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Discovery Bay’s original community magazine

DECEMBER 2017

Skating teacher Linda Huggins has hopes for an

ice rink in the plaza

Why so many residents choose to RETIRE IN DB

MERRY

Waste not want not LEFTOVER TURKEY recipes

All-singing, all-dancing

Lantauers in the Hong Kong Women’s Choir

Christmas AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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蘅峯 PENINSULA 3

Gross: 814’ Saleable: 708’

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Cosy apartment with lots of natural light. Modern kitchen. Easy access to all transport.

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Gross: 3100’ Saleable: 2403’

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C NTENTS December 2017

PROFILE

TALKING POINTS

Skating coach Linda Huggins

Lantauers in the Hong Kong Women’s Choir

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GIVEAWAYS Win big prizes

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PARENTING Xmas excess

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RECIPES Turkey leftovers

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DB FACES Community snaps

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OUT THERE Island life

AGENDA

IN FOCUS

ESCAPES

Why residents retire in DB

Top 10 things to do in NYC

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FAMILY MATTERS

For the latest Around DB updates, find us on:

How to plan Christmas strategically

REGULARS

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DB EVENTS

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HK HAPPENINGS

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CLASSIFIEDS

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PROPERTY

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LOCAL NUMBERS

ON THE COVER Getting festive in DB Plaza

To read the cover story turn to page 38

Discovery Bay’s original community magazine

DECEMBER 2017

Skating teacher Linda Huggins has hopes for an

ice rink in the plaza

Why so many residents choose to RETIRE IN DB

MERRY

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Waste not want not LEFTOVER TURKEY recipes

All-singing, all-dancing

Lantauers in the Hong Kong Women’s Choir

Christmas AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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THE BIG PICNIC

DBers were out in droves for one of the best days of the year on November 4, with Tai Pak Wan and DB Plaza rocking with tunes from four stages.


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TEAM FEAR

During the Team FEAR/ Uncle Russ Adventure Challenge on November 19, kids turned out in their droves to run, bike, coasteer, abseil, swim, canoe and rock-scramble across DB. The event is expected to raise at least HK$150,000 in support of Youth Outreach Hong Kong.

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DB EVENTS

BOXES OF HOPE

Schools throughout DB did their bit to help those less fortunate in November, filling shoeboxes with new and interesting educational gifts.

Photos courtesy of DC, DBIS, DMK and DMPS

HALLOWEEN ON HEADLAND DRIVE

DB’s witches, wizards, vampires and ghouls converged on Headland Drive on October 31 to celebrate Halloween in style.

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DB EVENTS

WALK FOR OPERATION SANTA CLAUS The 12th annual Discovery Mind Operation Santa Claus Sponsored Walk on November 18 saw families set off from Discovery Mind Kindergarten and finish at Siena Park.

Photos courtesy of DMK and Maxine Parry

DB 10KM RUN FOR CHARITY

One of DB’s favourite annual events saw over 400 runners pound the pavements on November 11, raising over HK$144,000 for Plastic Free Seas. Well-known DBer Thomas Kiprotich was the men’s winner in a time of 32:57, while Clodagh Hart took out the women’s event in 44:17.

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HYDROPONICS THE FUTURE OF FOOD PRODUCTION

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Certain parts of the world are obsolete for growing conditions and creates land shortage: A lot of land previously used for farming is now unusable. How do these nations provide food? Climate change is having a huge effect on our ability to produce enough food: Our historic growing methods need to be reviewed. We cannot grow food like we used to. Hydroponics can be grown anywhere, during any season.

The world is growing in population: We over have 7.4 billion people now, and expecting another 1 billion within 30 years; but can only sustain 10 billion people in total globally with current food growth methods.

HYDROPONIC OPPORTUNITY Hydroponic farming is a great way to grow vegetables, fruits, and herbs under totally controlled conditions. Check out our website www.fourever.green to see how you can get involved today!

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DB EVENTS December 1 & 11

YOUR GUIDE

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DB GOLFING

Discovery Bay Golf Club Golfers come into their own in DB in December, with the Discovery Bay Residents Golf Society holding its Annual Championship on December 1, and The Big Sai Wan holding its Masters on December 11. To get involved, visit www.dbrgs.com or www.bigsaiwan.com.

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Throughout December

TO ADOPT A PET through Protection of Animals Lantau South (PALS), call Jacqui Green on 9197 4371, for Hong Kong Paws Foundation (PAWS), call Kat Cheung on 9485 5188. December 2

STOCK UP AT THE PLANT MARKET across from Haven Court, 2pm to

4.45pm. For more information, call 2238 3617.

JOIN A BEACH CLEANUP, organised by Plastic Free

Seas and DB Green, at Nim Shue Wan from 10am to 12pm. Visit www.dbgreen.org.

DC FAMILY FUN DAY Discovery College December 9

PARKINSON’S CHARITY QUIZ McSorley’s, DB December 8

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Get involved in the Parkinson’s Charity Quiz to raise money for Parkinson’s UK. Kicking off at 7.30pm, teams of four to six are welcome, and entry is HK$100, which includes one standard drink. Expect picture rounds and a bingo quiz, with all prizes donated by McSorley’s. Book a table by calling 2987 8280; if you have anything to donate towards an auction, call Carol Keen on 9738 7905.

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Expect live music, entertainment, food and commercial stalls at Discovery College’s annual bonanza, with something on offer for all ages. The event runs from 12pm to 5pm; contact pta@dc.edu.hk to find out more.


NEW in DB DYNAMIC KIDS @ EPICLAND

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DBIS SENIOR SCHOOL NOW OPEN!

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Progressive Sports Asia brings you Dynamic Kids @ EpicLand – a safe, enjoyable and interactive physical exercise programme. Dynamic movement patterns are used to stimulate, encourage and progress physical literacy and inspire social wellbeing in boys and girls aged three to five years. Free introductory sessions on December 5 and 6 include a free hour of play at EpicLand. Find out more by emailing admin@prosportsasia.com, or visit www.prosportsasia.com.

STEFANO PASSARELLO

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Discovery Bay International School (DBIS) unveiled its new senior school campus at DB North Plaza in November. Students can now attend DBIS right through from Early Years to Year 13. To find out more, turn to page 34.

YOUNG WRITERS COMPETITION Deadline: March 7

All secondary school students living and/ or studying in Lantau are eligible to enter the Around DB and Life on Lantau Young Writers Competition. Students are asked to submit an account of 600 to 700 words describing Lantau life in the future – in 2030. From the articles submitted, our three mentors each select a winning story and work on improving it with the author. The three finished articles are posted on the Around DB and Life on Lantau Facebook pages for an online vote. Authors must submit their name, age, year group and school along with their piece by March 7 to rachel@baymedia.com.hk.

CONGRATULATIONS JOHN SAEKI

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Well-known DB runner, dragon boater and all-round good guy, Stefano Passarello took on the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii on October 14 and clocked the fastest age-group marathon split. On top of that, Stefano not only ran the fastest marathon in his age group, but also the 10th best time. Stefano’s 2:53:23 run was the fourth fastest ever by an age-grouper since the inception of the Ironman World Championship.

During Go Gold - Childhood Cancer Awareness month in September, Hong Kong International Learning Academy (HKILA) raised HK$23,840 for Children’s Cancer Foundation. This amount is almost double the funds raised in last year’s campaign and reflects the huge efforts made by parents, students, teachers and supporters of the school. The charity is very close to the hearts of everyone at HKILA because student Hannah Meeson is a cancer survivor and her mum Gaylene Meeson is a tireless supporter and advocate of Children’s Cancer Foundation.

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Lantau resident John Saeki’s new book, The Tiger Hunters of Tai O, is based in Hong Kong in 1954. A Eurasian policeman, who has an affair with the police commissioner’s daughter, is banished to the far tip of a wild and distant island a stone’s throw from Chinese waters – Tai O! According to John, the book was inspired by hiking on Lantau. “Hikes are a great way of putting yourself in touch with places that have resisted change over the decades,” he says. To secure your copy, head to www.blacksmithbooks.com.

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DB EVENTS

CAROLS ON THE PITCH

Discovery Bay International School

December 10

SHOP THE HANDMADE HONG KONG CHRISTMAS market in DB Plaza from 11am to 6pm.

December 17

ENJOY A PHOTO OP WITH SANTA at Club Siena’s Christmas

Fun Day, plus game booths, gifts for the kids and performances. Call 2987 7382.

NATIVITY IN THE PLAZA DB Plaza & Tai Pak Wan

Nativity in the Plaza, organised December 18 & 24 by Discovery Bay International Community Church, Discovery Bay Church and the Church of Incarnation, runs from 4pm to 6pm. Enjoy Christmas carols and a narration of the nativity. The Christmas celebrations continue on Tai Pak Wan from 6.30pm on December 24. To find out more, email www.evoqueportraits.com office@dbicc.org December 25

EAT PRE-COOKED XMAS TURKEY courtesy

of Discovery Bay Golf Club, Discovery Bay Recreation Club, Coyote or The Auberge. To place your order in advance, call 2500 1827 (DBGC), 2987 7381 (DBRC), 2987 2848 (Coyote), or 2295 8288 (The Auberge).

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Parents, families and friends are all welcome at Discovery Bay International School’s (DBIS) annual Carols on the Pitch, kicking off at 5.30pm. Bring a picnic rug and enjoy Christmas music performed by DBIS students, orchestras and choirs. Expect a bazaar with Christmas presents, www.evoqueportraits.com mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies, as well as a Santa’s Grotto. To find out more, call 2987 7331. December 14

SPARKLING NOSTALGIA December 23-26 PARTY DB Plaza

From 6.30pm to 8pm each evening, the Sparkling Nostalgia Party sees the area in front of DB ferry pier transformed into a Christmas dance floor. You are invited to boogie alongside professional dancers at this ’60s and ’70s-themed pop-up disco. For more festive events ringing in Hong Kong Resort’s 40th anniversary, turn to page 22.

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CELEBRATE AT THE AUBERGE DB North Plaza

December 23-6 & 31 Head down to the Auberge on Christmas Day from 11am to 12pm for a photo-taking session with the Christmas-themed horse-drawn carriage, and on New Year’s Eve for a fun-filled countdown party. You can enjoy lunch and dinner buffets at either the Bounty Bar or Café Bord de Mer on December 23, 24, 25, 26 and 31. Visit www.aubergediscoverybay.com www.aubergediscoverybay.com. .


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hristmas in Discovery Bay is always a special time of the year, as residents from all over the globe come together to celebrate the festive season. This year, there are even more reasons to celebrate as events to mark DB’s 40th anniversary are underway.

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A truly cosmopolitan corner of Hong Kong, DB is home to people from over 50 countries around the world, as well as many local Hong Kongers, who appreciate the relaxed, southern Europeanstyle setting. And it’s this unique set-up that ensures Christmas here is a truly magical celebration. We DBers are a social bunch yearround, gathering in the plaza and supporting each other’s events and causes, and our vibrant, neighbourly approach to life really comes to the fore over the holidays. During this lively winter festival, you can expect a host of events

to delight the whole family. A real highlight of the holiday season is, of course, the Handmade Hong Kong Christmas market in DB Plaza on December 10. Running from 11am to 6pm, it’s the perfect

place to stock up on last-minute gifts, bump into friends, and get into festive mode. Another sure-fire crowd pleaser this Christmas is the Sparkling Nostalgia Party. Taking place from December 23 to 26, this celebration sees the area in front of the main ferry pier transformed into a Christmas dance floor. The

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glitzy ’70s and ’80s theme gives a nostalgic nod to the era in which DB was envisioned and built. From 6.30pm till 8pm each evening, you are invited to enjoy the party music (everything from ‘70s classics to the latest No.1 hits), travel back in time, and get on down with family, friends and a troupe of professional dancers. The Christmas decorations that light up DB each year are always integral to the festival. Eco-friendly and/ or recyclable, the brilliant, ultra-modern installations provide a dramatic backdrop for photos with friends, for selfies and, of course, your latest instagram posts. Step off the ferry, and you are immediately welcomed by a large, brilliantly lit Christmas centrepiece; spectacular arches forming a Tunnel of Illumination lead off along D’Deck Promenade. Head up to DB North Plaza with the kids, and they can hop on the Multi-coloured Christmas Express, a kaleidoscopic train


signifying the incredible journey that DB has enjoyed over the last 40 years. Whatever your interests, DB has plenty of entertainment to offer the whole family over the festive break. This year, you can visit 40 hand-picked attractions to rediscover DB, remind yourself about all that has been achieved these past 40 years, and simply have fun! Indeed, the Christmas holidays are the perfect time to rediscover the many novelties and attractions that DB provides. Why not hike up to DB Reservoir, or take in the view from the Lookout Point? With the weather cooling down, it’s the perfect time of year to get out and about. If you’re feeling really energetic (or want to work off some Christmas calories!), the hike to the top of Lo Fu Tau is always a lot of fun, and you will be rewarded by breathtaking views at the top. Or, why not invite friends and family for a Boxing Day picnic in the tranquil surroundings of Central Park? You’ll find a handy guide to all 40 of the highlighted attractions at

DB Pier, Central Pier 3, DB Plaza, DB North Plaza and Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong. Pick up your copy and collect five stamps from designated attractions, and you can enjoy a free instant photo shoot at the Christmas Illumination Photo Station in DB Plaza. Of course, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without good food, and DB’s restaurants are all gearing up to serve festive treats that are sure to delight. What better way to celebrate than sharing a delicious meal with loved ones under the dazzling festival lights. Merry Christmas, everyone! And let DB’s 40th anniversary celebrations begin!

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Discovery Bay! To celebrate DB’s 40th anniversary, Hong Kong Resort has put together a list of DB’s top 40 attractions. By revisiting just five of these attractions (and getting your guide stamped), you win yourself a free instant photo shoot at the Christmas Illumination Photo Station in DB Plaza. Simply pick up a guide at DB Pier, Central Pier 3, DB Plaza, DB North Plaza or Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong, and start rediscovering Discovery Bay!

Get into the festive spirit! Have your photo taken at the Christmas Illumination Photo Station in DB Plaza, through January 1, 2018. It’s open 2pm to 11.30pm (Monday to Friday) and 12.45pm to 11.30pm (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays). Shop ‘till you drop at the Handmade Hong Kong Christmas market on December 10. Head on down to DB Plaza from 11am to 6pm. Dance your socks off at the Sparkling Nostalgia Party, December 23 to 26. It’s all happening in DB Plaza from 6.30pm to 8pm.

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GIVEAWAYS

HERE’S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN PRIZES! Around DB prizes are incredibly easy to get your hands on, and you have until December 10 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. Win tickets to Monstersaurus ABA Productions is offering one reader four tickets (worth HK$435 each) to see Monstersaurus, as part of KidsFest! 2018 at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wanchai on January 26 at 5pm. Follow the young inventor Monty as he creates a whole world of whacky inventions and incredible monsters, and then works out what to do with them. This brandPhoto by Alastair Muir new show from the creators of Aliens Love Underpants, Claire Freedman and Ben Cort, is monster-ously good! For tickets, starting at HK$195, visit www.hkticketing.com.

Win a HK$1,000 Jervisbay Barbecues gift voucher Jervisbay Barbecues is offering one reader a HK$1,000 gift voucher to be used on a selection of tableware at its Wong Chuk Hang warehouse. Jervisbay Barbecues stocks Hong Kong’s largest selection of all things barbecue. You’ll find everything from mini portable barbecues to full outdoor kitchens (for salt cooking and smoking), plus accessories, utensils, unbreakable tableware and exotic candles. This month’s crazy warehouse clearance sale sees discounts on barbecue products, homeware, garden accessories and more. Visit www.jervisbaybarbecues.com.

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Win a bracelet from Zen Sisters Zen Sisters is offering one reader a bracelet (worth HK$1,050), which he or she can choose from a selection of different pieces. Zen Sisters’ chic, contemporary jewellery is hand-strung with sterling silver and emblazoned with semiprecious stones. Popular www.zensisters.com throughout Southeast Asia, from Thailand to New Zealand, key pieces are available at the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong and www.zensisters.com, or you can book a private viewing by contacting christa@zensisters.com.

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hen former competitive and show figure skater Linda Huggins talks, you can see the principal soloist lurking within. Nothing is simply said that can also be demonstrated with a flourish of the hands. The effusive, wildhaired native Londoner, who relocated to Discovery Bay way back in 1988, is a performer at heart, and her strengths are on the ice.

of 5am starts before school go into learning the skills to skate at that level,” she says. “I loved every minute of it.” Holiday on Ice Linda – who learnt to skate backwards from the legendary Betty Daphne Callaway-Fittall, Torvill and Dean’s coach – started performing professionally in figure skating

like Holiday on Ice, you do the same routine for five years.” Linda hilariously breaks down an average day with Holiday on Ice, which involved sitting around with hair clamped down in a sponge, in fishnet tights and skates under a dressing gown, and shows that could start as late as 11pm. “I used to know exactly the time to put down my knitting and get the outfit on,” she says.

The only thing that could make Linda’s job more rewarding than it is already would be the rumours of a new ice rink coming to DB being true

Linda recalls auditioning for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express back in 1984, because that show needed a cast that could sing, dance and rollerblade, and who had equity cards. She was, perhaps, a bit cocky. “It was preproduction, and I do my twirls and spins and think, ‘Oh, I’m through.’ But there were West End people there, and then they wanted to hear us sing. I had no idea. Basically they told me, ‘Don’t sell your skates.’” Fortunately, she didn’t.

Crowned British novice champion in the British Figure Skating Championships in 1974, Linda was destined from a very young age to become a top-level competitive skater. She attended the World Professional Figure Skating Championships in both 1980 and 1987. “Hours of training and years

shows in 1980. By 1986 she was principal soloist with the celebrated travelling ice show, Holiday on Ice. In many ways the 70-year-old show shaped her life, not least because it brought her to Hong Kong for the first time. “The pay wasn’t that great but you don’t do it for the money. You do it for the lifestyle and the creativity and the love of performing,” Linda says. “Somewhere like Blackpool Pleasure Beach, where the cast is small, you do new shows every year. With the big travelling shows,

By the late ’80s, this ultra-glamorous side of showbiz got to be too much, and when her eventual husband Michael, a lighting designer, was offered a job in Hong Kong, the young couple decided to make the move. That also meant ‘settling down’ for Linda and giving up the jet set. Fortunately, she immediately fell for Hong Kong. “If I had been asked to live in a little suburb in London, I don’t know that I could have done it,” she says. “But being here was enough of an adventure to appeal to me.” Sticking the landing Linda and Michael settled in Discovery Bay in 1988, in part because Michael’s company owned a flat here for staff. It turned out to Slap bass player for The Triplejacks, Chris Parker be a good fit. 

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“We decided we liked it and would stay. We got used to walking everywhere and to the ferry ride, then we had two sons and it just seemed right,” Linda says. “When I was in the show, it was very international. There were Brazilian and Polish skaters; we toured Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. My friends were from Canada, Chile, Korea… In a way I was living in Discovery Bay all those years, and so DB felt familiar. It’s why I feel at home here.”

have given way to more ambitious kids in Kowloon Tong, who need impressive school applications.

Linda’s taste for skating was inherited from her parents, and she remembers tagging along as a curious four-year-old to their classes at Queens Ice Rink in London. “My mum and dad would go on Thursday nights and take 15-minute lessons and learn ice dance. My aunt would babysit and we’d wait up and beg to come along. It was their passion, really.” Linda’s brother and sister soon lost interest but she “got sucked in”.

Linda’s lessons put an emphasis on artistry – on the presentation elements of the sport that push a skater from 5.6 to 5.8 (or however less expressive way skaters are scored now).

Linda admits that her own sons have never shown any interest in skating. One is in British Columbia working as a forester, the other is a construction manager in Ho Chi Minh City. Teaching the next generation Initially teaching skating at the venerable Riviera Ice Chalet in Tsuen Wan, Linda now provides classes at Festival Walk Glacier, Kowloon Tong. She says she has seen a change in both her students and interest in the sport over nearly 30 years. Local kids and families in Tsuen Wan, who wanted to have fun and maybe get some exercise (and a family trip to the occasional regional competition),

“I teach such a range of kids, and of course I have some talented skaters, but you still have to have fun. [They] have to be disciplined, but [they] have to want to do it – even if they’re nine,” she says. “You want to make sure they’re all getting something out of it. You just have to find out what makes each kid tick.”

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In addition to the classes at Festival Walk, Linda hosts seminars for other coaches, and is secretary for the Ice Skating Institute Asia (ISIA). In November, she was one of the judges at the ISIA Skate Hong Kong competition. The only thing that could make Linda’s job more rewarding than it is already would be the rumours of a new ice rink coming to DB being true. “It would be lovely if there were a rink in DB,” she admits. Could a rink closer to home lure Linda back to performing? She shakes her head. “I was still performing in local rink shows and competitions until quite recently, which is quite rare in skating, and I guess I’m pretty proud of that. But these days I only practise my own jumps and spins to stay fit, or to hone some choreography for students.” We’ll give her a 5.9 anyway.

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hen you think about Discovery Bay, more often than not young families and plenty of space to raise children and walk the dog come to mind. But the reality is that there are also a host of older people in DB, who have chosen to stay and retire here for surprisingly similar reasons. Life is convenient in this corner of Lantau, with everything from groceries to medical services largely accessible. There are transport concessions and as far as Hong Kong goes, the cost of living is very competitive. What’s

more, there is plenty to do for active old folks – think hiking and open spaces for walking – and organised activities for those eager to get amongst the community.

the ease of accessing daily necessities or simply getting around, they can find little to fault with DB.

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“You have shops, restaurants, bars and supermarkets. I love it here; it’s so clean and fresh but what can be a little bit boring sometimes, is that it is just too perfect. When I feel that way, I catch a ferry to see the real Hong Kong,” says Morgan, who has lived in DB with his wife for the past eight years.

When talking to Rani, Rosa and Morgan, one word keeps cropping up and that is ‘convenience’. Whether it be

Morgan also highlights the availability of medical care – the doctor and the dentist – as a plus, and says he finds the

There’s always a flipside, however. Three DB retirees – Rani Gidwani, 87, Rosa Wong, 67, and Morgan Persson, 66 – elaborate on the pros and cons of DB living.

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suggests that the community could do with a nursing home but other than that she couldn’t be happier. She likes “the resort’s unique design, the extensive greenery and the fruit trees that provide oriental charm”.

beyond. Opportunities to volunteer at a number of these initiatives gives the elderly a chance to help others, and provides them with a sense of fulfilment they may not otherwise get.

As it turns out, Morgan, Rosa and Rani all own their own home. Morgan, who is originally from Sweden, says the fact that DB’s property market is slower than many parts of Hong Kong makes it an attractive option from a financial point of view.

Speaking more generally about the supportive nature of DB’s tight-knit community, Rosa says: “I appreciate the friendliness and care of everyone, especially to an elderly lady like me who lives alone.”

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This was brought home to Rosa after she lost consciousness near the main ferry pier back in June.

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Three residents immediately went to her aide, helping her up and making sure she was ok, something she says she will be forever grateful for

close proximity to North Lantau Hospital, which began services in September 2013, reassuring. For Rani, who has lived in DB since December 1988, there really is no place she’d rather be. “I like all of DB. I have lived in many countries and places, and I wouldn’t like to live anywhere else. If I have a choice – ‘ok, now you are retired, where do you want to live?’ – I would live in DB,” she says. “It’s very convenient, everything is available and there is very good transport.” Likewise, Hong Kong-born Rosa, a six-year DB resident, says the resort has “all the major pros”. She

time of life, bringing with it boredom and a growing sense of isolation, but Morgan, Rani and Rosa all feel they have been spared this downside thanks to DB’s ‘small town’ set up. They speak of the plaza as a vibrant and inclusionary social hub, somewhere to hang out with friends or simply people-watch. Morgan says the enjoyment he gets from heading to the weekend markets adds to the overall DB experience. Many DB retirees, meanwhile, look to Love.Together@DB, Hong Kong Resorts’ dedicated community caring and volunteering platform, as a way to meet people and stay active. Retirees can take part in DB-based programmes, like potted planting workshops and recycling projects, and in exercise classes, such as tai chi. Regular eco tours are provided across Lantau and

Three residents immediately went to her aide, helping her up and making sure she was ok, something she says she will be forever grateful for. “The DB ambulance arrived promptly, after just a few minutes,” she recalls, with a smile. Getting about While Hong Kong is not the cheapest place to live, Discovery Bay is certainly a lot more affordable than a lot of areas in the territory, especially when you consider its location and the services at arms’ reach. Concessions for transport – most of which kick in at the age of 65 – are impressive. The costly ferry ride is taken out of the equation, since, for retirees, a one-way ferry fare to Central costs only HK$2, a major discount on the standard HK$40. Also, bus fares are capped at 

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IN FOCUS HK$2 for those using an elderly Octopus card, and retirees travel for free on Sundays within DB. Rosa is hopeful that one day taxis will be able to bring passengers all the way into DB, but she praises the bus services for making her life as easy as possible. “The daily bus services are frequent enough, so I don’t need my golf cart much,” she says. “The drivers are so polite, asking me to sit down before paying. On which bus route outside Discovery Bay could we find such politeness?” The door-to-door service provided by DB hire cars is obviously another real boon for retirees. Rani, who suffers from knee trouble, does say she has trouble boarding hire cars due to their height, but this is one of the few faults she can find with DB living.

Care and support On top of all of this, Hong Kong and DB are enticing holiday destinations, ensuring that retirees who live away from family and friends have frequent visitors. With grown-up children back in Sweden, Morgan thanks the vibrancy of DB for ensuring he still gets to see his family regularly. “I invite them down here and they don’t have any objections to coming because it is really beautiful and there is so much to see in Hong Kong,” he says. Rani sees a similar trend to Morgan when it comes to keeping up with family and friends. “We are originally from New York and my friends come and visit here and they love it,” she says. What’s more, with two sons and two

grandchildren living in DB, Rani is enjoying her golden years in the bosom of her family. “I don’t have to worry about anything, my children won’t let me,” she says. With family living on Hong Kongside, Rosa finds herself in a similar situation. She regularly babysits for her one-year-old grandchild, and her 93-year-old aunt, who lives in a nursing home in Shatin, enjoys the occasional ‘vacation’ in DB. When discussing their retirement, all three DBers stress how much they benefit from the care and companionship of their helpers. As Rani says: “My helper, Noel, takes such good and loving care of me. He has been with us since 2006 and is very much a part of our family. He takes care of me as he would his own mother.”

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his November marked a significant step forward for education in Discovery Bay, with the opening of the new Discovery Bay International School (DBIS) senior school campus at DB North Plaza.

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“DBIS is a true community school,” says Paul Tough, head of school. “It has grown with the wider community and I’m delighted that we’re now able to ensure that children can go right through, from Early Years to Year 13.” The only school in DB to offer the British A-Level curriculum, DBIS prides itself on providing an alternative programme for local students. “I wanted an element of choice for the community,” explains Paul. “We offer an extensive A-Level programme, with over 20 different subjects to choose from. A Levels give students a chance to focus on subjects they have a passion for or

interest in. They are also excellent preparation for higher education.” As with DBIS’ other two campuses, the new learning centre at DB North Plaza is an impressive facility, boasting 15 light, airy, flexible learning spaces over two floors. While the campus has capacity for up to 100 students, it currently provides a base for 20 Year 12s supported by six specialist teachers. “I’m really pleased and impressed with the secondary staff that we’ve recruited,” says Paul. “We had to ensure that they all had previous

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A-Level experience because we’ve introduced subjects like media studies, economics, sociology and psychology, which are all new to the school. Finding the right teachers, who had taught the courses before, was crucial to ensuring that the students had the best possible experience. “The teacher-student interaction is wonderful,” Paul adds. “It’s very much about small-class teaching, which means the level of support the children get is phenomenal.” Paul has also been keen to


undertaking, but the experience the students will take away from it will be extraordinary. I think this will be the first time it has been done in Hong Kong.” It’s this sort of out-of-the-box thinking that keeps DBIS at the forefront of creative arts education, and it ensures that the students stay motivated and keen to get involved. “At DBIS, you ask a question and a forest of hands goes up,” Ken says with a smile. “They’ll volunteer without knowing what they’re volunteering for!” ensure that while the senior school students gain a sense of independence through their new base, they still feel very much part of the wider DBIS community. Specialist lessons are therefore held at the secondary school, where purpose-built areas facilitate subjects such as science, technology and PE. A school bus transports students between campuses. Despite the school’s growth, Paul is adamant that DBIS should not lose its unique character. “I’d like the school to continue to be a different type of school within Hong Kong,” he remarks. “Even though it’s growing in terms of size, I want it to remain a school that parents and people in the community feel they can have access to, a place that is part of their lives.” It’s true that DBIS plays a significant role in the DB community, in particular when it comes to sport and the creative arts. DBIS is known for the success of its sports programme. In addition, each year, the school hosts a number of events that are open to all, where students have the opportunity to perform and share their talents. The very popular Carols on the Pitch, which this year takes place

on December 14, is an annual highlight, attracting a significant number of local residents on the night. There are many other events too, including the annual DBIS Food Fair, as well as concerts organised by the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA). Ken Haggerty, DBIS’ new head of creative arts, joined the school in August, having taught previously throughout Asia and in the Middle East. “The leadership team here are supportive of the creative arts and also very open to suggestions,” Ken says. “We’ve got an idea for something new... we’re going to stage a RockMob!” A RockMob, for those new to the concept, is similar to a FlashMob, but involves a crowd of musicians and singers performing simultaneously to create an incredible sound and spectacle. “Imagine our field filled with drummers, guitarists and singers, all captured on film,” Ken enthuses. “Logistically, it is a huge

Throughout the school, the importance placed on the creative arts is evident. Various interior and exterior walls display bright murals painted by the children with the help of the school’s art teacher, Thomas Carrigan, and artist in residence, Eleanor McColl. The art room is full of incredible pieces too, all of a very high calibre. Ken puts this down to the ability of the DBIS students and the standard of the teaching. “We have incredible staff here,” he says. “The bar is set very high. The school prioritises inclusion and excellence in both teaching and learning.” DBIS doesn’t only focus on the elite students, though. “Paul is keen that every child matters, which I like,” explains Ken. “DBIS wants every child to be involved – that’s the culture of the school.” And it’s that culture that has helped the school grow from its humble beginnings in DB Plaza to the vibrant, supportive community that it is today, one that now takes children from the very beginning of their educational journey to the end of their formal schooling.

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Avoid the Christmas rush by having a to-do list at the ready

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take my hat off to all the amazing women who ‘wing it’ over Christmas. The only way I know how to ‘do’ the festive season is to organise it with military precision and stick rigidly to a to-do list from December 1 onwards. I have to adhere strictly to this list because if I don’t, everything snowballs and total chaos ensues. Christmas is a time for socialising and making merry but it’s not all fun and games, especially if you’re juggling kids’ activities and a fulltime job in the lead-up. Advance planning is needed to put you in the

driver’s seat. Starting now means you’ll spend less money and keep the credit card from skyrocketing to Mars. A long lead-in to the holiday season also cuts out the frantic panic-buy on December 24, which sees you staring wide-eyed at empty shelves, alongside your equally frazzled neighbours. Keeping all that in mind, I’d like to share my idea of a strategically planned DB Christmas with you.

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Assuming you’ve already done your online shopping, you will feel a

certain well-earned smugness this week when you start receiving the parcels in the mail. Find time to wrap presents as they arrive, and pop them straight in the post if they’re headed overseas. Write and post your Christmas cards now too, remembering that Pen ’n Paper has an excellent selection. Next up, take stock of your decorations. It’s always fun putting up the tree and decorating the house but after all the festivities are over, packing them away properly is often way down on our list of priorities. So check your


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‘decks’ now, untangle the fairy lights and don’t panic if anything has weathered badly. DB stores like Nomadic, Rapee Living and Bookazine all have spectacular Christmas decorations, with something to brighten up even the grumpiest Grinch and get you in the Christmas spirit. This is the weekend to buy the ingredients for the Christmas cake to end all Christmas cakes, so get ready to make the first of many ‘festive’ trips to Fusion and Wellcome. You’ll need the dry fruit and the brandy at this stage because the mixture has to soak

for at least two weeks, more if you’re organised. While in the supermarket, you can also pick up your Christmas pudding, or the ingredients to make it. week is ‘set up DECEMBER This the Christmas tree week’. Remember the golden rule: two weeks before to assemble and two weeks afterwards to take it down. You may well have an artificial tree that you bring out every year but if you like the real thing head to Wellcome, or to the Flower Market in Mongkok. The market is open

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late, so you can get there after work, if you can’t wait until the weekend to start trimming the tree and decking the halls. Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten a present. It’s the Handmade Hong Kong market on December 10, so you’ll be able to search for that perfect gift, or just wander the stalls and pick up some extra goodies for your Christmas table. To save yourself the possible disaster of either a tough or too pink turkey, order a pre-cooked one this week. Discovery Bay Golf  Club, Discovery Bay Recreation

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Club, Coyote and The Auberge all provide piping-hot takeaway turkeys right through the Christmas season, and the time this saves you in the kitchen will be heavensent. If tradition is what you like and cooking your own is a must, then you’ll want to order a turkey or ham. For holiday meats, I’ll be looking to Chef’s Choice and Salt & Pepper, and also ordering online at the Farmers Market (www.farmersmarket.com.hk). If you’re an expat and you want to bring a taste of home to your holiday table, now is the time to order some delicious treats online. British Essentials (www.britishessentials.hk), The South African Shop (www.thesouthafricanshop.com) and a & m US Products (www.anmstores.com) all deliver to DB. By now, the festivities will really have kicked in and you’ll have neighbours dropping round for celebratory drinks. For that special case of wine and your Christmas spirits of choice, head to Watson’s Wine or order order online at Wine Brothers (www.winebrothers.com.hk). Don’t forget the rum for the rum balls (Bundaberg rum is fabulous) because this week is ‘rum ball week’. Make them now, and they’ll be even yummier in a week’s time, having soaked up the rum in a sealed container at the back of the fridge.

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This one always gets pushed to the bottom of the to-do list but try to find time this week to pamper yourself. My guess is you live in walking distance of either Nailed it!, M Spa Beauty Centre, Spa

Botanica or Head to Toe Spa. Hopefully you can spare an hour or so for a much-needed facial or massage, but at the very least you’ll want your toes and nails looking their best on the day. Have them done now and book a followup appointment for the 21st. Think about your hair this week too. Will you have time to squeeze in a blow dry on December 24? Make your booking at Afflatus Hair Workshop or Salon De Coiffure now to avoid disappointment. Be sure to keep December 14 free for Carols on the Pitch at Discovery Bay International School. And remember that Santa will be waiting at Club Siena on December 17 for kids to give him their wish lists and have their photos taken. Things are starting to heat up now but take it easy, you’re well ahead of the game! All of your presents are wrapped, your cards are on their way to family and friends back home, and your tree is shimmering and heavy with ornaments in the corner.

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There is however a downside to being so prepared. You’ll probably find that the case of wine, the chocolates and the rum balls that you made last week have disappeared. You’ll need to find time to replenish your stock.

Four days to go: Book a table somewhere special for Boxing Day lunch. Head for your pre-booked mani-pedi, buy some fresh flowers and dash home to do any lastminute wrapping and to recharge the camera. Two days to go: Now’s the time to shop for fresh fruit and vegetables. There will undoubtedly be others like you, madly waving their lists around, so be prepared for the long haul. After that, start defrosting the turkey and… OMG, I knew I’d forgotten something, make the Christmas cake! One day to go: If you weren’t already doing it, panic! Make the stuffing, locate the kids’ Christmas stockings, leave a mince pie out for Santa. Oh, and buy more Prosecco (and Alka-Seltzer) because someone’s bound to drop by for a nightcap.

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Of course, some of you will have opted to head down to The Auberge on Christmas Day for a fuss-free festive lunch at either the Bounty Bar or Café Bord de Mer. In that case, the same rule applies. Laugh a lot and enjoy. Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Little Beans Toy Chest’s high-quality, vintageinspired, plastic-free toys are a great ecofriendly gifting choice. The online boutique features old-time favourites, such as wooden blocks, puzzles and pretend-play sets… all coated in natural oil. Beautiful, quiet books, that can be personalised, are also on offer. Enter code AROUNDDB for 10 percent off.

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Singing in the Choir

Jason Pagliari meets the Lantau ladies in the Hong Kong Women’s Choir, as they prepare for a scintillating Christmas season

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tepping into the DB Marina Club, I check the lobby for a group of sombre, purple-robed ladies singing traditional Christmas carols and 17th century choral arrangements. I’m here to meet the Lantau contingent of the Hong Kong Women’s Choir (HKWC) – Aussie Martine Porter, newbies Miyuki Lynn, who’s Japanese, and Kim Chai, a Malaysian, and the veteran of the four, Hong Konger Teresa Yu – and I’m in for a big surprise.

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The quartet, who all hark from DB apart from Kim, a Mui Wo resident, are as bubbly as can be (they’re not at all sombre) and I quickly learn that they are as familiar with Beyoncé’s songbook as they are

with Bach’s. They’re intensely eager to discuss what being in the HKWC brings to them. Teresa, a soprano, who has sung with the choir for eight seasons, opens by saying: “It’s casual yet formal. It feels good, looks good and is for a good cause.” Song and dance Set up in 1997, the HKWC numbers some 50 singers from across Hong Kong, who perform regularly for worthy causes. Looking back on a successful year, which marked the choir’s 20th anniversary, the Lantauers focus on a glitzy celebratory concert held in June at Western Market.

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The 65-singer Party in the Market event sold out, with proceeds going to Variety Children’s Charity of Hong Kong. “The dress theme was silver and gold; emails and texts were flying about, as no one knew where to get a top,” Martine, a mezzo soprano, recalls. “Miyuki was right next to me on the stage and had the same top as me; we looked like twins.” It turns out that the theme for summer 2017 was female pop singers over the past 20 years – Beyoncé, Adele, Christina Aguilera, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry among them. “The contemporary approach makes it accessible,” says Kim, an alto.


Christmas performances The HKWC’s two major annual concerts (summer and Christmas) are each preceded by a show at the China Coast Community, a home for the elderly in Kowloon Tong. These ‘dress rehearsals’ are a favourite among the ladies, who are now working up to a performance for the old folk on December 6. The main event, this year, is a Christmas Brunch Party at

performing at weddings, parties and corporate events, with all proceeds going to charity. The choir is always accompanied by one of its pianists, but a smaller a-cappella group, Grace Notes, performs at small, private venues where accompaniment isn’t available. Fun and games HKWC is open to women of any age, and the HK$2,000 membership per season covers

It’s serious, you get the pressure but it’s not too high pressure and you enjoy it

Miyuki Lynn, Martine Porter, Teresa Yu and Kim Chai showing off their pop star moves

Song selections are made by the HKWC committee and music director Ronald Lam. “They are very committed and Ronald works really hard and is a lot of fun,” soprano Miyuki says. “He also comes up with a lot of the choreography.” Yes, the choir dances as well. “The moves are very intense; it pushes us out of our comfort zones every time,” says Martine. “We think we can’t possibly do all this, yet we do it and the audience thinks it’s ok. We surprise ourselves all the time, and we find that once you have the moves, the lyrics come easier.”

Grappa’s Cellar in Central on December 10. You can also catch the choir’s Children’s Christmas Tea Party at Li Sing Tai Hang School, in Causeway Bay, on December 2. Proceeds are again going to Variety Children’s Charity of Hong Kong, which funds and delivers effective programmes to address the needs of disadvantaged local children. The HKWC also takes pride in providing free concerts, organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, at public housing estate open spaces and in shopping malls. Expect performances at IFC Mall on December 11, and at Hong Kong MTR Station on December 15. Going forward, the HKWC is looking to extend its reach by

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the cost of music scores, accompanists, room hire and the like. There are two practice sessions a week in Sheung Wan Civic Centre, with many choristers attending both. “It’s serious, you get the pressure but it’s not too high pressure and you enjoy it. Everyone goes there to have fun,” says Teresa. “And it’s such a diverse range of women, everyone has an interesting story once you get to know them,” chimes in Martine. “I tried the HKUAAC [Hong Kong University Alumni Association Choir]. That’s pretty serious, and you have to be able to read music scores,” Kim says. But not so with the HKWC: “You just need a reasonable ear, there’s no need to read music and the auditions are really easy.”

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or those of us who celebrate it, Christmas can be a joyous festival all about family. Of course, it’s also a time for sharing gifts with our nearest and dearest; but in our eagerness to treat our loved ones to something special, it can be easy to lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas. “The pressure of consumer culture is all around us, and it’s impossible to avoid at the best of times, but particularly at Christmas,” says counsellor and psychologist Libby Bentham of Discovery Bay’s Integrated Medicine Institute. “Those with low levels of wellbeing are more likely to buy into this culture in order to feel better about themselves. But it actually has the opposite effect, and causes a downward spiral that is detrimental.”

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Keeping up with the Joneses This detrimental effect is particularly pronounced in children and teens, who may be particularly sensitive to the perception and criticism of their peers, and may not yet have fully developed their sense of self-worth. Libby explains, “Rejection from peers seems to predict higher levels of perceived consumer culture pressure, which in turn predicts higher levels of materialism and overspending. This creates a vicious cycle, where children or teens are left still feeling socially isolated.” This sense of isolation, and the unhealthy preoccupation with filling that gap, may manifest itself in a number of ways, including excessive consumerism – behaviour that Libby says can become compulsive. “A consumer addiction will start as a preoccupation with buying or acquiring more ‘stuff’ and the need to always be ‘in style’. Gradually people might lose interest in other activities that were

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Kate Farr takes a look at the commercialisation of Christmas, and suggests a few festive alternatives that put over-consumption firmly back in its box previously enjoyed, becoming defensive, leading eventually to denial – blocking the awareness that this behaviour has become destructive, and justifying it as relief from stress. Ultimately, it turns into measuring their sense of value as a person on the possessions they have.” As parents of impressionable children, it can also be wise to look at our own habits and language. Light-hearted talk of ‘retail therapy’ may inadvertently reinforce the idea that the best way to brighten your day is buying something new. But where most adults can recognise that this quick-fix approach doesn’t

address serious problems, children and teens may not have the ability to reason this out. Libby clarifies, “The motive [for consumer addiction] is often about seeking to fill a hole that a person feels inside themselves. Spending may temporarily offer relief, but in the long run, the hole is still there. Therefore as parents, it is important to try to foster a lifestyle that builds a core sense of self-worth.” Daring to be different Building self-worth begins with identifying and enforcing the right boundaries for your family. And 

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Get kids to gift their time

when it comes to applying those principles to the festive season, Libby suggests that parents begin by asking themselves questions such as ‘What do the children have?’ ‘What do they need?’ and ‘What is our financial situation like?’ Once you have those answers, it’s easier to decide on – and stick to – a budget for gifts. And while Libby suggests keeping spending low, she also suggests leaving wriggle room in the budget for a ‘big year’ every now and then. “Refuse to buy into the societal pressure of having to have a ‘perfect’ Christmas,” she says. “Relax and enjoy the time together, and remind children what Christmas is about, according to your own philosophy.” Another trick Libby suggests employing when it comes to Christmas shopping for children comes in the form of an easy mantra: “Something they want, something they need, something

to wear, something to read.” This leaves plenty of scope for practical gifting with a few treats that will be genuinely well-received. And for parents looking for alternatives to the traditional avalanche of gifts in favour of making lasting memories, Libby suggests thinking outside the box. “Take a family photo, decorate your apartment and Christmas tree together, involve the children in Christmas dinner preparation, head to festive events such as carol services or theatre shows as a family, do something for charity or take a special family outing,” she says. “Give simple stockings filled with small gifts including things like a piece of fruit… try something different!”

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• Impact HK began with the idea of one act of kindness per month for the underprivileged in Hong Kong, and has since grown to a full programme of monthly initiatives, events and fundraisers. Older kids and teens may benefit from joining one of the group’s monthly Kindness Walks, where donations of clothing, toiletries and food are distributed in various locations around the city. Visit www.impacthk.org • Feeding Hong Kong’s weekly Bread Run involves willing volunteers of any age in collecting surplus bread from bakeries to send to schools, shelters and charities. The organisation also invites groups to host Food Drive initiatives, collecting nonperishable items such as rice, cooking oil, and canned and dried goods to redistribute to a variety of good causes. Visit www.feedinghk.org

• Integrated Medicine Institute, www.imi.com.hk

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A pencil-thin, Art Deco masterpiece in Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building has starred in some great romantic scenes, both on- and off-screen. Don’t settle for the sublime views of the city from the 86th-floor deck, head on up six stories to the 102nd-floor observatory – few visitors make it this far.

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NYC is surprisingly rich in green spaces from Central Park in Midtown Manhattan to the even more relaxed Prospect Park in Brooklyn. But the High Line, an elevated ‘walking park’ that runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street in Chelsea, is now one of the city’s most visited. Wander along curving walkways, gather around picnic tables, marvel at the art installations, and soak up views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline.

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For the best bagels in NYC, head to the Lower East Side. While Russ and Daughters is a local institution that has been celebrated for its lox since 1914, Katz’s Delicatessen is known for its mouth-watering pastrami (and for providing the backdrop to the unforgettable ‘I’ll have what she’s having scene’ in the 1989 blockbuster When Harry Met Sally). 

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Walk the Brooklyn Bridge

Pay your respects at the 9/11 Memorial

Stretching over the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge promenade – a boardwalk elevated above the roadway – delivers Instagramworthy views. Once in Brooklyn, be sure to explore Williamsburg for its art galleries, boutiques and sensational open-air food market, Smogasburg.

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NYC’s Theatre District, better known as Broadway, comprises over 40 theatres located in the area surrounding Times Square. This is the place to be if you want to catch a big-budget musical, a high-minded play or a Hollywood star’s stage debut. The TKTS booth in Times Square sells same-day tickets at a discount.

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Catch a ball game

You’ll want to catch a home game of basketball, baseball or American football when in NYC, if only to soak up the atmosphere. See the New York Knickerbockers (the Knicks) play at Madison Square Garden in Midtown Manhattan, the New York Yankees at the Yankee Stadium up in the Bronx, and the New York Giants at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

At the National September 11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan, bronze panels are inscribed with the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terrorist attacks of 2001 and 1993. Marking the spot where the Twin Towers once stood, the memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in the US.

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A gift from the people of France in 1886, the Statue of Liberty was built by Gustave Eiffel. This 91-metre bronze colossus, representing the Roman goddess Libertas, holds a torch above her head and a tablet inscribed with the date of the US Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. To pay her a visit, take the ferry to Liberty Island from Battery Park.

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Modelled after an ancient Roman public bath and opened in 1871, Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan is a truly majestic building bedecked with chandeliers and fibre optics. Nearly 700,000 commuters and subway riders use it daily, and the main concourse is 60-metres long, 36-metres wide and 36-metres high.

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Turkey paté Serves 4

• 2 oz fatty bacon, diced • 4½ oz liver paste • 4 oz cooked turkey, finely chopped • 1 garlic clove, crushed • 1 tsp parsley, finely chopped • 1 tsp chives, finely chopped

Fry the bacon, without extra fat, for about 5 minutes over a medium heat. Pour off the fat and blend it with the liver paste. Mix in the turkey, garlic, parsley and chives. Season well. Pack the paté in a small earthenware dish. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Serve with hot toast.

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RECIPES

Turkey à la King Serves 4

• 4 oz mushrooms • 4 oz green pepper, chopped • 2 oz butter • 2 oz all-purpose flour • ½ chicken stock cube • ¼ pint single cream or milk • 10 oz cooked turkey, chopped • 3 oz red pepper, diced

Cook the mushrooms and green pepper in butter over a medium heat for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the flour and half a chicken stock cube. Return to the heat, stir for 1 minute then add the cream. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until slightly thickened. Add the turkey and red pepper, season well and heat through. Serve with buttered pasta or rice. 

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RECIPES

Turkey enchiladas Serves 4 • 5 tbsp chilli powder • 2 tsp ground cumin • 3½ cloves garlic, minced • 1 tsp cinnamon • ¼ tsp ground cloves • 2 oz all-purpose flour • 4 oz turkey stock • 1 medium onion, chopped • 2 jalapenos, minced • 12 oz cooked turkey, chopped • 15 oz can black beans, drained • 2 oz coriander, chopped • 2 tbsp lime juice • 8 oz cheddar cheese, grated • 8 flour tortillas To make the enchilada sauce, fry the chilli powder, cumin, ½ clove garlic, cinnamon, cloves and flour. Add the stock, simmer and remove from the heat. To prepare the filling, fry the onions, jalapenos and 3 cloves garlic. Remove from the heat and mix in the turkey, black beans, coriander, lime juice, 4 oz cheese and 2 oz enchilada sauce. Dip the tortillas in the enchilada sauce and divide the filling between them. Cover with the remaining sauce and cheese. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes at 175°C. Serve with sour cream, lime juice, coriander and cranberries. Find more classic recipes @ www.arounddb.com

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Christian Marclay’s first exhibition in Hong Kong includes a series of unique, large-scale woodcut prints that explore the physical and cultural intersection of sound and vision. The combination of collage, digital technology and traditional printmaking techniques provides the potential for multiple narratives. For more information, visit www.whitecube.com.

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HONG KONG WINTERFEST Across Hong Kong

December 1- January 1

ALADDIN – THE PANTO Shouson Theatre, Wanchai

Hong Kong Players’ Aladdin – the Panto features wellloved characters, an ensemble of all-singing, all-dancing youngsters and a brand-new script that’s appealing to the whole family. In pantomime, the audience is the most important element, so everyone is invited to participate. For tickets, starting at HK$320, visit www.hongkongplayers.com www.urbtix.hk.

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Hong Kong Winterfest offers up special holiday events, attractions, shopping and more to get you in the festive spirit! Make your way to the iconic Statue Square Christmas Tree and watch the multimedia shows – A Symphony of Lights and the Hong Kong Pulse Light Show. For more information, visit www.discoverhongkong.com.

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Join American wine critic James Suckling at the Great Wines of Italy: Hong Kong Grand Tasting, the region’s largest premium wine showcase. Savour and discover a selection of Italy’s most sought-after wines from over 90 prestigious brands and premier boutique wineries. For tickets, starting at HK$850, visit  www.wikimedia.org www.eventbrite.com.

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HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL RACES Sha Tin Racecourse, Sha Tin

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December 10

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December 15-16

The Longines Hong Kong International Races are a top attraction in world racing, with horses from every continent aiming to enhance their reputations. With legendary hospitality and a HK$64 million prize pot divided between the four main races, challengers and their entourage are welcomed by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. For more information, visit www.hkjc.com.

THE NUTCRACKER Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui December 15-26

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The UK’s largest electronic music brand is bringing the biggest electronic dance party to Hong Kong for the first time. Expect a world-class line-up of powerful, energetic and unique performances, and a top-notch production crew. Headliners include Above & Beyond, Flume, Galantis and Marshmello. For tickets, starting at HK$888, visit www.hotdogtix.com. www.wikimedia.org

Experience the magic of Clara and Fritz’s great adventure in The Nutcracker. Let them capture your imagination and transport you to a world of toy soldiers, dolls, sword fights and snowflakes. Enjoy Tchaikovsky’s iconic music performed by Hong Kong Sinfonietta. For tickets, starting at HK$180, visit www.urbtix.hk.

December 31

EAT-PRAY-ART IMMERSE DAY 3812 Gallery, Sai Ying Pun

During this three-hour immersion activity, you get the chance to taste creative, quality food and wine, while discovering hidden art galleries and street art in one of Hong Kong’s hippest districts. The combination of culinary, gallery and street art makes for a lot of fun. For tickets, starting at HK$750, visit www.eventbrite.hk.

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NEW YEAR COUNTDOWN Victoria Harbour

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Glamorous, exciting Hong Kong is a great place to welcome in the New Year! Take part in the countdown celebrations and enjoy amazing fireworks and pyrotechnics that light up the skies as the clock strikes midnight. For more information, visit www.discoverhongkong.com.


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WORSHIP SERVICE Discovery College Sundays @ 10am CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP PRACTICAL BIBLE TEACHING KIDS CHURCH & TEENS

Alcoholics Anonymous

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

Alcoholics No dues or fees. Anonymous

24hr hotline:9073 6922

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

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

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EMPLOYMENT

DELIVERY PERSON/ MESSENGER

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

HOME SERVICES

FTC RELOCATIONS

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

FLAT PAINTING & HANDYMAN WORKS

• Painting & handyman works, interior & exterior • PU waterproof injection for external walls • Astro-turfing, tiling & electrics

HOME SERVICES

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AKASH MOVING & HANDYMAN SERVICES

TUITION & COURSES

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

MANDARIN CHINESE CLASSROOM

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

TUITION & COURSES

LEARN SPANISH

• Native speaker • DELE examiner & experienced teacher • IB, IGCSE, A Level & HKDSE Business Spanish • Courses for adults • Flexible schedule & locations • Special offers for DB & Tung Chung students Contact Erik at 9666 9511, rerikm@hotmail.com

ENGLISH TUTOR/TEACHER

• BA degree in English from a US university • Over 10 years’ teaching & tutoring experience, with children, teens & adults at all levels of fluency • DB-based, flexible schedule & reasonable rates • Learn to understand, speak & write English well • Build confidence & increase your vocabulary • Write better essays & improve schoolwork Call, text or What’s App Charles at 9406 8342

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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

2-BED IN CHERISH COURT, DB

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

LUXURY DB 2-BED

Newly renovated, 2-bed flat with balcony. Luxuriously furnished, with TV, cable & broadband. Panoramic harbour views & short walk to pier. Contact Charles on 6140 7971, charles@headlandhomes.hk. Contact Katie on 9150 7319, katie@headlandhomes.hk

FULLY FURNISHED DB 1-BED

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

OVERSEAS PROPERTY SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS COTTAGE FOR SALE

Charming 3 double-bedroom cottage in the historic spa village of Strathpeffer, Ross-shire for sale. Ideal for walks, golf, fishing & skiing. Airport nearby, reasonable drive to Inverness. Contact evanjones@netvigator.com

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CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES

FTC Apparel

2428 2566 FOOD, RESTAURANTS & BARS

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

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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

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HOME & REPAIRS

Akash Removals Mega Power Engineering/Locksmiths Shun Yu Engineering

2421 8088 2109 2330 2988 1488 HOTELS

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

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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 The Story Studio 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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UTILITY, SERVICES & EMERGENCY HOTLINES

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

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Bahce - Turkish Restaurant Café Bar Bathers Caffe Paradiso (Tom’s Café) Cafe Isara China Bear Deer Horn Restaurant & Bar Di Jerk Shed Kebab Korner La Pizzeria Lantana Italian Bistro Long Island Mavericks Restaurant Mucho Gusto Robert’s Market Stoep @ High Tide Restaurant The China Beach Club The Gallery The Kitchen The Water Buffalo

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Jill Marshall Pilates Kremer Method/ Bowen Therapy South Lantau Paddle Club Thai Palin Massage Thai Sa Baai Tony’s Salon Treasure Island

9708 0187 9827 9911 9688 9112 9062 0148 5228 6552 2984 0990 2546 3543 HOME & REPAIRS

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

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Mui Wo Inn Silvermine Beach Resort Tai O Heritage Hotel

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

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PROPERTY AGENCIES

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

2984 8334 3483 5003 2984 1666 RETAIL

Friendly Bike Shop Greenstyle Organic & Healthcare Island Wines Lantau Base Camp Lantau Grocer Quay House Red Hall Chinese Antiques ZenvarA

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Jumping Castles SPCA Miriam Safadi Photography Parteezi Phoenix Wills

9662 1747 2984 0060 5145 0227 6112 9842 6108 8471 TRANSPORTATION

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

2984 2268 2984 8494 2984 8255 2984 9848


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

2987 2259 2987 2987 2987 2987 2666 2834 2537 2987 2987 2468 2259

0855 3422 9909 8136 7061 5633 6183 7276 1087 7575 9003 3577 3422

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

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

DAILY NECESSITIES 2987 2792 2987 2448 2987 2947

GOODWINS OF LONDON

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

Latin & Ballroom classes for adults and children, Zumba, Pilates, Piloxing, Yoga, Beat Cardio Fusion, Belly Dance and many more... 5194 9630 info@thebeat.com.hk www.thebeat.com.hk

3102 2977 5690 4960 2987 8460

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

Future Stars Dance Academy

The Beat

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES Action X, North Plaza Little Whale Nomadic

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LEARNING CENTRES

COMMUNITY & HEALTH

4401 0530 7486 1180 4089 9092

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

9502 2529 2987 2987 2987 2987 2987 2987

2381 8256 8873 1777 8898 0428 1368 5151

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

FINANCIAL SERVICES

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

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

2160 8585 2233 3000

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

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2987 1373 2914 2378

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

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

2987 2987 2987 2987 2987

8484 2023 2088 2987 6238

FOOD & BEVERAGE, HOTELS

Nura Rolls Over 60 varieties of rolls. Outside catering and home delivery available. G13A, North Plaza, (Next to Wellcome) Tel: 2652 6613 www.nurarolls.com 22º North Auberge Discovery Bay (Hotel), North Plaza Café Bord de Mer & Lounge Café Duvet Caffe Pascucci Cali-Mex Coyote Mexican Cantina Chef’s Choice, North Plaza Ebeneezer’s Figos Seaside Café First Korean Restaurant

2987 2295 2295 2987 2591 2904 2987 2172 2987 2987 2987

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DB NUMBERS FOOD & BEVERAGE, HOTELS Fresh Fruit Juice Paradise Hemingway’s by the Bay il Bel Paese Island Café Jaspa’s, North Plaza 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 Salt & Pepper Solera Subway The Pier Bar Uncle Russ, DB Plaza Uncle Russ, North Plaza Zak’s

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SOCIAL, SPORTS & EQUIPMENT

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

Greenwich Vinyasa Greenwich specialises in yoga and kickboxing classes designed for kids, women, men and seniors. No package, no joining fee system. 9685 8366 www.greenwich-vinyasa.com.hk.

HK Dragons Football Club Football for 2.5 - to 14 - year old girls and boys 2987 4274 www.dragons.hk

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

2914 2914 2987 2987 5303 2987 2987

2727 0186 7351 6348 3489 0208 9368

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

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

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

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

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4833 7382 4277 8248 9591 7273 7381 8712 0098 5591

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

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

2987 2987 2499 2987 2987

0283 2060 8826 4112 9198

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try to stay in the moment, figuring it’s all I’ve got. Recently I flicked through a pile of my old newspaper columns and books and it struck me that almost none of it would get published today. It’s too politically incorrect. I agree with Monty Python’s John Cleese who said recently that political correctness started out as a halfway decent idea and has become trifling and silly. A majority of people are literal and pedantically minded, as opposed to those like myself who are all irony. Literal thinkers have won the day, which is why Bill Maher’s popular show Politically Incorrect was eventually canned. Bill moved on to success in cable TV, where he is not subject to the whims of the word and phrase cops. Soft, politically correct language is upon us with a vengeance. Your bus driver is now a coach captain; part-time staff at your local fast-food joint are a courtesy service crew; garbage collectors are a waste-disposal management team; the assistants at the airport carousel are baggage ambassadors; doctors talk about negative outcomes; and no one dies anymore, we pass away.

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Years ago, if we weren’t too excited about Christmas, we sent Merry Christmas cards regardless. Nowadays, there are pedants (whose primary function is to make me want to boil them in oil) for whom this greeting is no longer ok. Some, who are not of the

The big buck$ Repelled by beige phrases like Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays, Peter Sherwood wishes you a politically incorrect Christmas

Christian persuasion, even find the word ‘Christmas’ objectionable. Its abbreviation ‘Xmas’ can also be the cause of squawking protests, with dogmatists bleating that it offends by taking ‘Christ’ out of the celebration. That just leaves ‘merry,’ and if I go around wishing everyone ‘a merry,’ I’ll be placed in confinement. There are people crying out for something, anything, to be offended by. And they’re in luck; I’m an equal opportunity offender. In the US, where being offended is a national pastime, greetings card jokers avoid mass paroxysms of righteousness with ‘Seasons Greetings’ and ‘Happy Holidays;’ neat beige phrases designed to limit any religious or anti-religious letters to the editor. If Christmas is a season, must we now add it to summer, winter, etc.,

and does this new seasonality include New Year’s Eve? Is it ok to wish someone a Happy New Year? Happy or miserable, New Year is begging for negative connotations among the politically correct, who imagine that wishing someone a Happy New Year violates someone else’s human right to be suicidal. Happy or merry, Christmas is big bucks (or for the politically correct, large male reindeers), with a December take of around US$3.2 trillion in the US alone. Most countries and cultures are deep into the business of Christmas, through the commercial involvement of millions of people, who wouldn’t know Bethlehem from Bhimavaram, or red-nosed Rudolph from a rhesus macaque. Meanwhile, from me: Money’s short/ times are hard/ here’s your DB Christmas card. Have a merry!

Peter Sherwood has lived in DB for 18 years. The former head of an international public relations firm, Peter is the author of 15 books and has written around 400 satirical columns for the South China Morning Post.

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