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Discovery Bay’s original community magazine

APRIL 2019

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CONTENTS April 2019

Join your community online

PROFILE - 36 Meet record-breaking DB runner Nikki Han

IN FOCUS - 40 Are you recycling to the best of your ability?

EDUCATION - 48 Understanding the gift of dyslexia

ESCAPES - 56 Road trip to Zhuhai – the HZMB


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SUCCESS STORY Darren Counsell




WISH LIST April must-haves




DB FACES In and around the plaza






OUT THERE Peter Sherwood talks back



INSIDER > 54 Emma Pike of Farmer’s Market advises on choosing the best meat for your family


The DBRC’s 26th Tennis Nations Cup To see more photos from the day, turn to page 8

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DB’s top tennis players showcased their skills – and whacky national costumes – at the Discovery Bay Recreation Club’s 26th Tennis Nations Cup on the weekend of March 2. Congratulations to the German team, who defended their first-place ranking from last year and again took home the Nations Cup. The Italian team was voted ‘best-dressed’ at the tournament, the American team at the after-party dinner.


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Eighty-eight children, aged seven to 13, competed in the Harvey Law Group Kart Race on March 16, vying for trophies in 334 races. The races were split into age groups, and kids had the option to design and build their own freestyle karts, competing for ‘Best Design’ and ‘Fastest Freestyler.’ Proceeds from this year’s race went to Heep Hong Society. Congratulations to the firstplace winners: Miles Fleet, Jerry Shao, Daniel Livar, Marcus Cheng, Charlie Campbell, Louis Basquin, William Osburn and Noe De Baecque.

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DBIS INTERNATIONAL FOOD FAIR   One of the largest community events in DB, Discovery Bay International School’s International Food Fair on March 9 was a blast as always. This year’s event focused on sustainability with everyone encouraged to bring their own cup, eating utensils and take-out containers, or rent them from the school’s eco team.


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Nearly 100 DB kids, aged 14 and younger, competed in the DBRC Junior Tennis Tournament over the weekend of March 16. Congratulations to the grand-slam champions Bennet Lindhaus and Jack Dalling (Doubles 8&U), Parth Sane and Mannoa Andrianne (Doubles 10&U), Aiden Phoebus and Emma Kwan (Doubles 12&U), Ryan and Riya Morais (Doubles 14&U), Conor Broadley (Singles 10&U), Johann Stephan Rezende (Singles 12&U) and Ryan Morais (Singles 14&U).

ST PATRICK’S DAY QUIZ DBers got their green on and lifted a pint or two of Guinness to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and to support the Melissa McDermott School of Irish Dance at the McSorley’s pub quiz on March 16. Proceeds from the pub quiz benefited the school’s dancers who are competing in this year’s European Irish Dancing Championship in Milan.

LANTAU STAIRMASTER One of the toughest short courses in Hong Kong, The Trail Hub’s Lantau Stairmaster on March 16 saw participants go up and over Sunset and Lantau peak twice.


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Grab the Chance to Show Your Love and Appreciation In family-focused Discovery Bay, residents are often privileged to witness moments of familial love both large and small. From happy reunions at the ferry pier at the end of day when children meet their parents coming home from work, to comforting hugs and kisses after knees get skinned in the plaza, family life is at the heart of the DB community.

In honour of Mother’s Day (May 12) and Father’s Day (June 16), Love.Together@DB, the community caring platform initiated by Hong Kong Resort Company, would like to commemorate the bond between a parent and child and invites readers to share a photo and a story or a description of what makes their mum or dad special.

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Include a photo and no more than a 100word description about your mum or dad

on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day 2019 Write to Us by April 14 All Discovery Bay residents – both children and adults – are eligible and invited to share their thoughts and photos. Simply email by April 14, with the subject line ‘Love is all Around DB,’ and include a photo and a brief (100-word maximum) write up.

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The shortlisted entries about mums will be published with their photos in the May issue of Around DB, and shortlisted entries about dads will be published with their photos in the June issue. Winners will be announced on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day on the Around DB Facebook page.

Mum’s shortlisted entries will appear in the May issue of Around DB

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Mother’s Day Prizes 1st prize: 99 roses for home-delivery in DB 2nd prize: D  inner buffet (weekend) for two adults, two kids at the Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong 3rd prize: Spa package for two adults at the Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong

Father’s Day Prizes 1st prize: World collection of wines (12 bottles) 2nd prize: D  inner buffet (weekend) for two adults, two kids at the Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong 3rd prize: Spa package for two adults at the Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong For more on the competition, turn to page 19 or visit Submit your entry at by April 14. Love.Together@DB is a community-caring platform initiated by Hong Kong Resort Company dedicated to serving the Discovery Bay community. The platform has been supporting and co-organising diversified corporate social responsibility initiatives with NGOs, community leaders and volunteers to promote the loving and caring culture in the sustainable and multicultural DB community.







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Join fellow fans for a chance to meet and speak with the Zimbabwe Cheetahs Rugby Sevens team from 7pm to 9.30pm at a fundraiser organised by the DB Pirates. Come out to support the Cheetahs and for your chance to play games and win raffle prizes. For more information, call 2987 0966.

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Hong Kong Stadium, Happy Valley

The Unsung Heroes, a choir composed of domestic helpers, founded by DBer Jane Engelmann, is performing again at this year’s Hong Kong Sevens. Catch the group’s signature song I wish I could kiss you goodnight during the performance at 1.15pm at the Hong Kong Stadium Upper Concourse. To find out more, email or visit the Unsung Heroes HK Facebook page.

CAPS FOR A CURE Bayview House of Children and Discovery College April 11


Students from Discovery College and Bayview House of Children are using their heads to help find a cure for cancer. The student-led event is to raise awareness about childhood cancer, with participants designing and wearing creative and outlandish hats. Last year’s event raised HK$17,000 to benefit the Hong Kong chapter of St. Baldrick’s Foundation. For more information, email; to make a donation, visit

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Twinkle Dance Company has arrived in DB – providing classes in the Yoga Up studio space in DB North Plaza – so now’s the time to watch 700 Twinkle dancers, aged three and up, perform in the school’s annual showcase. The theme for 2019 is Sleeping Beauty with a number of dance styles, including shadow dance, presented. Part of the show’s proceeds are being donated to Orbis, which provides the skills, resources and knowledge needed to deliver accessible quality eyecare worldwide. For tickets, visit April 6-7

EPICLAND REOPENING DB North Plaza A new adventure awaits at EpicLand in DB North Plaza! Hong Kong’s largest family entertainment centre is reopening in April, and we are promised a host of exciting new facilities and experiences. Director Koren Thomas says, “We have pretty much changed 70% but readers will have to wait and see as it is part of the surprise.” Visit


The Lantau Buffalos Run offers categories for kids aged six to seven (2 kilometres) and eight to 14 (5 kilometres), plus parent and child teams (5 kilometres). Register online – HK$170 per participant – by 10pm on April 18. Race proceeds to benefit Plastic Free Seas. For more information, visit April 21


LOVE IS ALL AROUND DB Throughout DB Submission date: April 14 In honour of Mother’s Day (May 12) and Father’s Day (June 16), Love.Together@DB, the community caring platform initiated by Hong Kong Resort Company, invites readers to share a photo and a description of what makes their mum or dad special. All Discovery Bay residents – both children and adults – are eligible. Simply email by April 14, with the subject line ‘Love is all Around DB,’ and include a photo and a brief (100-word maximum) write up. For more on the competition, turn to page 16 or visit


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Submission date: May 3 All secondary school students living and/ or studying in Lantau are eligible to enter our Young Writers Competition (YWC). For 2019, students are asked to submit a 600- to 700-word ghost story by May 3 to From the articles submitted, our three mentors each select a winning story and work on improving it with the author. The three finished articles are posted on the Around DB and Life on Lantau Facebook pages for an online vote. The winning story is published in both magazines, and the finalists and runners-up are presented with HK$2,300-worth of vouchers from Bookazine, the competition sponsor, at an award ceremony at Discovery Bay International School. Young writers can check the YWC guidelines on the Around DB and Life on Lantau Facebook pages or at

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EASTER EVENTS MASTERCHEF CHALLENGE Discovery Bay Alliance Church April 15 Is your child a Masterchef? Kids, aged seven to 12, can work together as a team to make creative dishes with designated ingredients at the Masterchef Easter Challenge from 10am to 12pm. The registration fee for church members is HK$260, non-members HK$280. To sign your child up, call 2987 8136.

April 14-20

During Holy Week, special services are held across DB – at Church of the Incarnation, Discovery Bay Alliance Church, Discovery Bay Anglican Church, Discovery Bay International Community Church and Trinity Chapel.

LUNCH BUFFET Auberge Discovery Bay April 18-22

Café bord de Mer & Lounge’s Easter lunch buffet is packed with spring-season favourites and Easter-inspired sweet treats. Egg painting activities for kids are also on offer. To make a booking, call 2295 8299.



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At the two-day Easter Egg Hunt on the Beach, for children aged three to 10, kids redeem eggs for prizes, with 30,000 prizes to be won. To register your child’s place, head to To find out more, turn to page 24.


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At the Auberge Discovery Bay Easter Carnival, open from 11am to 5pm, kids can enjoy activities such as game booths, bouncy castles, Easter egg painting and balloon twisting. For more information, visit







Photo courtesy of Kristen Handford Drawing by Sebastian Raeburn

Tasked with creating the perfect pigthemed picture, DB primary school students created fantastic art pieces for the New Year New Dreams Drawing Competition. Members of the DB community were invited to vote on 20 shortlisted entries via Facebook. Congratulations go to first-prize winner Sebastian Raeburn, Discovery Mind Primary School; first runner-up Donald Ong, S.K.H Wei Lun Primary School; and second runner-up Samaira Sehgal, Discovery College.

Four DB-based dragon-boat teams – the Sea Cucumbers, the Discovery College Cobras, the DB Pirates and the DB Marlins – have joined Green Dragons HK, a collection of dragon boat teams across Hong Kong, by making a pledge to ‘paddle without plastic.’ The pledge includes using reusable water bottles, cleaning up beaches after practices and races, and trying to get others involved. To find out more, head to the Green Dragons HK Facebook page.


New parents can get fit with Kristen Handford at one of her newly launched babywearing training sessions. Kristen is offering Postnatal Fitness Foundations and Babywearing Workouts. The former, held at Tai Pak Wan Playground, helps new mums return to fitness, while the Babywearing Workouts, held at the 8 Vista Avenue Playground, encourage new mums and dads to work out and bond with their little one. Visit or follow Kristen on Instagram @kristen_handford.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN When April 13 Where Starts at the China Bear, Mui Wo Why Compete for your home country by running 30 kilometres with a team of three Contact



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Where Starts Yung Shue Wan Pier, Lamma

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Why Island hop in a semi self-supported orienteering race across Lamma, Hong Kong and Lantau islands

Why Sprint 9 kilometres or 12 kilometres in and around DB and on the Lo Fu Tau Trail


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Children aged eight to 15 can enjoy a week’s-worth of adventure at a Treasure Island (TIG) Spring Adventure Camp. Activities include kayaking, gorging, raft building and hiking. Different activities are on offer every day, across Lantau, with overnight camping at TIG’s private campsite. To find out more, call 2546 3543 or email To register, head to

The winners of the Love Your Body Love Your Cozzie competition got their glam on at their photoshoot on Tai Pak Wan on March 30. Around DB will post individual photos of the six pairs of mums and daughters online on May 1, with readers challenged to match the daughters to the mums. To know more, check the Around DB and Life on Lantau Facebook pages or visit



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Support kids in need by joining the annual DB Crayon Run. The third edition of this popular event offers four categories: adult and child (up to five years, six to eight years, and nine years and up) and helper and child (any age). All proceeds go to the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay. For more details and registration, visit or check the Crayon Society Facebook page.



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Watch Discovery Bay Football Club (DBFC) defend its championship title in the Master’s tournament of the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens alongside clubs from Europe and Asia. In 2018, DBFC beat Notts Forest Mobsters 2-0 to take home the Masters Cup; DB’s Daniel Lins-Cortez was named Player of the Tournament. For tickets and event information, visit

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he worst part of travelling is the schlepping – luggage, taxi cabs, waiting in queues. It’s enough to make you tired even before you’ve wrestled the suitcases out of the closet. Lucky for us, Hong Kong is full of staycation opportunities. Here in DB it is a very fine line between home-life and resort-life with the luxurious Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong just a short bus ride away for DB residents – and only a ferry ride away for those living in Hong Kong or Kowloon.


the Easter dinner buffet and one admission ticket to the Egg Hunt on Tai Pak Beach. This two-night room package, designed for two adults and one child, is priced at HK$4,538* and available from April 18 to 22. While the package includes one trip to the special Easter dinner

This year, the Easter holiday runs from Good Friday to Easter Monday (April 19 to 22), giving us a four-day weekend to relax and enjoy the best that DB has to offer through a mini-staycation in our own backyard. Check in at the Auberge the ‘Easter Egg Hunt Package’ includes two stay in a mountain-view daily breakfast buffet, one

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buffet at Café bord de Mer & Lounge, it’s well worth the splurge to indulge in the dinner buffet on both nights of your staycation. Be sure to sample the shepherd’s pie with foie gras terrine and the braised duck with abalone and mushroom. And don’t forget that each dinner buffet guest is entitled to enjoy half a lobster baked in

Easter indulgences at the Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong • The Easter Egg Hunt Room Package is priced from HK$4,538* and is available from April 18 to 22. It includes two nights stay in a mountain-view room, daily breakfast buffet, one visit to the Easter dinner buffet and one admission ticket to the Egg Hunt on Tai Pak Beach. • The lunch buffet at Café bord de Mer & Lounge is available from April 19 to 22, and is priced at HK$438* for adults and HK$298* for children. •T  he dinner buffet at Café bord de Mer & Lounge is available from April 18 to 22, and is priced at HK$498* for adults and HK$298* for children. For reservations or enquiries, call 2295 8355 or email Visit for more details. * Terms and conditions apply. * All prices are subject to 10% service charge

cheese! Make sure you save room for dessert, which includes a wide selection of colourful Easter treats, notably the ‘Funny Bunny Chestnut Meringue Basket.’ During both lunch and afternoon tea servings, children can occupy themselves in the Café bord de Mer & Lounge kids’ corner. While they paint Easter eggs, you can enjoy your meal in (relative) peace and quiet – a true luxury. The egg painting is just the beginning of the Easter fun on offer at the Auberge as the Easter Kids Carnival is another must do. Activities on offer at the carnival, from April 19 to 22 – 11am to 5pm – include game booths, a bouncy castle, balloon twisting and a pool hunt. Of course, you’ll also want your kids to enjoy the main event – the Egg Hunt on Tai Pak Beach. From April 19 to 20, kids, aged three to 10 years, are given the chance to search for colourful Easter eggs hidden in the sand. Across both days, children are divided into different age groups and allocated different ‘hunting times.’ Kids aged three to four years are up at 12pm and 4.30pm; kids aged five to six years at 1.30pm; and kids aged seven to 10 years at 3pm. There are over 30,000 fabulous prizes on offer, with every egg

collected entitling a child to redeem a prize. As an added bonus, egg hunters who find one of the eight ‘Grand Eggs,’ hidden alongside the smaller ones, get a special prize (with these prizes worth up to HK$9,000 in total). All participants receive a Welcome Goodies Bag at the start of their hunt and a Certificate of Excellence at the end.

Along with the Egg Hunt there is also the Fun Fair at DB Plaza and Tai Pak Beach. The open-air fair runs from April 19 to 20 – 10.30am to 6.30pm – to coincide with the Egg Hunt and provide plenty of additional amusement and excitement for the kids. As in previous years, there’ll be six interactive inflatables plus any number of carnival-type game booths. Let the Easter fun begin! April 2019



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Entrepreneurs of the Month Darren Counsell and Aurora Chan


ur business is an adventure accessories company for dogs. In setting up Embark Pets, my wife Aurora and I decided to pursue a business that we are passionate about. We believe if you do something you love, the rest will follow. We love being outdoors, we love to travel and we love dogs, so Embark Pets was a natural choice. The thing that interests us most about our business is that we can create. We love being able to make our ideas and designs come to life, and then see them in the marketplace. We love interacting with the dog community; it is a very happy and friendly place to work in. To succeed in business, you need to be passionate, driven and savvy with numbers, but most of all you need to enjoy what you do. Our advice for someone looking to start up a business is don’t be afraid to ask for help. You can’t do everything yourself and it’s also no fun trying to do something like this solo. Surround yourself with good people who share your passion and trust them. To start up our business we spent a number of years planning, and did research into the market that we wanted to enter. We also soft-launched products to make sure the demand was there. The greatest challenge we face is ensuring that the products meet the expectations and vision of our company – quality is paramount. Another big learn is that dogs come in many shapes and sizes, from Dachshunds to Great Danes, so ensuring testing across all the various breeds is important. Our greatest achievement was launching our flagship product. It was many years in the planning, and seeing our creation in real life and being sold in the US and UK was extremely exciting. Our plan for the future is to grow the business and brand to hopefully become one of the major dog apparel brands in the world. We already ship to our online shoppers in the US, UK and Europe, and we are thinking about expanding into the Hong Kong market. We want to continue providing high quality, rugged and sustainable adventure accessories for dogs, and maintain our vision of being a community-orientated company. When hiring staff, we always ask how do you motivate yourself to do tasks that you are not as excited about, but need to be done? The entrepreneur we most admire is Richard Branson. We admire his business values, his ability to build brand and his approach to work/ life balance. Our favourite social media platform is Instagram. It’s a great platform for us to connect with our clients, and it’s fun to see what adventures people get up to with their dogs in our gear! Our personal motto is ‘Never stop learning.’

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At almost nine years old, this little girl already has a lot on her plate. DB’s AUDREY MAS tells Alexander Grasic about the ins and outs of Cookie Street, the dog-treat making business that she runs out of her home kitchen Why did you start making doggie treats? First, I wanted to make cookies for humans but because I’m allergic to eggs, nuts and sesame, it was going to be quite hard. Then one day I went to the store to buy some treats for our dog Dylan. As I was looking at the ingredients, I saw things in them that aren’t safe for dogs to eat. I know what that’s like, so I had the idea to make healthy treats that would be safe for dogs that had allergies too. Dogs are my favourite animals, with cheetahs. We sold our first batch of treats in September.

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Tell us about the treats. All of the treats are made from oat flour, which me and Mum make ourselves. We then add different ingredients to make our five flavours. I came up with the flavours I thought Dylan would like. The first two we made, the Pumpernickel Balls and Snappy Snacks, are actually vegetarian. We used Snappy Snacks to teach Dylan how to sit. He is chief taste-tester and also gets all the rejects. Some things in the treats are different because of my allergies. We use apple sauce instead of eggs, and sunflowerseed butter instead of peanut butter. Humans can eat them (I’ve tried them all), but they won’t taste that good because they don’t have any salt or sugar in them. You can also freeze them for up to six months. How is Cookie Street doing? I have people all over Hong Kong. One time when I was in the lift to take Dylan out, there was this lady who said, “Oh I know you, you do dog treats!” And I said, “Yeah.” And then she said, “We’re gonna order some.” And she did.

I make about 12 bags a week; we went to a Handmade Hong Kong market and sold out in three hours! Sometimes I write letters to people, if they order a lot or if their dog is sick. One puppy, Gerald, he was really sick and needed an operation, so I wrote a letter for him. We have a logo: I worked with a graphic designer. I thought at first it was a random cookie shape and then we realised it was an ear and a head of a dog. There are also dog paws in the name, and I chose the colour because purple is my favourite, along with yellow and green. My grandparents in Australia had it put on an apron and hat that I wear when I cook. What is your work-school balance like? Sometimes my Mum helps me when I’m at school. I just got back from school, and after this I have piano class. If people make an order, they might have to wait a few days so I can have time to make them. What’s next? I am going to speak at DMPS [Discovery Mind Primary School] to other Year 4 kids as a ‘Young Entrepreneur,’ and then at my school. I go to the French school in DB North Plaza [L’Ecole Française Internationale de Lantau], so I have to say it in French there. I am working on birthday cakes that people can eat with their dogs. People love celebrating with their dogs. Dylan will have some new flavours to test soon.

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Win two return tickets to Sarawak, Malaysia with Royal Brunei Airlines

Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) is offering one reader two return tickets to Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia (worth HK$2,720 each, excluding applicable taxes). The flight routing, on economy class, is Hong Kong to Kuching via Brunei. You can book your flight any time before July 31, and Hong Kong residents are eligible for a 30-day stay. Visit RB currently operates a fleet of 14 aircraft comprising of five Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, seven Airbus A320 NEO and two Airbus A320 CEO. With an average aircraft-age of two years, its fleet is one of the youngest in the world. In 2018, RB was recognised as a winner in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Travellers’ Choice Regional Carrier-Asia and Travellers’ Choice Economy Class-Asia. In the same year, RB received the APEX Official Airline Ratings™ Four-Star Award, and moved up 14 places in Skytrax’s global airline quality rating programme. RB is now ranked 78th in the top 100 airlines in the world. RB first flew to Kuching in May 1975. Flights now run from Hong Kong to Kuching (via Brunei) four times weekly. “Kuching is one of the first destinations that RB flew to back in 1975 alongside Singapore, Kota Kinabalu and Hong Kong and we are very proud to be connecting this beautiful city to the rest of our network and providing the missing link to Brunei,” says RB CEO Karam Chand. 

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Win a place at a Treasure Island spring adventure camp Treasure Island Group (TIG) is offering one reader a free place on one of its spring adventure camps (worth HK$4,480). Each camp includes a week’s worth of adventure, from either April 15 to 19 or April 22 to 26. Activities, such as kayaking, gorging, raft building and hiking, are centred on and around beautiful Pui O Beach. TIG’s spring adventure camps are for children (aged eight to 15), who want to experience a variety of exciting outdoor pursuits, as well as develop outdoor leadership skills such as trip preparation, equipment and material checks and group organisation. There are different activities each day, in various locations on Lantau, with overnight camping at TIG’s secure, private campsite (usually from Thursday to Friday). Lunch and two snacks a day are included. Third-party audited for safety by OutdoorsMark New Zealand, TIG is committed to providing a safe learning environment for camp participants with the highest duty of care when in the field. The TIG leader:participant safety ratio is 1:15 for general camp activities and 1:8 for technical components. The group is constantly redefining and evaluating its operating procedures to ensure that its risk management is at the industry standard or better. In addition, TIG maintains appropriate insurance policies with respect to its activities. To register for the spring adventure camp call 2546 3543 or email

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New Year NEW DREAMS Drawing Competition Discovery Mind Primary School

Sebastian Raeburn (Y3)


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2nd runner-up Donald Ong (Y6)

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Samaira Sehgal (Y6)

S.K.H. Wei Lun Primary School Donald Ong (Y6)

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Samaira Sehgal (Y6)

MERIT WINNERS The year-of-the-pig-themed New Year New Dreams drawing competition, the second of its kind in DB, has been a great success, with numerous entries from DB primary students, and a record online voting with over 3000 likes.

Discovery College Marcus Wai (Y5)

At last, the results are in: Congratulations go to first-prize winner Sebastian Raeburn, Year 3, Discovery Mind Primary School; first runner-up Donald Ong, Year 6, S.K.H Wei Lun Primary School; and second runner-up Samaira Sehgal, Year 6, Discovery College. An additional shout out goes to the three merit winners: Marcus Wai, Year 5, Discovery College; Sadie Marr, Year 4, Discovery Bay International School; and Carrie Wu, Year 4, Discovery Mind Primary School. Sebastian, Donald and Samaira can look forward to seeing their pieces displayed on banners around DB.

Discovery Bay International School Sadie Marr (Y4)

As the winner, Sebastian will receive HK$2,500 in vouchers to spend in local DB stores, while Donald wins HK$1,500 in vouchers and Samaira HK$800. The merit winners will each receive HK$400 in vouchers. Love.Together@DB, the community-caring platform initiated by Hong Kong Resort Company, would like to thank all the students and voters who took part in this year’s New Year New Dreams drawing competition.

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Discovery Bay trail runner Nikki Han breaks the glass ceiling with her top-three finish on the HK4TUC. Elizabeth Kerr reports

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n the interests of editorial transparency let’s be perfectly honest: I have never so much as run for a bus, not when I was late, not even when it was raining. So to sit down with DBer Nikki Han two weeks after she completed the gruelling, 300-kilometre Hong Kong Four Trails Ultra Challenge (HK4TUC) in February is an obvious egocrusher. Also, the HK4TUC is a non-stop 300 kilometres, so it’s hilarious to hear Nikki brush off the interest in her achievement. “I hate talking about myself. I mean, why would anyone be interested in me?” she asks, genuinely confounded. On this March afternoon – 10 days before International Women’s Day

‘I’ve run nearly 300 kilometres!’ “They just kind of stopped, translated to each other and had nothing else to say. I don’t think they believed me,” she recalls with a laugh. The trails teach you A native of Aberdeen, Scotland, Nikki has been trail running for seven years, a passion she developed upon moving to Discovery Bay 15 years ago with her Hong Kong-born Scottish husband, a pilot. Always the active type, she started road running in school, but after a runner friend asked if she’d care to join her on an island trail she never looked back. “I thought it was awesome, even

“I think people are intrigued by how I did it,” she concedes. – Nikki is relaxing with a coffee and reflecting on her most recent race. The HK4TUC, comprised of the MacLehose, Wilson, Hong Kong and Lantau trails – backwards – is among the toughest in the world, and Nikki beat out 26 international runners to finish in third place in 58 hours and become the first woman to do so. Did I mention that the HK4TUC is run without support? And the only chance for water, food or a nap is when you’re island hopping from one trail to the next. Nikki didn’t sleep. She recalls slowing down before tackling a particularly tough Lantau climb, and encountering three young boys coming down. Looking the mess she did, the boys asked, ‘Are you okay? Do you need some water?’ Nikki says she babbled on a bit, decided she sounded weird, and told them,

though my legs hurt for weeks afterwards,” she says. “It makes you feel free. It clears your head and everything you see makes sense. I have a dog that runs with me. She can do about 20 kilometres. The trails teach you. They keep you calm and not so worried about ‘stuff.’ The more you run the more you filter out all the meaningless stuff. I’ve always loved running. It’s just taken me 48 years to find out I was good at it.” Nikki’s trail-running career started modestly (in hindsight), with 15-kilometre runs, then moving to 27 kilometres, 50 kilometres and 100 kilometres. This year, with more than 20 ultras under her belt, she felt it was time to go back to the HK4TUC – the one that got away. Nikki expressed an interest three years ago, but after sustaining an Achilles injury at the Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji she had to drop out.

The race here is not one anyone does for glory: there are no points or medals handed out. It’s just a personal challenge. “People not familiar with HK4TUC just thought I was doing another long race and didn’t realise it was 298 kilometres,” Nikki says. “It’s hard for many people to get their head around running that distance.” For the record that’s nearly the distance from London to Liverpool; just under the distance from Seoul to Busan. And Nikki did two extra clicks because she got lost. Remember: the HK4TUC goes backwards. Backwards is something Nikki herself doesn’t do. She’s done ultras in Japan, France and Scotland and has no desire to do them again. Once a race is done and dusted, she prefers to move on – especially from her native Scotland’s West Highland Way Race. She did that one mid-summer weekend in zero degrees, 70 kilometre/ hour winds and non-stop driving rain. “It was freezing,” she says. “At one point there was sleet. But it toughened me up.” Which served her well on the Four Trails. As well as being the first woman finisher in the race’s eight-year history, Nikki, 48, is the oldest. She’s also the first HK4TUC finisher who didn’t make the 3am ferry to Mui Wo. This left her with just thirteen-anda-half hours to finish the Lantau Trail, something she achieved in a comfortable 12:10. This time would have placed her 84th of 507 at last year’s Lantau 70 – and she’d already run 228 kilometres. “I think people are intrigued by how I did it,” she concedes. A woman’s perspective An early riser, good to go with as little as five hours of sleep, the mother of 11- and 15-year- April 2019



old daughters finds time to train every day, which she’ll admit can be hard at times. “I didn’t have to give up a job but all the races are at the weekend, and that’s when my kids need me. A lot of racers hang around at the finish but I can’t. I have to take off,” she says. Too many women still feel guilty for working outside the home or having other time-consuming passions. Does Nikki? “I wouldn’t say I feel guilty, but it takes time to go out and train. It takes time to get to some of the trails, then you’re tired when you get home. But my husband and my girls really support me, 100%. I could go into the Four Trails with a clear mind, and you have to have that… The girls were there at the finish. It was amazing.”

The question of whether there should be competitive gender divides in sport comes up. Nikki backs Serena Williams’ welldeserved wish to be counted among the greatest tennis players ever – not female players. “I feel the same,” she says. “I just feel like I’m running, or competing, with people. Now I’ve finished I can see how I inspire women, especially young girls.” Nikki also agrees that, like boardrooms and Hollywood, there needs to be more women at the organisational level, but until then maybe the male/ female distinction needs to remain. Otherwise women would never make it to the podium. But… she did.

“That’s true,” she says with a wide grin. Nikki’s immediate bucket list doesn’t involve changing the politics of sport, but rather the Hardcore Hundred (seriously), in the Philippines this May, which usually draws under 100 runners. “I like the smaller races, with a small number of participants. Mont Blanc is beautiful and it’s an iconic race, but it’s so commercialised. I really enjoyed it but I wouldn’t go back. This one is on Mount Pulag, about nine hours north of Manila. The trails are really raw, it’s quite wild and the total elevation, over 160 kilometres, is around 12 kilometres.” Nikki is positively gleeful at the thought. You go, girl.

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With Earth Day approaching on April 22, Claire Severn takes a look at recycling in DB and asks what more we can do to reduce our carbon footprint



s communities go, it’s fair to say that the people of DB are pretty switched on when it comes to environmental matters. Head to a local coffee shop and you’ll see residents handing over their own flasks for take-outs. Eat at a DB restaurant and you’ll find diners sipping from paper or metal straws rather than plastic. And if you end up in Fusion without a reusable bag, there’s a handy rack near the tills where eco-conscious shoppers leave spares to help anyone who finds themselves stuck without one. It’s clear that we want to reduce the impact our modern lifestyles have on the environment, but are we doing enough, and are we doing things properly? Take recycling, for example. Most

DBers separate their waste. It’s easy enough to do, but do you know the ins and outs of what can actually be recycled and what can’t? Get informed “It’s important to know what can and cannot be put into the recycling bins and to put things in the correct bin,” says Dana Winograd of DB Green and Plastic Free Seas (PFS). “It’s important that they are clean, too. Also, don’t bag your recyclables before putting them in the bins – put them in loose.” So, what can be recycled? At each village (as well as some bus stops and both plazas) you’ll find separation bins for paper, metal, plastic and glass. When it

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comes to paper, it should be free of paint and oil, and not plastic coated – so no take-out coffee cups. Plastic windows should be removed from envelopes, and be aware that laminated paper, such as some brochure and magazine covers, is non-recyclable. Cardboard boxes should be flattened and left next to a paper separation bin. CDs and DVDs can also be recycled, but they need to be taken to the waste sorting centre near Nim Shue Wan. Most glassware can be recycled, and you can leave the labels on your bottles. Some glass items are processed here in DB using the glass crusher at the Green.Icon@DB eco centre and reused as a construction material.

Other items, for example screw-top wine bottles with remnants of metal on them, are processed by Baguio Waste Management & Recycling, an external company, that handles a large proportion of Hong Kong’s waste. Items that cannot be recycled and therefore should not be placed in separation bins include crisp packets, candy wrappers, toothpaste tubes, disposable coffee cup lids, lids from glass jars, mirrors and anything contaminated by food. And when it comes to plastic, be sure to check the number in the chasing arrows triangle. A 1, 2, 4 or 5 applies for recycling in DB (though not necessarily elsewhere). If it’s a 3 or 7, unfortunately it’s destined for landfill, as are all 6s, apart from polyfoam, which is now being recycled through the governmentfunded Missing Link – Polyfoam Recycling Scheme. Film plastics, like bags and soft-food packaging, are more challenging materials to handle compared to hard plastics, such as bottles. While there is a higher chance that these materials don’t end up getting recycled – for a variety of reasons, including contamination, high cost of sorting and lower resale value – it is possible, and therefore they are collected in DB. Cartons, such as Tetra Paks, for milk, food and juice, don’t get recycled right now, however DB Green and PFS are planning a new scheme to address this, starting in May. In order to be recycled, all cartons will need to be cut open and washed with the plastic spout and lid removed, and they should be dried and flattened. More information on this will be posted soon on the DB Green website. Expanding ambitions Another initiative launched recently by DB Green and PFS is

Dana Winograd of DB Green and PFS after a polyfoam collection in January

the collection of polyfoam. An alltoo-common sight in Hong Kong’s supermarkets and takeaway joints, polyfoam items include fruit nets, product packaging and food containers. Two collections, destined for the Missing Link – Polyfoam Recycling Scheme, have taken place to date, at the DB flea markets in January and March, and the goal is to set up a monthly collection in the near future. So, don’t throw your polyfoam in either the rubbish or recycling bin – wash it and hand it over at the next collection drive. Other household items that can be saved from landfill include small electrical items (WEEE), rechargeable batteries, energy-saving lightbulbs and fluorescent tubes, all of which can be handed in at your village management office. When it comes to large electrical appliances, residents can take them to the waste sorting centre near Nim Shue Wan, or alternatively contact either Winson Cleaning Services or Alba Integrated Waste Solutions to arrange for collection. Alba processes TVs, computers (including monitors, printers and scanners), refrigerators, air conditioners and washing machines to create secondary raw materials. The polluter pays On the government’s agenda this

year is the promotion of recycling through the Municipal Solid Waste scheme, which will see households charged based on how much they send to landfill. Under the scheme, which is due to take effect in the second half of 2019, all non-recyclable waste will need to be placed in designated garbage bags. It’s not clear yet how the charges will be implemented in DB, however Dana hopes that residents will be charged by volume in order to incentivise people to practise waste management at source, the idea being that the less you pollute, the less you pay. One endeavour that’s already helping to reduce waste at source is the food collection scheme running in some DB villages. Twilight Court resident Anders Larsen is an enthusiastic participant in the scheme. “It’s a simple daily exercise to dump the food waste after dinner,” says Anders. “People do do it, but more residents should get involved – to do so, you need to apply to City Management.” Residents participating in the scheme are encouraged to place unbagged food in the food bin at their village. There are certain items which you shouldn’t include such as large bones, corn cobs and husks, large fruit pits and liquid. The waste is collected by Winson, composted and used as fertiliser in local landscaping.  April 2019


IN FOCUS The 4 Rs Refuse! Say no to single-use plastic. Carry reusable shopping bags with you, request drinks without straws and bring your own take-out containers. Reduce! Choose items that aren’t heavily packaged in plastic and that are locally sourced to reduce your carbon footprint.

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Final destination But back to non-perishable items. What happens to our recycled waste after it has left the processing plant? With China and other Asian countries placing more and more restrictions on what they will import, it’s becoming an ever-increasing issue. “It is a problem here in Hong Kong just like in every other country in the world,” says Dana. “But it’s also an opportunity, as it forces countries to better manage their own waste.” Dana points to the joint venture between Alba, Swire Beverages and Baguio, which will see a new plastic recycling facility open in the second half of 2020, able to handle every polyethylene terephthalate (PET) drinks bottle used in Hong Kong, as well as other bottles such as those used for body-care products.

Watsons Water is getting in on the act too, with the introduction of hundreds of reverse vending machines throughout Hong Kong, as well as plans to offer water refills for just HK$1 per 100 millilitres in a six-month trial. To encourage members of the public to use the reverse vending machines, points will be given for each bottle returned, via the Drops of Fun mobile app, which can be redeemed for cash coupons or gifts. Add to that the government’s plans, as part of its Producer Responsibility Scheme, to introduce a deposit on all plastic drink bottles, which would be refunded to consumers when the bottle is returned for recycling, and perhaps we will start to see a shift in behaviour among Hongkongers. Here’s hoping so.

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Reuse! Don’t automatically throw things away when you’re done with them – someone else may be able to put them to good use. Here in DB, there are plenty of options. Toys, clothes and small household items can be placed in the Environmental Toy Houses located at Brilliance Court, La Costa and Midvale Village. The items donated are collected by local social enterprise DB Mothers & Friends, which redistributes them to people in need. DB Mothers & Friends also arranges door-to-door collections of larger household items each week for a small fee. Another option for clothes is to donate them to the Salvation Army via the collection bins located behind DB Post Office and at Midvale Village. Alternatively, there are lots of different Facebook groups for buying, selling and swapping items among the community, as well as ‘swapping corners’ in many villages. Your old books or pram may be just what someone else is looking for. Recycle! Be mindful that recycling should be your last option before landfill. If you can’t reuse it, simply sort it into the correct recycling bin.

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The Gift of Dyslexia By Tim Hall of St David’s College, North Wales


hloe rushes up to her bedroom as soon as she comes home from school. If I try to ask her about her day, lessons or friends, she yells at me and slams the door.” “Danny, is hopeless – ask him to do things and he forgets. I give him a few things I’d like some help with and he stands there looking confused and mouthing my instructions.” “I’m so worried about Sam, I sometimes think she is bipolar; she can be lovely, sociable, kind – she has some great friends, she loves sport and art, but she can get so angry and frustrated; it’s as if she’s a different girl altogether.”

Photo courtesy of St David’s College

If you can see your son or daughter in one of these quotes, it may be a sign that he or she has dyslexia. A 2014 report by Dyslexia International states that dyslexia affects at least 10% of any given population. This makes it one of the most common learning difficulties in the world.


The good news is that dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence and everything to do with the brain processing information differently. It is also known to run in families. If you have a dyslexic child, take a look at your family; you may recognise the same traits in other family members. In fact, as I have worked with many children and their parents – and we talk about their son or daughter – there has been a recognition that they are also the ones being

Tim Hall with DBer Orin McGinn, a boarder at St David’s College

described and they begin to see why they struggled so much through school themselves. Seeing things differently In many cases dyslexia becomes apparent when a child reaches school age but sometimes it can be diagnosed earlier. At school, teachers will want to discuss a student’s problems with reading and writing, the jumbling up of words and possibly poor organisation or difficulty carrying out a sequence of directions. Take the example of two former pupils of mine, twin sisters Sophie

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and Alice. Over 20 years ago, at the age of five, their parents were shopping in a local supermarket where they bumped into the girls’ teacher who passed comment that if you put both their heads together you might get one functioning brain. Thankfully, attitudes have generally changed since then but in some parts of the world there is still a massive stigma attached to these children who have what is perceived as a learning abnormality. When it comes to dyslexia, low selfesteem is the single most prevalent issue that needs working through. Students become casualties of

an education process that has pushed them to the back of the class, sent them out because they are causing a disturbance, told they are not trying or are just stupid. In reality, they simply see things differently; the way they learn does not match the way they have been taught and frustration has led to outbursts or disruptive behaviour. As this cycle of imposed failure and rejection occurs again and again, the child retreats into his or her own world. Perhaps the one most common factor for dyslexics is how they process information and instructions. Their processing speed is much slower, meaning they become very easily confused by multiple instructions. If you would like to try something simple at home to help ease frustrations on both sides, you can try a technique that we teachers call ‘chunking.’ Rather than asking your son or daughter to do multiple things, just say, “Please can you help me by taking the trash out?” Follow up with the next request once this has been achieved and make sure you praise them every time they succeed in achieving a task. Unlocking the potential What I have discovered in teaching dyslexic children for over 50 years is that what works best for a dyslexic, actually works best for all children. Every child has a preferred way to learn; if we tailor teaching and learning then not only does it become so much more effective, it becomes so much more enjoyable. There’s no doubt that dyslexics can flourish in a mainstream academic context, provided they are enrolled in a truly inclusive school that caters for children who learn differently. A model of small classes, highly specialised mainstream teachers, expert 1:1

and small group SEN specialists, who teach strategies that dyslexic children are able to use in mainstream lessons, provides the academic springboard for achievement. However, the school has to provide more than just the academic. There has to be a mechanism for unlocking a dyslexic child’s potential, building back their self-confidence and self-esteem and releasing their gifts. At St David’s we focus on three key principles: sound scholarship, physical fortitude and foundations of character. We make time for

belonging. Education is a threeway partnership between parents, children and the school. We all know, sometimes with a certain amount of embarrassment or even pain, that learning actually comes most effectively through failure. We need to encourage children to just try things and not worry about whether it will work or not. To create an environment where failure can be safe and positive, it has to be a place of belonging. In such a place a child or young person knows that there will always be someone to pick them up, put them back on their feet,

The good news is that dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence and everything to do with the brain processing information differently other ‘real’ education – sport, Duke of Edinburgh awards, community projects, volunteering, travelling, or simply playing with friends, without the stress of work constantly hanging like a dark cloud over everything. Students are inspired to fulfil their absolute holistic potential, in academic, physical and moral aspects of life. Provide an education that develops each of these areas and you will discover a young adult ready to take on the world. Find a school intent on developing character, confidence, leadership and self-esteem, and then wonders can happen. Find a school that celebrates dyslexia as a gift rather than seeing it as a special educational need. There is still one more key to real education and it is very simple – creating a sense of belonging for every child. School should not just be a school, it should be a community where both pupils and parents find a place of

dust them down and say, “Here have another go.” Let’s revisit Sophie, my former pupil. As the more dyslexic of the twins her story really is inspirational. Sophie spent most of her time in school simply not being able to read or write. Throughout this time, we used traditionally extracurricular activities to build her confidence and provide her with light-bulb moments that helped to explain concepts she was learning in the classroom. I also spent time with her as chaplain, helping her to understand who she really was and what she could give back to the world. Sophie still has a reading age of a nine or 10-year-old but she gained amazing GCSEs and A levels and is a hugely gifted artist, designer, communicator and spatial thinker. She has a first-class Master’s degree in Architecture, was headhunted by an elite architecture firm and also owned and ran a very successful photography business.  April 2019



Working your Gift of Dyslexia


By Tim Hall of St David’s College, North Wales

wonder if school utterly exhausts you? I wonder if school totally frustrates you? I wonder if you sit at the back of the class screaming in silence, “Please help me, I want to learn too, stop leaving me out.” Maybe you love sport, socialising, talking and playing but want to avoid reading, hope your teacher doesn’t ask you a question, wish your teacher would slow down and let you process everything she has just said, or you simply dread the classroom. Dyslexia is a gift you have that is also a barrier to your learning in a typical school classroom. The barrier is that you see things very differently, process instructions very differently and see letters and words in a completely different way. Often these words may jump around the page and be unrecognisable to you. The gift is that you are what I like to call a ‘3D thinker.’ You see in pictures, you memorise in pictures and you see problems from a different angle. You are a solution maker, an innovator and a creative thinker, constantly having ideas you want to share. How can you celebrate and work with your gift in a learning environment that is alien to you?

Photo courtesy of St David’s College

Here are a few practical tips:


• Tell your teacher you want to learn but you’re actually seeing the page of words as a jumble, you’re struggling to process multiple instructions, you often have ideas you would love to share in class but are too anxious to speak out.

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• Ask a friend to sit next to you and help you with the bits you struggle with and tell your friend you have loads of ideas which may help with their classwork or homework. (Ask your teacher about this so you don’t get your friend into trouble for talking in class!) • Use your laptop or device for writing – there are so many speech-to-text and text-tospeech apps – find out which works best for you. • You may be very disorganised and find it hard to remember time and co-ordinate what you need when and where. Use your phone to help you set reminders. (Would your school let you have


your phone as an ‘assistant,’ if you negotiated it and made sure you used it in that way?) • Find a good mind mapping programme, so that you can put your ideas down quickly and then you can get them into an order once they are recorded, before you forget them. More than anything else enjoy your gift of dyslexia, share the gift and help other people understand what you struggle with so they can help you. It is not something to hide or be ashamed of, it is something to celebrate. By the way, one in 10 people are dyslexic, so you’re not alone.

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he World Economic Forum, held in January this year, listed the top skills required for the future, for the so-called ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution,’ to include higher-order thinking skills such as complex problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity. What is key is that ‘essential skills,’ like these, can’t yet be mimicked by artificial intelligence.

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“We know that technology is developing constantly, but it can’t replace creativity and the innovative minds of people. We can’t guarantee what jobs there will be in the future, but by giving children the tools to succeed in a variety of fields, we can certainly help with future-proofing,” comments Linda Cheung, STEMinn coordinator at Stamford American School Hong Kong.


“For this reason, Stamford’s STEMinn programme commences at age five,” Linda adds. “It was developed to drive innovative thinking as well as expand the higher-order thinking skills students need to be successful upon graduation. The innovation [inn] component added to the STEM programme [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] allows students more opportunities to engage in design thinking in the following steps: Imagine, Design, Create, Evaluate.”

This design thinking process sees an idea transformed into a practical solution which solves a real-world problem. At Stamford, students engage in design thinking through both individual and team projects. This approach to learning brings creativity to life while developing skills such as problem-solving, coordination with others and project management. “Coming up with creative solutions is important but being able to test, fail and improve is even more so. Deep learning for the students comes during the evaluation phase where they learn how to improve their work; this phase often is the beginning of further exploration, not the end,” says Linda. Sustainable Stamford Not surprisingly, Stamford students love the STEMinn approach. “By digging in and engaging children with what is relevant to their lives and speaks to their interests, we are able to provide them with meaningful learning experiences,” Linda explains. To this end, an ongoing whole school project sees students engaging in authentic, inquiry-based projects related to sustainability. Sustainable Stamford will culminate in a two-day event (May 2 and 3) with activities, workshops and showcases of students’ work.

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Students are planning their investigations in composting, mealworm farming and vertical gardening. Further activities on the planning table include making detergent from fruit enzymes and pencil cases from Tetra Paks, and transforming plastic waste into art murals and unwanted goods into high fashion. The idea is that students gain confidence when they see that their ideas can be realised and put to good use. Each grade level focuses on topics relevant to their curricular content. “Our upper elementary students and middle school will use their innovative skills and knowledge to build solar cars and remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) using sustainable materials. ROVs can be used to gather important data, using AI technology to track debris (of various origins) in the ocean more effectively,” says Linda. “To leave Hong Kong a cleaner place, there will also be a series of beach clean-ups followed by workshops on how to repurpose plastics and, more importantly, on how we can reduce their use.” Sustainable Stamford challenges students to look beyond their classrooms, and to recognise that they have a role to play in the world. For example, Grade 5 [Year 6] students are working on the United Nation’s Sustainable

Development Goals (SDGs). “Students are now at a point where they have chosen one of the goals to focus on and they are about to develop an action plan of ‘teaspoons of change’ that they can make,” Linda explains. “The teacher leading this project has created a Humans of Stamford library through which teachers share their past experiences, their involvement in positive actions in the areas covered by the SDGs. Students are finding these livedthrough anecdotes truly inspiring.” Through Sustainable Stamford, students will discover ways to incorporate habits of sustainability into the school’s daily routine – and they will be inspired to take action at home and in their local community. “Sustainable Stamford will serve to educate both students and parents,” Linda concludes. “And we are proving that a STEMinn approach to education is the way forward, not least because it empowers our students to think of themselves as changemakers.”

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Butcher and founder of Farmer’s Market Emma Pike advises on choosing the best meat for your family


hoosing healthy meat for our families is crucial, but when faced with a myriad of labelling jargon, how can we be sure that we are making the best decisions? Buying cuts of meat that are tasty and free of both hormones and antibiotics is not as easy as it sounds, but here are some tips to make things simple.


Know where your meat comes from. Not all meat is equal, so knowing where it is sourced can help you to understand more about the quality. Animals raised on clean pastures, with access to plentiful, fresh water and farmed in a natural way, produce meat that tastes better and is far healthier than industrially farmed alternatives.

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Choose meat that is hormoneand antibiotic-free. Intensively farmed animals require antibiotics to keep them free of diseases and are often given growth hormones to speed up their growth rates. These then transfer into the meat and are ultimately consumed by us! Sourcing meat that is naturally farmed, and antibiotic- and hormone-free ensures that your family is eating the healthiest meat possible. It’s important to look for meat that is naturally farmed and ideally 100% grass fed, as well as labelled as hormone- and antibiotic-free.


Understand the label jargon. Meat is graded to demonstrate quality. However, understanding the labels is not easy. For example, Farmer’s Market sells beef that is certified PRS, an Australian Standards’ grade

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for prime steer animals, which produce a full-flavour beef steak, with a good level of fat. The grade relates to the age of the animal, so you may also see labels such as YG, PR, SS and A Grade, which is the lowest and is usually what is offered in supermarkets. You may also see the Australian MSA grading scheme which is graded MSA 2 (which is a failure for export), MSA 3, 4 and 5, with MSA 5 being the highest grade. Most MSA meat that is a good standard for eating is graded 3, 4 or 5, so when choosing your cuts, make sure you check the grading.


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most and refers to the diet of the animals. If a label shows that the meat is from a 100% grassfed animal, that means that the animal has spent its entire life on grass, resulting in happy cows, with a lower fat content than grain-fed animals. Animals fed on grain have fattier meat, which is sometimes more tender, but definitely not as tasty. However, just because a label says ‘grass fed’ does not mean the animal has been only grass fed. Many animals are also fed grain to fatten them up. Farmer’s Market offers only 100% grass-fed meat products, and works closely with farmers who share the same views on natural farming methods.

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Checking out the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, Jennifer Atepolikhine makes it from DB to Zhuhai and back in just under four hours


ith all the talk of Hong Kong being invaded by its northern neighbours due to the opening of ‘The Bridge,’ I decided to return the compliment and make the crossing to Zhuhai. The journey was the draw for me rather than the destination – I simply wanted to check out the Hong Kong-ZhuhaiMacau Bridge (HZMB).


The six-lane HZMB was completed on February 6, 2018, and officially opened to the public on October 24 that same year. In case you’ve missed the hype, it connects Chek Lap Kok with Zhuhai in Guangdong province and then Macau, furthering the government’s goal of closer economic integration in the region. Having watched the bridge come up since December 2009 and

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appreciating that it cost a whopping 126.9 billion yuan (HK$148 billion) to build, I couldn’t wait to see (and experience) it in all its glory. All hail HZMB Before I walk you through the logistics of my trip, here’s a brief introduction to the bridge itself. At 42-kilometres long, the HZMB is

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made up of a series of three cablestayed bridges, an undersea tunnel and four artificial islands. It’s both the longest sea crossing and the longest fixed link on earth. If you include the Zhuhai Link Road in its length, it spans 55 kilometres, making it 20 times longer than San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. While the lifespan of most major

cross-sea bridges is 100 years, the HZMB has been designed to last 120 years. It contains enough steel to build 60 Eiffel Towers and it’s already proved its mettle – it had no trouble withstanding Typhoon Mangkhut’s 285 kilometre/ hour winds last September. For those making the crossing, the views are spectacular from the

get-go. As you set off, the bridge winds around the airport runways. It then hugs the rugged Lantau coastline north of Tai O, before heading out and over the South China Sea. I’ve driven across many iconic bridges over the years, but what’s thrilling about the HZMB is that as you set out, you can’t see April 2019


ESCAPES your destination. You can’t see where you’ll land. With water views extending past the horizon, it’s as if you are sailing across the sea. This impression is enhanced by the way the bridge has been designed to curve, snake-like, across the water rather than cut to its destination in a straight line. Tasked with creating a uniquely beautiful bridge, while addressing any number of engineering challenges and environmental concerns, HZMB designer Arup has ensured that the towers above the three cable-stayed bridges make a big impression. Built to resemble, by turns, dolphins, Chinese knots and a boat’s mast, the towers make an impact whether viewed from road, sea or air. Crossing the HZMB, only the occasional signboard impedes the glorious sea views, and you are lulled into a deep sense of relaxation as you ‘sail’ along. The shipping lanes are busy but there are very few vehicles – I saw less than 20 on the 40-minute journey.

It’s a 24-hour service, departing every five minutes (peak period), every 10 to 15 minutes (nonpeak) and every 15 to 30 minutes overnight. You can purchase tickets at the departure hall as I did, or online. The fare is minimal – a single ticket costs HK$65 during the day, HK$70 at night, and half that for children aged under 12, people with disabilities and senior citizens. Once past immigration (note that if you’re headed for Zhuhai, you need a China entry visa even if you have a Hong Kong Identity Card), you exit for either Zhuhai or Macau, and queue up for your bus.

– you’ll never have to stand in the aisle in an overcrowded bus. Once through immigration at HZMB Zhuhai Port, you jump on an allelectric shuttle bus (L1) which takes you to the heart of Zhuhai in just 15 minutes. Or you turn around and head straight home as I did. I’ll cross the HZMB again. Like Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Life is a journey, not a destination.”

Making the crossing mid-week, I was practically the only nonChinese passport holder on board. Efficient, clean and hassle-free is how I’d describe the trip, words not often used in conjunction with public transportation on the mainland. While inside the bus, everyone must stay seated and belted up

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The road trip I love a good road trip especially if someone else is driving, and getting to Zhuhai by bus is a breeze, especially from Discovery Bay. First, you need to make your way to the HZMB Hong Kong Port at the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities. It’s a cavernous, ultramodern building, with a stunning design motif of undulating waves, and it sits on reclaimed land right by Hong Kong International Airport. Both the B5 from Sunny Bay MTR station and the B6 from Tung Chung take you straight to the Passenger Clearance Building. The Cross-boundary Public Transport Services shuttle buses run between either Hong Kong and Zhuhai or Hong Kong and Macau.

DB to Zhuhai and back by bus • 1.20pm: DB03R from DB to Sunny Bay • 1.56pm B5 bus from Sunny Bay MTR • 2.10pm: Arrive HZMB Hong Kong Port • 2.25pm: Depart HZMB Hong Kong Port • 3.10pm: Arrive HZMB Zhuhai Port • 3.20pm: Depart HZMB Zhuhai Port • 4.00pm: Arrive HZMB Hong Kong Port • 4.10pm: B6 to Tung Chung Station • 4.35pm DB01R to DB Plaza • 5.00pm: Home for supper Cost of the roundtrip: HK$163.30

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

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FTC Apparel

2428 2566 FOOD, RES TAUR A N T S & BA RS

A Tavola Bar & Grill Airport Izakaya Andante Café Aficionado China Coast Bar & Grill Curry Lounge Dosirak House Essence Restaurant - Novotel Citygate Federal Palace Restaurant Kimos Mansarover Indian Cuisine McDonald’s Delivery Melody Thai Mint and Basil Moccato Coffee Shop My Thai Olea Restaurant - Novotel Citygate PizzaExpress Pizza Hut Delivery Regala Café & Dessert Bar Resto Restaurant Rouge - Regal Airport Hotel Skycity Bistro Tung Chung Pizza

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Bahce - Turkish Restaurant Café Bar Bathers Caffe Paradiso (Tom’s Café) Cafe Isara China Bear Deer Horn Restaurant & Bar Kebab Korner La Pizzeria Lantana Italian Bistro Le Jardin de Sophie Long Island Mucho Gusto Robert’s Market Stoep @ High Tide Restaurant The China Beach Club The Gallery The Kitchen The Water Buffalo Treasure Island Restaurant FI T NESS, SP OR T S & W EL L BEING

Pause by the Banyan South Lantau Paddle Club Thai Palin Massage Thai Sa Baai Treasure Island Group

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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 Rainbow Voice and Soundhealing


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Akash Removals Mega Power Engineering/Locksmiths Shun Yu Engineering

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

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L E A RNING CEN T RES 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 Tung Chung Catholic School (Yat Tung) YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College

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

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

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Mui Wo Inn Silvermine Beach Resort Tai O Heritage Hotel

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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 Mui Wo Language Cafe

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

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Friendly Bike Shop Greenstyle Organic & Healthcare INSIDE Island Wines Lantau Base Camp Lantau Grocer Quay House Red Hall Chinese Antiques Tony’s Salon Value Vigilantes VIBE Book & Music Shop ZenvarA

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Jumping Castles SPCA Miriam Safadi Photography Parteezi Phoenix Wills

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

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

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

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CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES Action X, North Plaza Nomadic

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



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Peony Chinese Restaurant PizzaExpress Solera Starbucks DB North Plaza Subway The Pier Bar Three Sheet Marquee Bar TigerLily Uncle Russ, North Plaza Zak’s

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HOME d-clutter DRS Company Good Luck Engineering Hoi Yu Transportation Hung Kee Co Japan Home Centre May’s furniture & curtain design Rapee-living Rich Point Hardware Materials Tai Fat Hardware Store Wing On Department Store Yours Electrical Centre

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Future Stars Dance Academy

Parsons White Wealth Management Partner Practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management. An expert financial service of distinct quality, integrity & excellence at DB North Plaza. Contact 2433 6981, 5664 7614,

The Stephen Putnam Practice Private Client Wealth Management. Contact 2914 0388,

Dance classes based on the ISTD requirements conducted in a fun, disciplined & safe environment. Contact, Futurestars Dance Academy Hong Kong Facebook page, Instagram: @futurestarsHk

Island Dance ISTD Freestyle, ISTD Hip Hop, RAD Ballet, tap & Bollywood classes at DBRC, Club Siena & DB Plaza. Five professional instructors, teaching six days a week. Contact 2987 1571, 9159 0663,,

Woodentots is a Montessori playgroup providing a caring & nurturing environment in DB Plaza. Run by a qualified Montessori teacher for children aged 18 months to 6 years. Contact 6108 9131,

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 Academy, North Plaza Discovery Montessori School, North Plaza DMR School of Ballet Dr. Bear Education Centre Early Adventures Playgroup Epic Adventurers Eye Level Education Learning Centre Funfit HK International Learning Academy, North Plaza Kumon, North Plaza La Petite Enfance Kindergarten L’Ecole Pierre et Marie Curie Education centre Les Petits Pois Links Parenting, North Plaza Little Explorers English For Kids Mandarin for Munchkins, North Plaza Mathemagic – home tutoring Mathnasium SKH Wei Lun Primary School Treasure House Zhi Zhi Chinese

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MULTIMEDIA Bookazine Fotomax (F.E.) Ltd

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PapyrusEDU Bank of China HSBC

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FOOD & BEVERAGE, HOTELS 22º North Auberge Discovery Bay (Hotel), North Plaza Café Bord de Mer & Lounge, North Plaza Caffe Pascucci Cali-Mex, North Plaza Coyote Mexican Cantina Ebeneezer’s Epic Foods, North Plaza Figos Seaside Café First Korean Restaurant Gilmore’s by the Golden Pig Hemingway’s il Bel Paese Island Café Koh Tomyums La Creation & Châteraisé McSorley’s Ale House Mirch Masala, North Plaza Moofish, North Plaza Pacific Coffee Paisano’s, North Plaza


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A family-friendly centre offering 3D Modelling & Printing, LEGO Education After School, Junior Food Art. Lifestyle morning programmes: Decoupage, Porcelart, Food Artist. Contact 6360 1715,,

The Beat Dance & Fitness Studio BODYPUMP, BODYBALANCE, GRIT, BODYSTEP & Zumba (fitness, toning & kids). Piloxing, yoga & Pilates, plus Latin, Irish, belly & wedding dance. Classes for adults & children, & personal training. Contact 5194 9630,,

Harvey Law Group International law firm offering a wide range of commercial & personal legal services. Meeting facilities available in DB. Contact 2416 8618,, DB Party Time Gillian florist, North Plaza P-Solution Pen’n Paper The Optical House Well Supreme Laundry Services

Tree of Joy A fun, engaging & supportive environment in which children play & learn. Programmes include drop-off nursery class, parent-toddler class, afternoon camp & a cooking class Contact 9787 2755,,

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PETS Kristy’s Paradise - Cat Sitter in Discovery Bay Mypetshop, North Plaza Pets Gallery Ready, Pet, Go!

PROPERTY LISTINGS & BOATS EPS Property Consultants Headland Homes Kingsland DB Land Master Property OKAY.COM

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UTILITIES, SERVICES & EMERGENCY HOTLINES 24-hour Customer Service Hotline China Light & Power Emergency China Light & Power Information Line Discovery Bay Commercial Services Discovery Bay Fire & Ambulance Discovery Bay Lost & Found 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

HK Dragons Football Club Football for girls & boys aged 2.5 years to 14 years. Contact 2987 4274,

Tekkerz Football programmes for boys and girls for age groups U5 up to U14. Contact 9770 4548,,

Action X, North Plaza Club Siena DBees Ice Hockey DB Pirates Rugby, Netball, Hockey & Dragonboat Discovery Bay Marina Club Discovery Bay Golf Club Discovery Bay Recreation Club Embody EpicLand FIT 852 Greenwich Yoga School Kapuhala Train-in-Space MAS FIT MGK Fight Club Nutrition and Fitness with Emilie YogaBay YogaUp

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TOYS & KIDS’ PARTIES Bo Bo House Toysland

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Bay Spa

ay Spa


Massage, facials & nail services in DB Plaza. Contact 9837 0969 (Tel/ WhatsApp)

DB Pure Spa Beauty begins within. Open 9am to 9pm at DB Plaza, for ladies only. Body massages available for HK$198 and up. Contact 9794 0918, DB Pure Spa Facebook page

Elly House of Beauty 2987 4230 2987 7859

TRANSPORT SERVICES DB Golf Cart Services DB Transportation Services Limousine Rental Passenger Telephone Hotline Wiselink Golf Cart Services

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To add your own directory listing box, call the Bay Media office on 2987 0577, or email

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Highly skilled skincare specialist committed to providing the most effective skincare services to the DB community. Also postnatal abdominal binding & jamu massage. Contact 6131 9039, Elly House of Beauty Facebook Page,

Ingredients of Wellness Mindfulness training for children, teens and their parents and teachers. Offering Mindfulness Matters!, Mindfulness in Education (for adults), AMT Mindfulness Teacher Training. Contact 9048 5425,,

Nail Spa: 2987 2266

Afflatus Hair Workshop, North Plaza Elly House of Beauty Freedas Maximum Care Nest Care, North Plaza Salon De Coiffure

Massage: 2988 1111

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CATTLE CLASS 21st century flying: It’s terminally insane, says Peter Sherwood


’ve promised myself to fly only if I’m led out of town in handcuffs. There is nothing charitable to be said about flying. I’ll qualify this obvious truth: The only thing worse is the budget version, and the only experience to surpass that is to be stuffed into a suitcase and spend the day on a baggage carousel at Rome’s terminally broken terminal. Flying is the cheapest thing we can do outside of leaping off a cliff into oblivion, a process potentially more rewarding.

Photo by Sourav Mishra -

In Europe, Ryanair was the first to introduce the ‘stack ‘em high and sell ‘em cheap’ bargain-basement shopping philosophy into the airline business. It’s a win-win for airline crew. They get to insult and humiliate passengers, who accept all the aggravation as payback for their cheap seats.


Airport designers have constructed vast retail temples, where an hour of spare time magically excites the pallet and stimulates a primitive urge to procure a range of tasteless goods… and where the price of a stale ham sandwich and a bottle of Bulgarian bottled water means selling your children into

A false economy – you’re better off staying at home

slavery. Extreme hunger and thirst kick in. It’s as if everyone is of a hypoglycemic disposition, or has just run the ultramarathon in Death Valley. Travel no longer broadens the mind, if it ever did. It broadens the backside. And if an opportunity for self discovery is on your bucket list, then let me help you – you are meat; a number, and with all that ugly mountain of baggage, you are a burden on the bottom line of commercial carriers. Unwritten laws govern the pathetic peregrination called air travel. Here’s a couple: 1. We must leave the plane with the crushing intensity of an obstinacy of buffalo (what a wonderful collective noun). 2. Passengers seated in the front half of the plane enjoy an inalienable right

to block the aisle and leave first. This despite having ordinary seats like everyone else and failing to notice that the placement of seating does not constitute a queue. Here’s a tip: take a train. A recent budget flight in Spain via Barcelona took us 10 hours shower to shower. The train would have got us there in nine hours and cost 20% less. If you take the train, you don’t need to get up in the dark and fork out a few hundred for a cab to the airport. There’s no checking for exploding shoes, no series of infantile announcements en route, and no perfunctory pleasantries to be exchanged with the crew on arrival. And no need to genuflect to the pilot who got you there. Better yet, nice here.



Peter Sherwood has lived in DB for 20 years. The former head of an international public relations firm, Peter is the author of 15 books and has written around 400 satirical columns for the South China Morning Post.

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