSports Movement Improvement

2987 7381 6624 8712 2441 0098 2320 1238 2987 5852

Ingredients of Wellness – Mindfulness Training Teaching young people skills to direct attention, to be calmer and concentrate better. angie@ingredientsofwellness.com 9048 5425 www.ingredientsofwellness.com

TOYS & KIDS’ PARTIES Bo Bo House Little Whale, North Plaza Toysland

2987 4230 3480 1348 2987 7859

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

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

2914 2727 2914 0186 2987 7351 2987 6348 5303 3489 2987 0208 2987 9368

UTILITIES, SERVICES & EMERGENCY HOTLINES

Nailed It Professional artificial nail services in DB 2987 2266

Yoga with Anna 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 Office Centre Discovery Bay Post Office Gas Leakage Emergency Hotline Lantau North Report Room North Lantau Hospital San Hing Gas Co Typhoon Signal Enquiries Water Fault Reports Water Supplies Department

3651 2345 2728 8333 2678 2678 2987 4242 2987 7502 2238 3601 2238 3388 2987 6046 2435 4511 3661 1694 3467 7000 2987 6738 2835 1473 2811 0788 2824 5000

YOGA with Anna

DB resident Anna Coventry is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher offering Hatha, Vinyasa & Yin Yoga Classes, Private Yoga, Meditation, Workshops and Retreats. hello@annacoventry.com 9130 8527 www.annacoventry.com

WELLBEING Afflatus Hair Workshop, North Plaza Maximum Care Nest Care, North Plaza Salon De Coiffure Sense of Touch

2987 0283 2987 2060 2499 8826 2987 4112 2987 9198

Junior Cricket

HKAcademy Dragons Football Club Cricket 3.5to to yearoldold Football forfor 2.514-15year girlsgirls andand boysboys 9011 1319 2987 4274 www.dragons.hk www.dbcricketclub.com

The HIT Room Bodypump, Grit Strength, Boxing, Core, TRX, High Intensity Training. Located at North Plaza 6621 7410 www.thehitroom.com.hk info@thehitroom.com.hk

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Kyama Swim School Training programs for Adults; Private lessons; Learn to Swim courses for our Helper community and development squads for DC students. Tel: 9487 5049 kyamaswimschool@gmail.com, www.kyamaswimschool.com

Vikings Football Club Professional Soccer Coaching From ages 18 months to 12 years Tel: 9533 2600 vikingshk@hotmail.com www.vikings.hk

SOCIAL, SPORTS & EQUIPMENT Action X, North Plaza Club Siena DBees Ice Hockey DB Pirates Rugby Football Club Discovery Bay Marina Club Discovery Bay Golf Club

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2911 4833 2987 7382 6473 4277 2517 8248 2987 9591 2987 7273

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OUT THERE

Who’s pranking who? DB’s favourite serial griper, Peter Sherwood , makes an unexpected case for the resort’s further development

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sneaked another look at development plans for DB, a sort of clandestine wikipeek, and discovered a strategy of extraordinary vision, clarity, creativity and common sense. A 13-kilometre cable car from Disneyland to Sunset Peak is proposed, with a shopping stop-off in Discovery Bay, as the spacious plaza makes way for a new ‘outlets’ mall.

planning permission for a major architectural first – a 33-floor hotel built on a massive podium high above DB Marina. The world’s leading designers are competing to construct this exciting new structure, which will guarantee Hong Kong’s image as a world leader in… something or other. Anyway, it should get plenty of free media play and keep the Hong Kong Tourism Board happy.

This futuristic concept will also cater to 120 busloads of tourists a day, direct from the new Hong KongZhuhai-Macau Bridge. Which in fact makes perfect sense – you don’t have to be a town planning guru to see that DB Plaza is a criminal waste of space. I can hear the local objectors now, bleating residents crying ‘foul’ in their unwillingness to sacrifice a little peace and tranquillity for the greater economic good. Such is progress.

There’ll be no more direct sunlight for the marina residents below, of course, so we can expect the usual whining letters to the press. I questioned the cutting-edge hotel proposal myself and was told that what the boat people lose in sunshine they will gain in overhead protection – tropical drenchings being a thing of the past. That seems fair.

Illustration courtesy of www.wikimedia.org

For the greater good

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That tired cliché, ‘In Hong Kong space is at a premium’, must be on a loop in the brain of whoever gave

I mentioned the enlightened new proposition to the owner of a 65 foot, three-deck yacht. Disbelieving at first, he selfishly debated the impact of such a wonderful icon on the value of his vessel. I explained (to no avail) that it was strictly for his benefit. Most luxury tub-owners

never leave their enclosure, so having a concrete roof over their heads will encourage them to get out of the dark on weekends. They will hightail it for some fresh air, though they may not find much once the super-incinerator off Shek Kwu Chau is up and running. There will always be those for whom every forward step is viewed as blight on the landscape, contributing to the demise of their prized, pristine environment. Naturally, any wails of concern will be taken into account – before being summarily dismissed as the histrionic outpourings of a bunch of sentimental tree-huggers. But then if things in DB were cavalierly democratic, nothing would ever get done. As for the thrilling prospect of a multi-level golf driving range above DB Reservoir, that will accommodate 8,888 mainland punters in a single session, reactionary residents are suggesting (rather absurdly) that it could be the mother of all white elephants. Meanwhile... Happy April Fools’ Day!

Peter Sherwood has lived in DB for 18 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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