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What really goes on in kindergarten class

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A fond farewell to Jacqui Green of PALS Sizzling summer fun in Singapore

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CONTENTS August 2018

PROFILE Jacqui Green of PALS






Choosing a kindergarten for your child

Staying healthy in the heat

30 ESCAPES Fun for kids in Singapore


Why you need international medical insurance

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GIVEAWAYS Win big prizes


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Island Dance held its biggest annual event, the three-day end-of-year show, over the weekend of June 22 at the Y-Theatre, Chai Wan. The goal was to give every student, aged three and up, a chance to dance on stage. Each dancer received a custom-made costume and had their make-up done by a professional make-up artist.

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at your home from 2pm to 4pm, or bring them to the Environmental Toy House collection bins at Brilliance Court, Costa Court and Midvale bus stop. WhatsApp Nikki Boot at 9677 6676. August 4, 11, 18 & 25 yogabay.hk


TO ADOPT A PET through Hong Kong Paws Foundation (PAWS), call Kat Cheung on 9485 5188 or head to an Adoption Day in DB Plaza.

Yoga Bay, DB North Plaza Yoga Bay offers free yoga classes for helpers every Sunday morning, from 7am to 8am. Dedicated teachers offer their time to share their passion for yoga as they guide the students through the practice. To register for a class, visit yogabay.hk.


August 4

STOCK UP AT THE PLANT MARKETacross from Haven Court, 2pm to 4.45pm. For more information, call 2238 3617. August 12


in DB Plaza from 11am to 6pm.


At Dolphin Quest on September 8, Lantau Boat Club Paddle Section brings together Hong Kong’s seven paddling clubs to make the 72-kilometre round trip of Lantau in six-person outrigger canoes. This year, the club has partnered with Jonny Haines and Tim Tait of The Lantau Island Paddle (the DBIS teachers who paddle-boarded around Lantau in February) to run a joint Dolphin Quest Eco-Education and Adventure Junk alongside the main event. To win a place on the junk, head to lantaupaddle.wixsite.com/lantaupaddle/dolphin-quest. www.arounddb.com August 2018



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LANTAU LIZARDS MATCHES Discovery College & DB North pitches Support DB-based Australian Rules Football club Lantau Lizards at its interclub football matches involving juniors aged five to 15. The Lizards are playing against the Kowloon Cobras on August 18, and the Sandy Bay Scorpions on August 25. To get in touch, email Rebecca Williams at lantaulizardsfc@gmail.com.

August 18 & 25

Seas and DB Green, at Sam Pak Wan, from 9am to 11am. Visit the DB Green Facebook page


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August 25 The Lantau Boat Club (LBC) Paddle Section is inviting you to experience paddling in outrigger canoes, with all equipment provided. Have a paddle and then listen as coaches and members share their experiences of both social and competitive racing. No prior paddling experience is needed to join www.lantauboatclub.com the open day, which starts at 9am. Email paddling-guest@lantauboatclub.com.


Kids, aged four to August 26 12, get to enjoy a day of fun and games at the indoor pool from 2pm to 5pm. Tickets are on sale at the club – HK$110 for members and HK$190 for guests. The event ends with a prizegiving www.dbrc.hk presentation and each child can expect a free ice cream. To get in touch, call 2987 7382 or email dbrc-enquiries@dbrc.hk.


JOIN A BEACH CLEANUP organised by Plastic Free

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In her bid to raise funds for childhood cancer research, Gaylene Meeson is shaving her head for the sixth time on September 28, alongside 100 others. Over the past five years, Hannah's Photo courtesy of Gaylene Meeson Heroes has provided St Baldrick’s Foundation with over US$1.6M for cancer research. Gaylene’s daughter Hannah is a cancer survivor and she attends Hong Kong International Learning Academy here in DB part time. To make a donation and help kids fighting cancer, visit www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/984505/2018.


Discovery Bay International School The Back to School Fair, running from 9am to 1pm, features many of DB’s top businesses and education providers. Residents can check out over 30 local sports, education, arts, social and health organisations all in one place. To know more about the event, contact Kim Whiley at kimwhiley@tamcoholdings.com.

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Premier sports club DB Pirates invites you to enrol for an action-packed year of rugby, hockey, netball and dragon boating. Kids over four years, teens, men and ladies are all welcome to join. www.colsimphotography.com To know more and enjoy a trial session, visit www.dbpirates.com.






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Discovery Bay International Community Church welcomes Pastor Danny Cullins, his wife Laura and their three children. On August 19, Pastor Danny is starting a new series of sermons, Pray This Way, to explore the depth and power of the Lord’s Prayer. Discovery Bay International Community Church meets at 10am every Sunday at the Discovery College auditorium. For more information, visit www.dbicc.org.

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Sea View Cafe, a traditional Chinese diner, is now open at the Tung Chung Ferry Pier. Offering a variety of daily specials and regular favourites, items on the menu include curries, fried noodles and noodle soup. You can hire out Sea View Cafe for catered private functions; it's a great space with exceptional views. Open daily, except for Sundays and public holidays, call 6972 2338/ 6702 0669.



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Exploring the stories of Hong Kong’s migrant workers, The Helper is now available for international purchase on DVD and BluRay, on VOD and iVOD platforms and on iTunes. The documentary uncovers the inspiring combination of grit, pride and determination that drives our helpers to care for our children in order to secure a better future for their own. DB’s Unsung Heroes choir is featured. For more information, visit helperdocumentary.com.

Members of the DBIS Harry Wright swim squad took part in the 42 Mantas Invitational Meet at the Hong Kong Sport Institute on June 16 and 17. Many swimmers beat their personal best times, placed in the top eight, qualified as Hong Kong age-group champs and qualified for the upcoming Queensland State Championships in Brisbane. Coach Marvin Johnson says, “There has been a huge amount of progress throughout the season. It was great to see the passion, determination and personal growth of these swimmers.”

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Your home-away-from-home in

Hua Hin


hailand’s real-estate market is one of Asia’s most popular for foreign investors. And it’s easy to see why. The first thing you need to know is that investing in Thai real estate is low risk. “Thailand has strong property ownership laws (at least compared to most other places in the region) and a secure, computerised title system, so you shouldn’t have any issues with the government,” opens Pacharaporn Nakapan director of Lotus Villas & Resort, Hua Hin.

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“The process is also straightforward. You can get a one-year investment visa, renewable indefinitely.


“The market has proven stable over the past decade or so,” Pacharaporn adds. “The Thai Baht has proven to be one of Asia’s most stable currencies, fluctuating less than even the Singapore Dollar or Japanese Yen over the past decade. Thailand property, along

international airport. Leading global hotel chains, such as Marriott, Intercontinental, Hyatt and Hilton, have a presence in the city. And it’s one of Thailand’s top spa destinations thanks to awardwinning health and beauty spas like Chiva-Som and The Barai. with its currency and economy, has a low tendency to crash.” Why Hua Hin is hot You’ll have heard talk of people investing in Pattaya and Phuket, but Hua Hin is likely the better bet. It’s a lot less overbuilt, and it will probably stay that way since it’s ‘protected’ by the Thai royal family, who have a palace there. But most importantly, the so-called Royal City is also a lot better fed by local demand. “It’s really popular with the Thai high society. The wealthy locals, most of whom live in nearby Bangkok, love having weekend homes in Hua Hin,” says Pacharaporn. “They’re far less likely to invest in Phuket, which is too far away, or Pattaya, which is too rambunctious.” Hua Hin’s sustainability and growth potential makes it a choice holiday destination, as does its

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A celebrated golfing mecca, Hua Hin boasts 11 golf courses, all within 24 kilometres of the city. It was named Golf Destination of the Year in Asia/ Australasia at the International Association of Golf Tourism Operators’ annual convention in 2014. At the high end of Thai tourism, Hua Hin is known to be safe and

reasonably priced. There is an abundance of leisure activities, restaurants, shopping malls, night markets, cinemas and other entertainment outlets. It’s also a world-class city in terms of the health and education facilities on offer.

Investors can rely on a guaranteed investment yield of 6% for five years, plus four weeks of personal use annually and five years of free management Lotus Villas & Resort If you’re considering investing in Hua Hin real estate, look no further than Lotus Villas & Resort, Hua Hin, a unique compound in the western hills, just 5 kilometres from the city and the glorious white sand beach. “What we have is space,” says Pacharaporn. “Privacy and luxury are our goals. We also deliver an outstanding level of care and return on investment to owners. In every property we manage, these engaging interactions are created by our people, a team who delivers incomparable levels of quality service.” Investors can rely on a guaranteed investment yield of 6% for five years, plus four weeks of personal use annually and five years of free management under a renewable contract. “Whether your unit is rented or not, we guarantee to pay 6% of the amount of your investment to you annually,” says Pacharaporn. The idyllic looking Lotus compound includes a fourstar boutique resort, plus 10 different types of residential property arranged across four developments. “Take your pick from The Prestige, The Park, The Villas and The Penthouses,” says Pacharaporn. “Lotus is a dream you can afford.”

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At The Prestige, the jewel in the development’s crown, the twostorey villas offer the ultimate investment and living opportunity. They are designed to maximise the return on investment as well as the comforts of living at a resort. All villas face the lake side of the project.

Mirage at The Park is a modern two-storey villa specially designed to serve either as an investment or residential property. Ideal for families, it prioritises function and comfort. Mirage is as gorgeous, mysterious and lively as its namesake.

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Oasis III at The Villas is specially designed to serve either as an investment or residential property. Ideal for families, it prioritises function and comfort. Oasis III is beautifully designed throughout with eclectic accents and every home comfort.

The Penthouses are uniquely designed to serve either as investment or residential properties. Each two-storey unit has a small private garden and direct access to a large, shared swimming pool. They are tastefully outfitted with comfort prioritised.

Lotus Villas & Resort invites you to its Intermediary Open House Presentation Event at Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong on August 25 from 9am to 5pm. Gifts and discounts will be on offer, and refreshments served throughout the day. • 9am Registration • 11am Speech by ACTA Law Firm (Hua Hin) • 11.30am Project Presentation • 2pm Speech by ACTA Law Firm (Hua Hin) • 2.30pm Project Presentation Numbers are limited. To find out more or book your spot, call Natalie Leslie of Homes R US on 2662 1878/ 9197 0235, or visit www.lotusvillashuahin.com.

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With successes in both the league and the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens, Discovery Bay Football Club (DBFC) is riding high. Legal League team manager Gary Rollinson tells us more about the club

BFC is one of the longest-running sports clubs in DB. When did things kick off? It all began in 1991, when DB resident Andy Brooks started organising friendly 11-a-side games under the banner of Discovery Bay. This continued from 1995 under the watch of fellow DBer Mike Collier until Robin Armstrong, also a DB resident, took charge in 2007. Robin then started to organise regular midweek evening and weekend 7-a-side games and tournaments in DB.

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How has the club evolved over the years? In 2008, Robin formed a 7-a-side veterans touring team to play in the 2009 Manila International Soccer Sevens. The team was called Discovery Bay Rowdies, and they went on to win the tournament. This success led to an invitation from Hong Kong Football Club to participate in the prestigious Hong Kong tournament, and that was when the DBFC name was used for the first time.

Since then, the club has expanded to comprise over 80 members across three teams – the Legal League team (age 16+), who play in the First Division, the Veterans (age 35+), who play in the Legends League, and the Seniors (age 45+), who focus on social games. The team comprises talented players from across DB and Hong Kong. How has the network grown? DB residents are the backbone of our club, with local people from all walks of life acting as managers and/ or players. However, with the club’s growth came the need for a larger pool of players, so the network has now stretched to other parts of Hong Kong. This is important due to the transient nature of expat life. You’ve enjoyed a number of fantastic successes recently. How has that boosted the club? The 2017/ 18 season saw the Legal League team fall just short of retaining the League and Cup


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titles, however the Veterans had a very strong team that succeeded in winning the Legends League title for the first time – a fantastic achievement and just reward for all the hard work put in throughout the season. We’ve also been boosted by our 2018 HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens performance in May, when we won the Masters Cup. Comprising a mix of regular DBFC players and experienced ex-professional players, the team, managed by DBer Tim Bredbury, put in an incredible performance, winning convincingly without conceding a single goal. The Sevens squad was obviously ecstatic, but the joy was shared throughout the DBFC family, with messages of congratulations coming in from all over the world. What community initiatives does DBFC get involved with? The club has been involved in a number of community games, including a 7-a-side tournament held in memory of Robin, who sadly passed away last year. The winning team was awarded the Robin Armstrong Memorial Cup, and we are hoping to make this an annual competition going forward. How can DBers get involved? DBFC is always looking for people to get involved, whether to play for, manage or support one of the teams. Anyone aged from 15 to 115 with a passion for football is welcome to get in touch via our website at www.discoverybayfc.com.

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HERE’S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN PRIZES! Around DB prizes are incredibly easy to get your hands on, and you have until the 10th of the month to apply. Simply scan the barcode, or go to www.arounddb.com/giveaways, select the giveaway you want, and enter your details into the online form.

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Lunchbox Theatrical Productions is offering three readers a pair of tickets to see Beyond the Barricade (worth HK$695 each) at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wanchai on September 4 at 7.45pm.

Brought to life by former Les Misérables cast members, Beyond the Barricade features top hits from all-time favourite musicals like The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Evita, Mamma Mia and The Lion King. The two-hour show first wowed local audiences in 2015 and since then new songs have been introduced from the latest Broadway and West End sensation Hamilton and the upcoming West End production Chess. For tickets, starting at HK$395, visit www.hkticketing.com.

Win tickets to Potted Potter Lunchbox Theatrical Productions is offering two readers three tickets to see Potted Potter (worth HK$595 each) at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wanchai on September 11 at 7.45pm. Taking on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter www.pottedpotter.com books, Potted Potter is back by magical demand. The fantastically funny show includes all of J.K. Rowlings’ best loved (and most feared) characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, brilliant songs and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic. For tickets, starting at HK$395, visit www.hkticketing.com.

Win a place at Harry Wright International’s Learn to Swim Programme

Harry Wright International is offering one reader a place at its Term 1 Learn to Swim Programme (worth up to HK$4,590) harrywright.com.hk at Discovery Bay International School, running from August 20 to December 14. Established in 1975, Harry Wright International is the premier swim school in Hong Kong. All lessons are provided by professional swimming instructors and coaches. At Harry Wright’s Learn to Swim Programme, children learn to swim in a safe, positive and structured environment. They are divided by ability level to ensure they see progression. For more information, email swimming@harrywright.com.hk or visit harrywright.com.hk.

Win six Les Mills classes at The Beat Dance & Fitness Studio The Beat Dance & Fitness Studio is offering one reader six Les Mills BODYPUMP, GRIT, BODYBALANCE and BODYSTEP classes (worth HK$1,080). The Beat Dance & Fitness Studio is a one-stop, premium-style studio in DB Plaza that offers www.thebeat.com.hk dance and fitness classes for adults and children. Classes include Latin, Irish and belly dance, Zumba, Piloxing, yoga and Pilates. Les Mills workouts – choreographed exercise-to-music group fitness classes – are now on offer too. For more information, call 5194 9630 or visit www.thebeat.com.hk.

Congratulations to last month’s winners Glenn Hodgson for a place at DB Self Defence’s Krav Maga Junior Self

Defence Programme; Leslie Tomlinson for a place at Kapuhala Train-In-Space’s summer programme; and Kimmy Tang for a gift hamper from The South African Shop.


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Jacqui Green at home in Mui Wo

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The long goodbye Lantau legend Jacqui Green is going home to the UK, and leaving a gaping hole in animal rescue when she does. Elizabeth Kerr reports


acqui Green barely had the patience to hide what she was really thinking when it was in her and animal rescue organisation Protection of Animals Lantau South’s (PALS) best interest. Now, as Jacqui prepares to return to her native UK for good, she has none. “Nothing is private in social media,” she mentions of a ‘private’ message a niece posted on Facebook a few weeks back. “If I can see this stuff, so anyone can. I’ve got Facebook because of PALS, but… there’s a big message that says contact me on WhatsApp. Not a week goes by I don’t get a message about how someone sent me a Facebook message. What part of ‘don’t message me here’ do people not understand?” Jacqui gives her tousled silver head a shake and rolls her eyes. She sounds like a crank – the neighbourhood curmudgeon. It would be easy to make jokes about her standing at her front door with a rifle shouting at the kids to get off her lawn, but that would be a disservice to the nearly 40-year Hong Kong resident who landed here on an adventure in 1979 and went on to set the standard for animal rescue on Lantau. Closing the book It’s a dull, rainy morning when Jacqui sits down at a corner table in a DB eatery and orders a pot of tea, which she promptly loads up with brown sugar. She’s getting ready for a short, penultimate jaunt

back to the UK to check on the state of her house renovations.

more than just picking up strays and spaying them.

“Yes, I am leaving for good,” she declares with a combination of wistfulness and relief. “I’ve seen the writing on the wall as far as Lantau is concerned. There’s a big difference in the Hong Kong civil service and in civil servants – the lack of initiative is distressing, the contracting out. We can’t even get rubbish picked up. It’s a small thing. But when you add all those small things up, it feels like one step forward two steps back.”

“To run PALS, you’d have to live in South Lantau, and ideally you don’t work. It’s very hands on – trapping and fostering and so on. I’m finding the physical side of it very hard now, and I can’t do it the way I could years ago. I’ve got 11 animals at my place, which is too many,” she laments. It may be a fulfilling job, but it’s not without its downside.

There are so many local dogs that need homes and they’re not getting them. And you can’t keep rescuing if they’re not going out

“It’s too stressful, too time consuming, too physically taxing. There’s a lot of politicking that goes on, and it’s true: You can’t please all the people all the time,” she comments, referring to her support of less popular, media-unfriendly animal welfare positions, like euthanasia. “People don’t understand about homing. Unless you want overcrowding and animals suffering, euthanasia is an alternative. It’s quite contentious. “Everyone is making a fuss about my leaving but no one seems to be stepping into the void,” she adds. Animal activism

What Jacqui sees as massive changes for the worse in the SAR have finally taken their toll, and she’s throwing in the towel. With it, unfortunately, goes PALS. The driving force behind PALS for the last 20 years, Jacqui isn’t passing on the mantle – there’s no one to pass it to. Essentially a onewoman show now, PALS is much

Again, Jacqui sounds bitter – but she’s not, and she’s had her share of victories. PALS was a crucial service 20 years ago when there were no other organisations on Lantau to pick up the abandoned and abused animal slack from the SPCA, but there are more groups chipping in now, notably Hong Kong PAWS Foundation (PAWS). 

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So, what kicked off Jacqui’s activism in the first place? “The animal rescue thing raised its head when I started living in Lantau full time some 20 years ago,” she says. “I’d see kittens in rubbish bins and puppies in paddy fields or cardboard boxes. Founding PALS wasn’t intentional; it just started in a very small way and escalated.” Aside from rescue and re-homing, Jacqui’s mission has been to put an end to the way unneutered, mistreated guard dogs are abandoned and left to proliferate at construction sites – like Disneyland and Ngong Ping. And there’s no doubt she’s made a legislative difference. PALS’ 2016 LegCo petition for more strident puppy and kitten mill laws (tougher regulations for breeders) was passed last March and came into effect last June. “So, the animal trading farm rules have been tightened up with regard to breeders,” she points out. It only applies to dogs currently, but it’s a start. Of course, without a wholesale shake-up of how people view pets, the law’s efficacy will be limited. Jacqui bristles at the very thought of animal returns: “PALS has quite a detailed questionnaire that tries

to prevent such an event but we are constantly being asked to ‘re-house’ pets that have come from other sources. The reasons are endless and not a single one surprises me anymore. I’m not the most tactful and I have gotten abuse [for calling out slack pet owners].” Jacqui also laments that so many of the people looking to home animals now want pedigrees. “It’s like we’re going backwards,” she says. “There are so many local dogs that need homes and they’re not getting them. And you can’t keep rescuing if they’re not going out.” A new chapter Lantau will miss Jacqui, there’ll be no more PALS Homing Days in DB Plaza, but she’s at peace with packing it all in. “I don’t think this is an old person’s place,” she reasons. Coming up on her 67th birthday, Jacqui’s earned the right to kick back. Ask if she’s going to restart her animal-rescue activities back in England and the question elicits a quick, “No.” Fight her on that by suggesting she’ll be bored and the response is a confident, “I’ve never been bored in my life.”

She’s going back to an old house currently under renovation, which means ongoing projects. The house comes with a big garden that Jacqui fully intends to play around in. “There’s plenty to do,” she scoffs. As Jacqui gathers herself to make a dash to the bus in the rain, she reflects on a lifetime in Hong Kong, and how she’s now more familiar with Asia than with Europe. She’s aware time moves in one direction, and though she’s quick with her clear-eyed criticism, Hong Kong has been home long enough to earn a bit of philosophising. “I wanted to finish [with PALS] two or three years ago, so I could have a bit of time to myself in Hong Kong. I wanted to revisit so many places in Asia – even though there are very few places I haven’t seen, and I know they’re totally different now,” she admits. In typical, unpretentious Jacqui fashion, she reaches into a plastic pharmacy bag instead of a wallet as she offers to pay the bill. It’s unclear if she’s talking about heading home to feed the animals she’s still fostering or the UK when she makes her last comment. “It’s time.”

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LIFE Talking to experts from ALC Health (Hong Kong), Baymac, Bupa Global and Clements Worldwide, Bruce Marsh gets turned on to the idea of private medical insurance


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avigating Hong Kong's healthcare system can be a headache and exhausting. The private sector offers numerous options and luxurious perks but comes at a very high price. The public sector, subsidised by the government, provides healthcare to Hongkongers (including Temporary Hong Kong Residents) at a very low cost. However, the public sector faces a number of growing problems, including overcrowding, long waiting lists and excessive bureaucracy.


With this in mind should we all be looking into private health insurance? And if the answer is yes, can we afford it? What will it cost you? As of 2017, Hong Kong again ranked as the second most costly country in the world for private medical insurance, after the US. Surprised? Well not really. As Harry Amende of ALC Health (Hong Kong) explains, “Hong Kong is an expensive place, costs can be expensive, so medical

insurance pricing has to take this into consideration.” In addition, the standard of healthcare in Hong Kong is very high, especially at the private facilities. “Higher medical costs come with higher insurance premiums,” notes Jonathan Quach of Bupa Global. Due to the large expatriate community, who prefer private care due to the personalised service and shorter wait times, the medical care cost per individual has risen, thereby increasing insurance premiums,” adds Daren Bayley-Hay, who at Baymac, specialises in providing customised insurance coverage to people in the aviation industry. Asked how much we are likely to pay for good coverage, Daniel Edmonds of Clements Worldwide says: “Each policy is based upon

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the unique requirements of the individual or family, however comprehensive plans can be purchased for as little as US$160/ month for individuals and US$400/ month for families. Group plans are often discounted.” “When it comes to cost, the key is flexibility and value,” Harry adds. “Valuable inpatient coverage with a high deductible can result in very affordable cover. A family of four could expect to pay between US$10,000 and US$15,000/ year for mid- to high-end cover. The cost is largely driven by a person’s age, the benefits chosen and the area of coverage.” Jonathan suggests that anyone looking to invest in a scheme focuses on packaged plans that include inpatient/ outpatient services and preventative benefits. “You should also check out the annual policy limits,” he says. “Consider too, geographic coverage (worldwide, including or excluding the US), coverage for other family members (does the package include maternity?),

SAVERS and whether you’d be covered for pre-existing, mental, hereditary, congenital and chronic conditions.” Why an international medical plan? For people who travel a lot and, of course, expats, all four experts recommend International Private Medical Insurance (IPMI), which provides comprehensive healthcare cover at home and away. IPMI covers a multitude of areas from medical emergency cover, to doctors’ visits, maternity care and the treatment of ongoing or chronic conditions. It can also cover non-medical costs such as transportation (to receive treatment) or repatriation. “If you are venturing abroad you can get the care familiar to you in a language you understand,” Jonathan says. “IPMI also offers many benefits in addition to hospital treatment. Services including dental, optical, physiotherapy and chiroprachty can be covered, which allows you to be proactive in managing smaller health issues before they become bigger problems.” Harry adds, “Your health is your most important asset and should anything catastrophic happen in terms of illness, accident or disease – the right health insurance plan can make a world of difference when it comes to treatment and recovery. And, of course, it gives you peace of mind.” Daren raises a critical potential issue for those without IPMI.

“Healthcare costs are one of the key contributors to financial ruin. People often spend their entire savings, and sell assets if necessary, to cover costs of medical expenses for their loved ones where there is insufficient healthcare cover when needed.” The DB demographic IPMI would certainly seem the way forward for many DBers of my acquaintance. “Pilots and people who travel all over the world need a truly international plan and therefore should look into a portable healthcare plan,” says Daren. “You may also want the option to choose the best possible care globally, which you may be unable to obtain on some local plans. Additionally, you may have family and/ or children overseas who will require the benefits afforded by an international medical plan. “Medical emergencies do not discriminate against age. Families must be prepared for multiple cover requirements, from child immunisation costs through to aged care,” Daren adds. “You can cover your whole family with an international medical plan, and children under the age of 10 are generally free.” Stressing the importance of getting insurance when you are young and healthy, Jonathan says, “It is impossible to predict when you will need care, and staying prepared is the best step you can take for yourself and your family. There are also a range of wellness

benefits and preventive treatments included in global health plans for those getting cover at a younger age. “Some plans allow children to be born into policy, which means they are covered right from birth,” Jonathan adds. “You will have the assurance that should your kids have any emergency medical conditions or develop any health issues later in life, they will always have the protection they need.” Speaking of which, what are the ins and outs of maternity cover? “In the private sector, a standard delivery without complications costs in the region of HK$70,000, rising to over HK$150,000 for an emergency C section,” Harry says. “The best policies can cover the cost of complications during pregnancy even if you choose not to cover routine maternity costs, or if you join the plan in the early stages of pregnancy.” The fine print Generally speaking, insurance plans can be tailored to fit specific needs but it’s important to consider the fine print and how the exclusions work. “Typical exclusions that sometimes people are not familiar with are coverage for accidents or illness as a result of self-inflicted injury, alcohol or substance abuse,” Harry explains. Limits can also vary across insurers, plans and coverage options. 

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“Most plans do cover outpatient care,” says Daniel. “Standard exclusions are cosmetic surgery, over-the-counter medication and experimental treatments.” It’s a sad fact that people often have to give up their medical insurance on turning 70, right when they are likely to need it, because the cost of cover increases so drastically. By reading the fine print can we avoid this eventuality?

them with medical insurance can also get caught out – they make the mistake of thinking this means they don’t need additional cover. “Companies, like individuals, are concerned with costs and as such often limit the cover provided to employees,” says Daniel. “Unfortunately, employees do not often read the fine print and discover when it is too late that a medical condition is not covered under their company-provided plan.”

“Premiums increase with age as it’s a cost reflection of the chance that you’ll have more health problems,” Jonathan says. “Look out for products with level premium after 60 and automatic renewal, or for plans that allow for relatively small increases with increase in age.”

Harry agrees saying, “Some insurance providers only offer treatment in Hong Kong or have very low limits for various conditions. A second health insurance could be used as a back-up for serious injury or illness where an existing plan could fall short.”

Daren elaborates, “Some group plans do offer continued cover after age 70 with small increases in individual premium based on the overall group premiums, and with no additional medical tests or medical underwriting required. Others will require annual medical checks and may increase the individual premium or exclude certain conditions based on test results.”

It’s also important to note that in the majority of cases corporate insurance is yours only for as long as you are employed by the company. “This may leave you with the need to seek individual


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insurance at an older age or in a time of need, by which time premiums may be higher or there may be exclusions for pre-existing sickness,” Jonathan says. “You can consider choosing a higher deductible or co-insurance when taking out a second insurance to reduce your premiums.” Last but not least, what’s the reality for people in high-risk jobs, for instance pilots – do they pay more for their coverage? “Careers can influence premiums simply due to the fact that everything we do on a daily basis affects our health in one way or another,” says Daniel. “However, in the case of pilots, even though their career is considered higher risk, they are required to have regular medical tests, which means they are a better risk from a medical insurance perspective.” My advice? Get yourself some medical insurance – don’t be a flight risk.

ALC Health (Hong Kong), www.alchealth.com/hongkong.htm Baymac, www.baymac.net Bupa Global, www.bupaglobal.com Clements Worldwide, www.clements.com

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This month, many DBers are leaving babyhood behind and heading to kindergarten. To find out what they can expect, Suveera Sharma zooms in on three local schools


f there is one thing that is most frequently repeated by parents of small children, it is ‘they grow up too fast.’ In a blink of an eye, they grow from endearing babies to delightful toddlers, and before we know it, it’s time for them to go to ‘big school’ or kindergarten. Educators tell us that the Early Years are the most critical in terms of a child’s brain development and

learning, which makes choosing a kindergarten a huge and often stressful challenge for parents. Fortunately, Discovery Bay boasts a wide range of kindergartens, with diverse curriculums and approaches. Let’s take a look at just three of the options: Discovery Mind Kindergarten (DMK) by DB Marina, Discovery Montessori School (DMS) in DB North Plaza

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and Discovery Bay International School (DBIS), which has an Early Years campus near DB Plaza. A global perspective A priority for parents globally, and perhaps particularly in a multicultural enclave like DB, is that their kids receive an internationally grounded education. And certainly, this is a priority at all three schools under consideration. Hannah Olsen

Eleanor Loran, head of Early Years at DBIS opens by saying, “Our mission is to provide an outstanding, holistic international education to students in an inclusive and nurturing learning environment. We seek to inspire and empower students to succeed in fulfilling their individual potential as global citizens in a rapidly changing world.” Michele Fernandes, head of school at DMK, is of a similar mind, saying, “Our vision at DMK is very simple – to inspire every child to discover the world with a global mind.” And again, at DMS, principal Gloria Law explains, “Our mission is to create and sustain a multicultural Montessori education experience. One that embraces diversity and allows each child to reach full potential by becoming an independent and self-motivated global citizen.” Parental involvement While there’s no doubt that parents want their children to develop independence at kindergarten, this doesn’t mean they want to take a backseat. Most want to be directly involved in their children’s education, and in the school community. Again, enabling this seems to be a priority at DBIS, DMK and DMS. “We pride ourselves on being a community school with strong links with the family. Parent involvement is encouraged and much appreciated,” DBIS reception year group leader Katie McGarey says. Says Michele, “DMK involves parents at every step of the way in their child’s educational journey and has a weekly newsletter, drop-in sessions and monthly parent workshops.” Over





Marsida Gostivari explains, “Parents play an active role in our school with conferences and regular meetings held throughout the year. We have presentations by parents from different professions, which are very impactful for the children.” Learning play


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What most parents are looking for from a kindergarten is a unique learning experience for their child with just the right mix of play and work. For this reason, when choosing a school, it’s important to consider the learning style and curriculum, plus the extracurricular activities on offer. “At DBIS, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, along with a very outdoors Scandinavian approach,” Eleanor explains. “Our teaching methods incorporate Beach Schools’ and Forest Schools’ learning techniques, where we take learning outdoors into nature. The students are exposed to dynamic and engaging experiences both inside and outside the classrooms.” At DBIS, extracurricular activities include music and dance, Zumba and creative arts. Child-initiated opportunities are balanced with adult-led activities. Equally at DMK, where international stream students follow an adapted version of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, the aim is to strike a balance between academics and play. “In our studies, we focus on language and communication, and maths and phonics amongst other things,” says Michele. “On the other hand, the children can also enjoy an indoor play area in their free break time.

“There are various extracurricular activities on offer at DMK like cooking, science, technology, engineering, music and dance. In addition, regular field trips are organised to enhance the children’s learning,” adds Michele. DMS, meanwhile, follows the Montessori philosophy, which is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. The idea is that children ‘learn by doing,’ work is more sensorial, and there is no homework. Gloria explains, “Music and dance is incorporated within the learning in the classroom. There are many extracurricular activities. We have yoga, physical education, arts and crafts to name a few. The children also get regular breaks and playtime in both our indoor and outdoor play areas.” Introducing Mandarin It is believed that children who are introduced to multiple languages at a young age have a much easier time processing and remembering the information they receive, and early exposure to language learning is something many parents prioritise. Not surprisingly, Mandarin is a core subject at these three DB kindergartens. As part of the DBIS curriculum 

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FAMILY MATTERS and play-based learning, children learn Mandarin twice weekly, in addition to communication and language, literacy and maths. Specialist teachers are provided in Mandarin, physical education, music and information communication technology. DMK offers two streams of study – bilingual and international. In the bilingual stream, students get increased exposure to Mandarin. Equal weight is given to both English and Mandarin, with a Mandarin-speaking teacher in the class at all times. Students in the international stream have twiceweekly Mandarin lessons. DMS offers a strong bilingual learning environment, where the children are constantly exposed to both Mandarin and English as a medium of communication. In every class there’s both an Englishspeaking Montessori teacher and a Mandarin teacher. The question of tech When choosing a kindergarten, something many parents struggle with is whether technology is important in Early Years education. Should children be exposed to it, and if so how much? From DBIS, the message comes back loud and clear – technology is used to assist with learning. “We use innovative pedagogy and technology to enrich our learning,” says Laura Clarke, acting year group leader. “Educational apps and green screens are used to make learning fun. Each child gets a lesson a week with a specialist information and communication technology teacher.” And at DMK? “We try and provide the best of facilities with smart boards in classes and laptops for the older children,” says Michele. DMS,






vehemently low-tech. School supervisor Dr Christie Leung says, “Technology is so attractive to children, it totally consumes them. Children with too much exposure to technology at a young age have less concentration spans and are used to overstimulation. We only introduce screens gradually after the age of five – we rely on sensory work to develop the brain.” Ultimately, which type of school fits the bill for your child and what choice you make will depend on your family

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dynamics and beliefs. Every child is different and what might be great for one child might not suit another. In the end, what really matters is that your child is happy and thriving, and experiences the joy of learning.

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Discovery Bay International School, www.dbis.edu.hk Discovery Mind Kindergarten, www.discoverymind.edu.hk Discovery Montessori School, www.childrenworks.net

Leaning towards ESF? ESF Tung Chung International Kindergarten is the newest kindergarten in the English Schools Foundation. Opened in August 2016, it is now an IB candidate school. “Our mission is to inspire creative, resilient and independent learners who connect with the world,” says Sandra Hite, head of school. “Our personalised programme is led by exceptional teachers working in partnership with parents.” Following the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, early literacy and numeracy are integral at ESF Tung Chung. “The learning environment is rich and engaging, and children are encouraged to learn through inquiry and hands-on experiences,” says Sandra. “Extracurricular activities include physical education, music and art.” The programme is conducted in English, with Mandarin taught by a native Chinese teacher who undertakes specialist sessions and reinforces the class teacher’s planning and activities in Chinese. “Many parents ask about our attitude to tech in the classroom,” Sandra says. “In ESF schools, children start their information technology learning journey in kindergarten. It’s important because it helps students learn key concepts in maths.” •

ESF Tung Chung International Kindergarten, www.tck.edu.hk

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The Wright stuff


household name across Hong Kong, Harry Wright International has been teaching the SAR’s kids to swim for over 40 years. Now, there are even more opportunities for DB and Lantau’s youngsters to learn swimming the ‘Wright’ way, with the addition of classes at Discovery Bay International School’s (DBIS) impressive rooftop pool. Open to everyone, classes are offered throughout the week at DBIS and cater for kids aged three right through to teenage. Experienced swim instructor Marvin Johnson explains more...

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Tell us about the swimming lessons at the DBIS pool. We’ve been teaching children from across Lantau at the DBIS pool for a year now. It’s a great location, because DBIS forms a big part of the community. It’s an outdoor pool, which the kids love, and it’s heated, so we can run lessons all year round. What classes does Harry Wright run at the DBIS pool? We teach a wide variety of ages and cater for all ability levels, from beginners all the way up to competitive squad swimming. We also offer a Swim for Fitness training group on Mondays and Fridays for teens swimmers who don’t want to take

part in competitions, but want to stay fit. Lessons take place after school hours, and there are classes throughout the week. How long have you been teaching swimming with Harry Wright? I’ve been coaching and teaching swimming with Harry Wright for nine years now. I’m originally from Cape Town in South Africa. I started swimming at a young age and competed throughout school. I also got involved in surf lifesaving and took part in many interprovincial and national competitions. I started swim coaching in 2004, and over the years I’ve coached many great swimmers, a number of whom have gone on to achieve national qualifying times and receive college scholarships. How does the Harry Wright method differ from schools you have taught at before? The Harry Wright coaching philosophy is to offer swimmers of all levels a structured swim programme that ensures progression. We focus on the fundamentals of each stroke and work on technique in order to provide a pathway that helps swimmers excel. We also try to make the lessons fun and engaging for the kids. As well as the traditional laps, at the end of each session we have a period of play time, with games such as diving for toys. The children really

love this part. They think they are just playing games, but in fact they are still learning valuable skills. What’s the most rewarding part of teaching children to swim? Personally, I love seeing swimmers I have taught improve and progress through the year. It’s wonderful to watch them show perseverance and determination to achieve their goals and master new skills. Apart from learning swimming skills, what other benefits do children gain from swimming lessons? Swimming lessons are great for building children’s confidence. They’re an opportunity to make new friends and learn how to interact with teachers and peers. Competitive swimmers also learn life lessons such as discipline, hard work, dedication and ownership. As a coach, that’s something really great to see.

FIND IT To find out more about swimming lessons at the DBIS pool, visit www.harrywright.com.hk, or head to the DBIS Back To School Fair on August 25, where coaches Marvin and Alex will be conducting free on-site assessments in the pool from 10.30am to 12.30pm. To secure your place for the autumn term, beginning August 18, register online at www.harrywright.com.hk/ appform/application.asp.

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The X Factor



A.C.T Worldwide

Banana Art Club

A.C.T Worldwide offers a drama-intensive extracurricular programme for kids aged eight to 12. The one-and-a-half-hour classes explore various drama-based activities and train students to speak confidently in front of others – whether during theatre productions, school presentations or speech festivals. Oneto-one public speaking and basic acting sessions are also available, as well as classes for adults.

Banana Art Club’s after-school classes are held on Tuesday afternoons for kids aged two-and-a-half and up. Students are given the opportunity to explore and develop their artistic creativity through a varied range of mediums, such as drawing, sketching, watercolour and canvas painting. Term starts on August 14.

DB North Plaza

Contact: www.actworldwide.org, info.actworldwide@gmail.com, 5996 0921 (WhatsApp).


Discovery College

Contact: www.bananaartclub.com, bananaartclub@gmail.com, 6020 5476.

Discovery Bay Recreation Club, Club Siena & DB Plaza Celebrating 25 years of turning passion into performance, Island Dance offers ISTD Freestyle, ISTD Hip Hop, RAD Ballet, tap and Bollywood classes six days a week. Island Dance also provides and organises dance workshops, birthday parties, flash mobs and camps throughout the year. Free trial classes are available on request.

Discovery Bay International School & across Hong Kong Formed in 1999, Faust nurtures local creative talent and brings the wonderful world of theatre, performing arts and creativity to children. Its weekly term-time drama workshops, held on Saturdays, for kids aged three to 18, provide a funfilled learning environment in which kids develop performance and theatre skills, teamwork, individual expression and confidence for the stage and beyond.



Rumple and Friends

New to DB, PapyrusEDU offers quality play-based learning programmes for kids aged five to 13. Classes include 3D-modelling and printing, and there's a Lego Education after-school programme. Children experience creative hands-on learning by building new projects from concept to completion. PapyrusEDU also offers Tai Chi and arts classes for adults.

Rumple and Friends brings fun and games to young performers aged three to 10. Its signature course, Magic and Circus, sees students performing magic and circus tricks, while other courses include Treasure Hunters, Comic Book Crazy and Around the World in 80 Days. Morning and afternoon classes are held in Sheung Wan until August 24 only.

DB North Plaza

Contact: Papyrus EDU Facebook page, papyrusedu.hk@gmail.com, 6360 1715.

Contact: www.islanddance.com.hk, info@ islanddance.com.hk, 2987 1571/ 9159 0663



Contact: www.faustworld.com, tess.polo@faustworld.com / koutaro.ueda@faustworld.com, 2547 9114.


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Sheung Wan

Contact: rumpleandfriends.com, info@rumpleandfriends.com, 9830 8287.

With the kids heading back to school, it’s time to engage them in some extracurricular fun! MANDARIN



Dr Bear Education Centre



Dr Bear Education Centre offers a range of courses through which Mandarin learners can develop their language skills in a creative and motivating environment. For children, aged two to three-and-ahalf, there’s a Mandarin Fun Playgroup, while students, aged three-and-a-half to five, enjoy play-based learning on the Mandarin Boost Course. Regular Mandarin courses for native and nonnative learners are also available.

Funfit’s Wiggle Worms (from six months), Busy Bees (from walking) and Tumble Tots (from 18 months) classes provide 45 minutes of non-stop action! Children have fun crawling through tunnels, bouncing on the bouncy castle, moving and grooving to musical activities and much more. Funfit guarantees to shake those sillies out and train children to be confident and capable movers. Parachute games and messy play provide lots of extra fun.

Funfit’s Little Steps (one- to two-yearolds) and Big Steps (two- to four-yearolds) classes aim to prepare children for ‘drop-off style’ playgroups. Funfit retains the structure of a playgroup, but a parent or guardian remains in the class with the child. In every class, activities include circle time, free time, snack and story time, a craft activity, sensory play and fitness fun.

Contact: drbearschool@gmail.com, 6762 6264 (WhatsApp).

Contact: Funfit (Hong Kong) Facebook page, funfitdb@gmail.com, 6302 6327.



Club Siena

Club Siena


Contact: Funfit (Hong Kong) Facebook page, funfitdb@gmail.com, 6302 6327.



Playtime Kids

Tree of Joy


Run by a Montessori-trained and first-aid qualified teacher, Playtime Kids provides a supporting, stimulating and loving environment for children, facilitating interaction and learning. Both drop-off classes (15 months to four years) and mum-and-baby sessions (six months to 24 months) are on offer. Activities include free supervised play, story time, snack time, singing and dancing, painting and colouring, rice and sand play, and baking.

Tree of Joy provides an extension of the family experience since children play and learn in a fun, engaging and supportive setting. Classes, run by qualified and experienced Early Years teachers, offer inquiry-based programmes with a focus on play. Programmes include a nursery class, parent-toddler class, afternoon camp and a weekend cooking class.

Operating in DB since 2010, Woodentots Montessori playgroup offers drop-off classes for children from 18 months to five years. Woodentots provides a caring, family-oriented setting, with small class sizes encouraging learning through selfdiscovery and self-discipline. Sessions consist of free-choice activities, arts and crafts, circle time, music and movement, yoga and Mandarin.

Contact: www.treeofjoydb.com, info@treeofjoydb.com, 9787 2755.

Contact: Woodentots DB Facebook page, woodentotsdb@gmail.com, 6108 9131.

Peninsula Village

Contact: playtimekidsdb@yahoo.com, 9054 0565.

Peninsula Village

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Discovery Bay Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

DB Plaza & Tai Pak Wan Discovery Bay Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teaches the gentle art of Jiu-Jitsu to kids, teenagers and adults. As an efficient ground fighting system, the non-violent martial-arts-style teaches self-defence through grappling techniques for all ages. Classes for toddlers (aged four to seven) teach mobility and control, while kids (seven to 11) develop strength and coordination. Teen classes (12 to 17) equip teenagers to peacefully handle conflict and build on self-confidence.


Embody DB Plaza

Embody’s full schedule of classes for kids, teens and adults is up-and-running again on August 20. Children, aged four to 10, can get fit and have fun through Zumba and yoga. Bounce DanceFit – a total workout, combining dance, fitness, cardio and flexibility – is now on offer for kids aged five to 10. Contact: www.embody.hk, susan@embody.hk, 6624 8712.

HK Dragons

DB, Tung Chung, Mui Wo, Pui O & Stanley HK Dragons’ Term 1, starting on August 20, brings football coaching for girls and boys of all abilities, aged three to 21. The club motivates players to try new things, develop their game skills and realise their full potential both on and off the pitch, and especially when competing in tournaments and matches. Football camps are held through the year and football birthday parties are organised upon request. Contact: dragons.hk, theoffice@dragons.hk, 5322 5556.


Harry Wright International

Discovery Bay International School Harry Wright International’s Learn To Swim Programme is a progressive programme for children aged three to 15 years, which ensures swimmers learn to swim in a safe, positive and structured environment. Talent is nurtured in young swimmers, whether they want to swim competitively or simply enjoy the sport. Term 1 commences on August 20. Contact: www.harrywright.com.hk, swimming@harrywright.com.hk, 2575 6279.

Contact: www.discoverybaybjj.com, discoverybaybjj@gmail.com, 5424 9219.





Discovery Bay International School & EpicLand


Kapuhala Train-in-Space DB North Plaza

iGym offers high-energy gymnastics classes for girls and boys aged three to 17. All-boy classes are held on Saturdays. Rhythmic gymnastics classes, held on Tuesdays, are new this term. The club is welcoming additional highlyqualified international coaches to its team this year, and aims to instil a passion for gymnastics in its students. International camps are organised annually.

Kapuhala Train-in Space’s youth classes make strong kids! Targeting children aged five to 13, Kapuhala offers daily classes ranging from fitness sessions where they learn how to correctly use different equipment and spin bikes, to boxing classes and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. All classes help kids release some steam after a long day at school and are organised by age.

Contact: www.igymhk.com, igymhk@icloud.com, 6077 2758.

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Overtime Basketball Academy


Overtime Basketball Academy’s autumn season begins this September for kids aged six and up. Classes follow the I’m Possible training curriculum used to develop NBA players such as Victor Oladipo and Kyrie Irving. With over 600 skills and methods of training such as drops, pockets and floats, Overtime Basketball Academy builds on skill development for players of all ages and abilities – from kids to pros.

Run by Progressive Sports Asia, Tekkerz football programme develops the technical and ball mastery skills of young players, aged five to 14, using a ‘maximum touch’ approach. On average, players touch the ball over 1,000 times per one-and-a-half-hour session, learning a range of skills and high-intensity drills. Players compete in regular friendly and competitive games, and Mini Tekkerz sessions are on offer for kids aged three to four.

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The Beat Dance & Fitness Studio DB Plaza

The Beat Dance & Fitness Studio offers a wide selection of dance and fitness classes for children of all ages this autumn. At ballroom dancing class, children learn to cha cha, rumba, samba and jive. The Beat also offers Irish dance, Zumba kids and teen fitness classes. Fun and entertaining seasonal camps are on offer throughout the year to further develop skills among children. Contact: www.thebeat.com.hk, info@thebeat.com.hk, 5194 9630.

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BEAT THE HEAT Maintaining your form while keeping your cool can seem impossible in a hot and humid Hong Kong. Kate Farr gets the lowdown from three experts on what you can do to stay healthy in the heat


t’s been a long, hot summer, with temperatures reaching a sweltering 36ºC in June, and the heat shows no real signs of letting up. Weather extremities are always difficult to deal with, and humidity combined with heat is the last thing most of us like to see on any forecast. One solution is to leave Hong Kong over the summer (as many a DB family does) but now, with the new school year starting mid-month, just about everyone’s back… and back fighting the heat. So, what’s the best way forward? A few simple life hacks can help you cope – and keep you fit and active too.

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“Keep hydrated, of course, but avoid sparkling water and soft drinks. They may feel cold but do in fact heat the body,” opens Dr Shveta Chhoker, Ayurvedic consultant at Shakti Healing Circle, the holistic healing centre in Central run by longterm DB residents Stephen and Pervin Clasper.

Ayurvedic consultant Dr Shveta Chhoker keeps her cool by eating smart

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Ayurveda is an ancient holistic practice that focuses on the balance between body, mind and spirit to achieve optimal wellness, and Dr Shveta explains that maintaining a comfortable temperature starts with what we consume.

Personal trainer Katia Kucher is all about the benefits of hot-weather workouts

Dr Shveta suggests coconut water as an excellent alternative to fizzy drinks, as it not only works to hydrate, but also replaces minerals lost through sweat. Another simple swap? “A squeezed lemon in water with some mint is also ideal. The lemon delivers vitamin C and keeps us nourished, while the mint is cooling and leaves us replenished for longer.”

taken as it comes, or in a smoothie.”

Dr Shveta also advises caution when it comes to tempting summer barbecues. “Avoid or cut down on meat such as beef and lamb, as they heat the body.” Instead, she recommends filling your plate with healthier sides. “Eat more water-based leafy vegetables such as lettuce, and more fruit and vegetables in general during the hot summer months.” And for those who crave a sweet treat? “Watermelon is ideal in the summer heat, either

“For heat rashes, apply a paste made from coconut oil, sandalwood and turmeric,” she says. “If you suffer from prickly heat, you can also DIY your own cooling cure with a mixture of rosewater, aloe vera and plain yoghurt.”

Of course, even with the most careful preparation, it’s easy to feel overheated – particularly after a workout or a day at the beach. When a cool shower just isn’t cutting it, Dr Shveta suggests looking to your store cupboard for some fail-safe remedies that are safe, effective and good enough to eat.

Sweat smart And what of exercising outdoors, is it something we should avoid in hot weather? Co-founder of

the weekly DB running club The Discovery Run, and owner of personal training and fitness business d.BeFit, Katia Kucher knows all too well that training in the heat can often feel like a major challenge. “Heat is a runner’s enemy. No matter how much we hydrate, our body is affected by the constant hot weather; our performance decreases and our stamina levels go down,” she says. However, Katia explains that there are also surprising benefits to lacing up those trainers – even when it’s 30ºC outside. “Training in the heat properly can have extraordinary effects. Heat training can increase the rate of perspiration, increase a runner’s blood plasma volume (which leads to better cardiovascular fitness), reduce overall core temperature,

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reduce blood lactate and even increase skeletal muscle force.” While she believes that athletes can benefit from hot-weather training, Katia stresses that workouts must be carefully planned. “When training in hot weather – and especially high humidity – our body quickly gets depleted of basic minerals and electrolytes like sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium.” She recommends including electrolytes in drinking water and drinking a minimum of 200 to 350 millilitres of liquid every 10 to 20 minutes. She also recommends caution with sunscreen, explaining, “Some creams clog pores, preventing the skin’s natural ability to sweat and cool, so it’s also important to test the type of sunscreen you use.” Katia’s thoughts are echoed by her fellow The Discovery Run cofounder, and owner of Beyond the Line endurance coaching and consulting, Olivier Baillet. “The people I coach are very performance-oriented and driven, but in the heat, they all slow down,” he says. “Recovery takes longer as the body has to work more to adapt to the hot conditions. “Something important to remember is that in Hong Kong, what makes exercise so hard in summer is not really the temperature, but the humidity,” Olivier adds. “Running in 30ºC and 80% humidity in Hong Kong would smash most of us, while running in 30ºC in Australia, Europe or America, where humidity levels are lower, is much more bearable.”


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Hot-weather workouts Olivier recommends approaching hot-weather workouts with pragmatism. “Running at the hottest time of the day is, in general, counterproductive – the stress on the body created by that kind of effort is too high. Training in the morning or evening in Hong Kong is hard enough!” Olivier also highlights the importance of preparation to get the most out of your workout. “If you run, make sure you leave water at some places. Wear light clothes but remember that naked skin may not be the best option; some garments do keep you cooler than bare skin and protect you from the sun. Wear a hat and sunglasses. And be prepared to cut the workout short if you start to feel dizzy or if discomfort becomes too hard to cope with.”

really hard into the heat for a long time, which is not something I do every day.” Both athletes agree that if the heat is simply too much to face, it’s better to find an alternative that works for you. Olivier says, “During the summer months, I often train indoors. I run at the gym, bike at home on the turbo trainer, and avoid the outdoor pools altogether.” So, with just a little careful planning, there’s no reason to let your fitness slide as you wait for temperatures to drop.

Both Katia and Olivier recommend the use of ice to maintain a comfortable temperature during workouts. Katia explains, “An easy way is to use a buff, fill it with ice and put it around the neck. The blood circulating through that artery is eventually transported to the heart and the entire body. Another area with a major artery near the skin’s surface is the wrist, so wearing a cooling wristband around the wrist will have a similar effect.” Olivier adds, “In races, if ice is available, I make sure I keep it in my cap, in my hands and over my kidneys. But these tricks are only when I want to be able to push

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Endurance coach Olivier Baillet still running despite the heat



Entrepreneur of the Month

Madhu Kashyap of Island Dance


sland Dance is one of Hong Kong’s best-known dance schools, established in 1993. I took over in 2008 and run it with my daughter Nimisha and five fabulous teachers and office staff. We provide dance education to children from age 18 months to 18 years at 16 venues across the SAR. We offer RAD and ISTD exam sessions, as well as performance opportunities at community events and our annual end-of-year show. My business is a success because we don’t just sell dance, we sell confidence! The Island Dance motto is Turning Passion into Performance. We currently inspire over 800 dancers in Hong Kong, teaching disco-freestyle, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, tap and Bollywood. To succeed in business, you need to be detail oriented, and organised in time and money management. You need to be a good listener and problem solver and, of course, you have to love and believe in what you do. My advice for someone looking to start up a business is be passionate about the product you are offering and surround yourself with positive people. My greatest achievements are my three very confident daughters, Island Dance and being able to speak Cantonese fluently. My plan for the future is to continue to do what I’m doing for as long as there are children out there wanting to dance, and teachers and choreographers willing to work hard and share their knowledge and passion with them unconditionally. When hiring staff, I always ask if they love children, can handle crowds and live in small spaces… because I normally hire from overseas. Hong Kong is that kind of place, you either love it or you hate it! The entrepreneur I most admire is Oprah. She grew up with all the odds against her and she overcame her challenges to achieve so much. Most importantly, she continues to pay it forward. I aim to follow her lead. My favourite social media platform is Facebook. The last person I texted was my sister in Australia. My personal motto is Life’s too short – stay happy, healthy and positive!

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• Island Dance & Discovery Bay Ballet School, DB Plaza, 2987 1571/ 9159 0663, dance@islanddance.com.hk, www.islanddance.com.hk

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outheast Asia’s only Universal Studios’ theme park of fers up 24 rides, shows and attractions. Seven themed zones – Holly wood, New York, Ancient Egypt, The Lost World, Sci- Fi City, Madagascar and Far Far Away – are arranged around a lagoon. Be sure to ride the world’s tallest pair of duelling roller coasters, and visit Shrek’s castle. August 2018 www.arounddb.com

Universal Studios

GARDENS BY THE BAY Take a stroll through Supertree Grove where 18 ‘super trees’ support a 125-metre-long aerial walkway. Gardens by the Bay also boasts the Flower Dome, the largest greenhouse in the world and the Cloud Forest, where a 35-metre mini-mountain plays host to the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Garden Rhapsody light and music shows are held twice nightly.

SINGAPORE ZOO Big on conservation, Singapore Zoo aims to provide animals with an approximation of their natural habitats – from frozen tundra to lush grassland. Don’t miss the night safari where you travel by electric train through different regions, like Equatorial Africa, the Indian Subcontinent and the Himalayan Foothills. On a moonlit night, it feels like there’s nothing between you and the 2,500 nocturnal animals.

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WILD WILD WET At Wild Wild Wet waterpark, you can plunge down a near-vertical drop at speeds of up to 15 metres per second, experience a high-speed 360° extreme loops ride, and even whiz down a water rafting slide! But if free-falling isn’t your family’s speed, head to the kids’ zone, which is wonderfully laidback, and filled with pint-sized versions of the big rides.

In this kid-sized indoor city, children, aged four to 17, can try their hands at different jobs – they get to be everything from a spaceman to a builder for the day. There are 80 or so role-play activities, and all the right locations in which to play, from a full-sized fuselage of a Boeing 737, to a replica bank and mini hospital.


Wild Wild Wet

Palawan Beach on Sentosa Island is both beautiful and safe, with wading pools for the kids. Rent a Segway and you can glide along the 2-kilometre stretch of white sand with a small group. Viewing towers overlook the Singapore Strait, and you’ll see a suspension bridge that connects the beach to the southernmost point of Asia (also Asia’s closest point to the Equator). And don’t miss the Port of Lost Wonder kids’ club. There’s a piratically themed water-play area, hidden islets on which to hunt for buried treasure and plenty of child-friendly places to eat. Captain Palawan makes an appearance every weekend and during the school holidays.

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SEA AQUARIUM Home to over 100,000 marine animals, swimming in 45 million litres of water, SEA Aquarium is the largest in the world. As you walk through the long tunnels between zones, you feel as if you’re on the ocean floor. Don’t miss the moray eel habitat at the South China Sea zone. Kids can crawl into a ‘cave’ and pop their heads into a dome for thrilling, up-close views of the snake-like creatures. SE A Aquarium

MOUNT FABER CABLE CAR On Sentosa, you’ll find not just the SEA Aquarium and Universal Studios but also Fantasy Land water park and Volcano Land… and even getting there is fun. Hop aboard the cable car at Mount Faber for an 18-metre ride with great views.


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Kids really like Ferris wheels – huge ones – so take them for a spin on the Singapore Flyer, Asia’s largest observation wheel. Each 30-minute ride offers up incredible views of the city and takes you 165 metres above ground.

JURONG BIRD PARK With free-flying aviaries and a 30-metre waterfall, Jurong Bird Park homes around 9,000 birds, and opens your eyes to over 600 species. You can walk among the birds, and handfeed flamingos, ostriches, pelicans and lorikeets. Your ticket money partly funds the park’s Avian Hospital and Breeding and Research Centre.

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Take a break from the heat (and the booze) with a long, cool glass of something fruity

Homemade Lemonade Makes 3 pints • 6 large lemons • 5 oz granulated sugar

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First, scrub the lemons in warm water. Pare the coloured outer zest from three of them, using a potato peeler or zester. Remove any white pith from the strips of zest to prevent the lemonade from tasting bitter. Put the zest in a large bowl and add the squeezed juice of all the lemons (don’t strain the juice at this stage). Add the sugar and pour in 2½ pints of boiling water. Stir well, cover and leave overnight in the fridge. Next day, stir again and add a little more sugar to taste. Strain through a fairly coarse sieve so that some of the lemon remains. Chill thoroughly before serving on ice, either straight or diluted with soda water. Add lemon slices and mint sprigs to taste.

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If you would like to see your favourite recipes featured in this section, email rachel@baymedia.com.hk

Pineapple Cooler Serves 6

• 1 ripe medium pineapple, rind only • 2 oz caster sugar • 1 apple, sliced

Cut the stalky top and base off the pineapple and discard. Stand the pineapple upright on its base and cut away the skin in long strips working your way all round the fruit. Reserve the fruit itself for a dessert. Chop the skin into small pieces about 1-inch square. Pile them all into a bowl, and then pour in 1½ pints of cold water. Cover the bowl with a cloth and leave at room temperature for 3 to 4 days or until the mixture is bubbly and fermented. Strain it into a jug, add sugar to taste and serve with thinly sliced apple. 


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Iced Tea

Serves 6 to 8

• 6 English Breakfast tea bags • 2 tbsp caster sugar • 6 sprigs fresh mint • 10 fl oz freshly squeezed orange juice, chilled • ½ lime, juice only • 1 peach, sliced

Make up some very strong tea in a large teapot, using the tea bags and 2 pints of boiling water. Add the sugar and sprigs of mint to the teapot. Allow the tea to infuse for 15 to 20 minutes, then remove the tea bags and set aside. When the tea is cold, remove the mint from the teapot. Put lots of ice into a glass jug and pour in the cold tea, followed by the orange and lime juices. Finally, add the peach slices, stir thoroughly and serve with more ice.

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Hong Kong Science Museum, Tsim Sha Tsui Through October 17

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Above and Beyond is a special exhibition sponsored by Boeing. It offers an interactive demonstration of advances in aviation and aerospace, from the first powered flights to the latest innovations. For just HK$30, you also get to experience flight simulations, augmented reality and fighter-jet designing. For more information, visit hk.science.museum.


Through September 2


Lake Egret Nature Park, Tai Po Through August


Cool down at Core (inflatable) Aqua Park. There are over 40 different inflatable obstacles, including a 6-metre slide, trampolines and bridges to play on. You can also rent water bikes and go wakeboarding on the lake. End your day with a barbecue buffet. For more information and tickets, starting at HK$158, visit www.corehk.net.


The Hong Kong Kids International Film Festival (KIFF) celebrates the art of cinema and aims to nurture the next generation of film enthusiasts. A total of 60 screenings – feature films, animation and shorts from 22 countries – are showing through August 5. The KIFF carnival, open until September 2, provides parades, workshops and the opportunity to watch short films. For more information, visit the KIFF Asia Facebook page.



Across Hong Kong

Central Harbourfront Event Space, Central Through August 26


Looking for a free day out? Head over to SummerFest and make the most of the 20 family-friendly activities on offer. In addition to XXL inflatables, garden games and sports, you can also expect interactive shows and art-and-light installations. For more information, visit www.summerfestcentralharbourfront.hk.

Raise a flag for animal welfare at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (SPCA) fundraiser to assist animals that are abandoned, cruelly treated, appalachianspca.org injured, or sick. The SCPA is looking for 8,000 volunteers to help on Flag Day, with locations on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. For more information and registration details, visit www.spca.org.hk. August 11

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PEPPA PIG LIVE INTERACTION Kowloon Bay International Trade and Exhibition Centre, Kowloon Bay

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Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai August 16-20


The Peppa Pig Great Vacation Indoor Interactive Carnival aims to motivate children, aged two and up, to learn while being physically active. There are 11 fun interactive zones including Love Our Nature, Sporty Summer and Fun Tree House. For tickets, priced at HK$200, visit www.hkticketing.com.


Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui August 17-19


The annual Hong Kong Food Expo is a delectable culinary experience dishing up cooking shows, award shows and tastings. This year, the expo has gone green and is encouraging attendees to bring along their own recyclable shopping bags. For more information, visit www.hktdc.com.



Hong Kong Ballet opens its 2018/ 19 season with a wild ride down the rabbit hole as it presents ALICE (in Wonderland). Director Septime Webre brings contemporary energy, a sense of theatre and a handful of puppets to the classic tale. For tickets, starting at HK$140, visit www.urbtix.hk.

August 25


Hong Kong City Hall, Central Enchanting audiences worldwide for over two centuries, Mozart’s The Magic Flute follows the adventures of High Priest Sarastro, Prince Tamino, the Queen of the Night and her daughter Pamina. Presented in the form of a Singspiel, with www.bgsu.edu both singing and spoken dialogue, the opera is performed in German with English and Chinese surtitles. For tickets, starting at HK$100, visit www.urbtix.hk. August 25-26


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Sold out last year, the fourth Hong Kong International Reggae Ska Festival is back with its biggest line-up yet. Lovers of reggae, ska, rocksteady, dub and dancehall are in for a treat. Open from 5.30pm to 11pm. For tickets, starting at HK$450, visit www.ticketflap.com.


Alcoholics Anonymous •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

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

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

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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

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER Seeking a native Tagalog-speaking, qualified kindergarten teacher with musical knowledge, singing experience & at least five years of teaching experience. Full-time position. Send your CV & covering letter to tagalogdb@gmail.com

Virtual reality programmes for PTSD, addictions, phobias (fear of flying/ public speaking/ bridges/ enclosed spaces/ storms). * Couples’ conflicts * Overeating * Career/relationship stress * Anger management * Nail biting * Exam jitters Divorce/ post-divorce/ career coaching. Quit smoking quickly. Dr Melanie Bryan, Psy.D. Clinical psychologist, hypnotherapist 2575 7707, www.mindmatters.hk


• Professional therapy & counselling for children, adolescents & adults • Based in Discovery Bay • Office, online & home visits available contact@growingupgreathongkong.com, 6182 0959 (Lorraine Cook), 9387 5305 (Liz Hemmings)

Yoga Therapy Class for Senior Citizens

Tuesday mornings 11:30am at DB North Plaza. Slow and gentle yoga, taught by a qualified yoga instructor. English-speaking and easily accessible from Sunny Bay MTR station.

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Jonny Haines & his wife Michelle are delighted to welcome baby Jacob William into the family. He was born on July 19 at Queen Mary Hospital, Pokfulam. Jonny is a Year 5 teacher & Head of English at DBIS, Michelle works for the educational company Phonics Hero. Having lived in Discovery Bay for six years, they are excited to be starting their next chapter with little baby Jacob.


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

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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 Baguio 6776 8400 Email: baguiowong@hotmail.com

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Spacious 600 square-foot apartments – 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


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


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


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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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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 HE A LT H, FI T NESS A ND W EL L BEING

Pause by the Banyan - health ∙ wellness South Lantau Paddle Club Thai Palin Massage Thai Sa Baai Tony’s Salon Treasure Island Findley Leung Group Koon Wah Hardware Lee Wo Construction Engineering Man Shun Construction & Engineering New Look Design

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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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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

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

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Akash Removals Mega Power Engineering/Locksmiths Shun Yu Engineering

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

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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 IMI (Natural Medicine Clinic), North Plaza Island Health Island Veterinary Services OT&P Healthcare The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council, North Plaza Trinity Chapel

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

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

Island Dance ISTD Freestyle, ISTD Hip Hop, RAD Ballet, tap and Bollywood classes at DBRC, Club Siena and DB Plaza. Five professional instructors, teaching six days a week. Contact 2987 1571 / 9159 0663, info@islanddance.com.hk, www.islanddance.com.hk

The Beat Dance & Fitness Studio BODYPUMP, BODYBALANCE, GRIT,

The Beat Dance & Fitness Studiotoning and kids), BODYSTEP, Zumba (fitness, Piloxing, yoga and plus Latin, Irish, BODYPUMP, BODYBALANCE, GRIT,Pilates, BODYSTEP, Zumba belly kids), and wedding dance. Classes adults (fitness, toning and Piloxing, yoga and for Pilates, and personal training. Contact plus Latin, Irish, and bellychildren, and wedding dance. Classes for 5194 9630, info@thebeat.com.hk, adults and children, and personal training. Contact www.thebeat.com.hkwww.thebeat.com.hk 5194 9630, info@thebeat.com.hk,

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


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. Contact 2433 6981/ 5664 7614, www.sjpp.asia/pwwm

The Stephen Putnam Practice Private Client Wealth Management. Contact 2914 0388, www.sjpp.asia/tspp

Bank of China HSBC

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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 Tactful Design & Build Tai Fat Hardware Store Wing On Department Store Yours Electrical Centre


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Future Stars Dance Academy

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES Action X, North Plaza Nomadic




Woodentots Montessori playgroup providing a caring and nurturing environment in DB Plaza. Run by a qualified Montessori teacher for children aged 2.5 to 5 years. Contact 6108 9131, woodentotsdb@gmail.com

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 Eye Level Education Learning 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 Mathnasium SKH Wei Lun Primary School Treasure House Zhi Zhi Chinese

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Harvey Law Group International law firm in DB North Plaza providing a wide range of commercial and personal legal services. Contact 2416 8618, dboffice@harveylawcorporation.com, www.harveylawcorporation.com DB Party Time Gillian florist, North Plaza P-Solution Pen’n Paper The Optical House Well Supreme Laundry Services

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

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PROPERTY LISTINGS & BOATS Centaline Property Agency EPS Property Consultants Headland Homes Kingsland DB Land Master Property

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FOOD & BEVERAGE, HOTELS 22º North Auberge Discovery Bay (Hotel), North Plaza Café Bord de Mer & Lounge Café Duvet Caffe Pascucci Cali-Mex Coyote Mexican Cantina Ebeneezer’s Epic Food 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 Peony Chinese Restaurant PizzaExpress Solera Subway The Pier Bar TigerLily Uncle Russ, North Plaza Zak’s

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Greenwich Hatha Yoga specialists at DB North Plaza. Gentle flow. Suitable for busy airline crew. Contact 9685 8366, www.greenwich-vinyasa.com.hk

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

Professional soccer coaching for children aged 18 months to 12 years. Contact 9533 2600, vikingshk@hotmail.com, vikings.hk 2911 2987 6473 2517 2987 2987 2987 6624 2441 9680 6101 9387 6704 8197

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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 Highly skilled skincare specialist committed to providing the most effective skincare services to the DB community. Contact 6131 9039, www.ellyhouseofbeauty.com, Elly House of Beauty Facebook Page

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

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

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DB Pure Spa

TOYS & KIDS’ PARTIES Bo Bo House Toysland

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Vikings Football Club

Action X, North Plaza Club Siena DBees Ice Hockey DB Pirates Rugby Football Club Discovery Bay Marina Club Discovery Bay Golf Club Discovery Bay Recreation Club Embody EpicLand FIT 852 Kapuhala Train-in-Space MAS FIT YogaBay YogaUp

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

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Reflexology, massage, pedicure and manicure at DB Plaza. Door-to-door treatment service available. Contact 2987 0614

To add your own directory listing box, call the Bay Media office on 2987 0577, or email info@baymedia.com.hk Afflatus Hair Workshop, North Plaza Freedas Maximum Care Nest Care, North Plaza Salon De Coiffure

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y first article for this column three years ago was about toilets at the Central ferry pier. At the risk of being sentimentally obsessive, and to coin a lavatorial phrase, here I go again. I spend a lot of time in La Belle France and love it, but the place is lost in translation when it comes to public facilities. Bound tightly by tradition, mixed in with a peculiar brand of pedantry and the avant-garde, it is impossible to comprehend how the land of Didier Deschamps, the Eiffel Tower and the éclair could get it so wrong. How could it all become so senseless in the country of Baudelaire, Brie and Bardot? What is it about the inventors of lingerie, the lightning labour strike and 35-hour week that could create such catastrophes de toilettes publiques? Faire ses besoins is a nightmare. This from a people who gifted to the English language ‘arrogance’ and ‘adultery,’ the nation of Napoleon and awful Neufchatel cheese. Surely the home of Zola, Zinedine Zidane and Sarkozy’s cute wife can do better. No loot, no loo

Illustration by Andrew Spires

France may be a byword for sophistication and romance – it has to take responsibility for all that annoying accordion music – but facilities for a basic human necessity are an afterthought, like buying a car with a steering wheel as an optional extra. It’s as if les Français say, ‘We are too elegant even to think of such appalling foreign bodily functions,


Caught short Incommoded once too often on his annual summer hiking trip, and not a little miffed about last month’s World Cup win, Peter Sherwood exposes a charmless charm of La Belle France but if you nagging tourists are truly incommoded – another lavatorial gem – we will reluctantly accommodate you.’ Visitors end up with inconvenient conveniences, particularly Americans who insist on shouting for the salle d’eau and are shocked to be directed to a real powder room. First, try to get into one. In this nation of grandeur, you can easily find yourself confronted by a perfectly coiffured creature in Chanel or Saint Laurent collecting coins at the door. No loot, no loo. It’s either that or a coin in a door that seldom works and, if it does, you won’t have the right change. Or it could mean a trip to a restaurant where a Gestapo of waiters makes sure you order an overpriced café allongé. I usually request a ‘café Angelina Jolie’ before even thinking about

approaching their highly prized porcelain. It seems to work. It was worse once at a train station on the Swiss border where some publicly licenced extortionist demanded two Euros. Not likely. I hopped on a waiting train where it’s free, only for the thing to partir très vite, landing me at a village station 50-kilometres away. But when you’re hiking, what does it matter? The tried-and-tested approach to being lost in the mountains works every time – if you don’t know where you are, change where you want to be. I had to get the hell out of Switzerland and back to France before I was more broke than the Ten Commandments. If I ever quit walking and take a car, it will be towing a portaloo.

Peter Sherwood has lived in DB for 19 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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Around DB August Issue 2018  

Around DB is the original and leading community magazine dedicated to the residents of Discovery Bay and surrounding expat communities of La...

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