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CONTENTS January 2017



Aquathlon world champion John Campbell

Filming with drones






Residents discuss the future of DB

Five resort getaways for dedicated foodies



FAMILY MATTERS How healthy is your children’s clothing?













GIVEAWAYS Win big prizes




RECIPES Hearty winter soups


DB FACES Community snaps


OUT THERE Island life

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DBRC TENNIS COMPETITION The Discovery Bay Recreation Club’s (DBRC) annual tennis championships came to a close with a host of DBers having had great seasons. Maeve O’Rorke and Ashley Hegland won the mixed doubles, Sean and Warren Blight the parentchild doubles, and Markus Enders and Thomas Wadle the men’s doubles, while the women’s doubles went to Ann Whittle and Alison Whalley. Richard Beck was crowned the men’s singles champion, Emma Loeffler saluted in the women’s singles and Rogelio Dela Torre won the men’s legends singles.




Discovery College (DC) was abuzz during December, with a great crowd turning out for the annual Family Fun Day on December 3. Also in December, DC students took part in workshops and master classes and there were shows, exhibitions and performances during the Discovery Culture Festival.

Photos courtesy of DC

YHKCC INTERNATIONAL FUN FAIR A good time was had by all at the YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College (YHKCC) International Fun Fair on December 10. In addition to the seasonal bazaar, game booths and food stalls, families enjoyed talent shows and hot-air ballooning.

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DBIS CAROLS ON THE PITCH The annual Discovery Bay International School Carols on the Pitch was as successful as ever on December 8, with a healthy crowd taking in a range of orchestral and choral performances.

NATIVITY IN THE PLAZA Organised by Discovery Bay International Community Church, Discovery Bay Church and Church of the Incarnation, Nativity in the Plaza on December 18 treated DBers to Christmas carols and a narration of the nativity.


January 2017

BASKETBALL COMPETITION The DB Basketball Tournament Community Health Cup, organised by City Management and Love.Together@DB, was a huge success on November 27. The tournament was held with the aim of promoting a healthy lifestyle and community cohesion. With eight teams taking part, G-Six won the final 30-20 against DB Ballers.

Photos by Miriam Safadi

LANTAU ROTARY PRISON VISIT Photos courtesy of the Rotary E-Club of Lantau

The Rotary E-Club of Lantau visited Sha Tsui Correctional Institution at Shek Pik recently, seeing detainees undergoing education classes, vocational training, foot drills and physical training lessons. The Rotarians met a young detainee in order to allow them to understand more about the centre’s rehabilitation programme.

CHILDREN’S CHARITY CONCERT Uganda-based Watoto Children’s Choir was a hit at an event presented by Watoto Hong Kong and the Discovery Mind Educational Organisation on December 3. While raising awareness about the plight of Africa’s orphaned children, HK$50,000 was collected.

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ZINC TESTING AT IMI Integrated Medicine Institute, DB North Plaza Head along to the Integrated Medicine Institute (IMI) during January and find out if you are one of the many people with a zinc deficiency. Those with a zinc deficiency can be susceptible to weak immunity, thinning hair, weak nails and food allergies, among other things. No appointment is necessary and more information is available by contacting 2537 1087 or visiting

Throughout January

Students celebrate and learn January 3-6 about the diverse Discovery Bay International School (DBIS) community across all three phases of the school during Internationalism Week. While leading their own learning, students are presented with a series of stimuli to enable them to think critically Photo courtesy of DBIS about themselves and their community. The aim is to develop an understanding of internationalism at DBIS and what it means to students, parents, carers and staff. Throughout January

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The Beat and Tatyana Kuvardina are here to help you kick your sugar cravings at a free health talk. Issues covered include the impact of sugar on our bodies and emotions, the cause of cravings, how lifestyle affects cravings and why sugar is so addictive. Get ready to learn how you can regain control and transform your relationship with sugar. Admission is free, so contact or 5194 9630 before January 5 to register.


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Zak’s, DB Change the way you think about sugar and healthy food by watching That Sugar Film. Damon Gameau documents the effects of a high-sugar diet on a healthy body. Showing at 7.30pm, HK$40 donations are welcome at the door. Films 4 Change Movie Nights in DB is a monthly event showcasing documentaries that focus on the environment, sustainability and health. Find out more on the Films 4 Change in DB Facebook page.

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organised by Plastic Free Seas and DB Green, at Sam Pak Wan from 3pm to 5pm. Visit

ENRICH’S MONEYWISE WORKSHOP Enrich Centre, Queen’s Road Central


Discovery Bay International School Discovery Bay International January 20-22 School (DBIS) welcomes students from six schools based in Hong Kong, Jakarta, Singapore and Russia during the ISTA Middle School Festival, with the festival culminating in a performance at 4pm on January 22. The festival’s theme is Illumination and Hope Photo courtesy of DBIS and it aims to promote students’ understanding of Hong Kong’s community of Filipino helpers.

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Pirates International All-Girls Beach Festival at Tai Pak Wan. To get involved, visit

January 22

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


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Running from 2pm to 6pm, Enrich Hong Kong’s MoneyWise Newcomers Workshop aims to help domestic workers adjust to working in Hong Kong. It specifically targets those who have been here for two years or less, instilling in them healthy money-management habits. The workshop is free, so email or call 2386 5811 to sign up.

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CELEBRATE LUNAR NEW YEAR Discovery Bay Recreation Club

January 28

HAPPY 2017! KUNG HEI FAT CHOY! Wishing all our loyal readers and advertisers a very happy and prosperous Year of the Rooster!

Ring in Chinese New Year (CNY) at the Discovery Bay Recreation Club (DBRC). To enjoy the CNY fireworks (and dinner) from a boat on the harbour, make your booking now at You can also catch traditional lion dancing at both the DBRC and Club Siena. Call 3156 7425 for more information. January 2017






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The annual Discovery Bay International School (DBIS) International Food Fair is one of the largest community events in DB, offering a range of culinary delights from all corners of the globe. You can also look forward to music and singing, plus a host of commercial and charity stalls.

The 24th edition of DB’s biggest and best tennis event is on the horizon, so start sharpening your skills and working on your fitness, not to mention a whacky national costume. To register, visit Discovery Bay Recreation Club at

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ituated in easy to reach Kowloon Tong, Yew Chung International School (YCIS) offers the best of bilingual education for children aged six months to 18 years. Research has shown that educating a child in a dual-language environment has incredible benefits. It improves attention span and provides a form of ‘brain training,’ which profoundly affects the way the brain responds to sound. Bilingualism also increases brain growth and the ability to handle multiple tasks at once, leading to an individual with highly developed executive functioning. A better brain is certainly not the only benefit of a bilingual education. Students who speak two languages are predisposed to speaking a third or even fourth language in the future. In later life, those who speak a second language have also been shown to have greater protection against Alzheimer’s, with the older bilingual brain working more efficiently and functioning more like that of a much younger adult.

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With over a quarter of the world’s population speaking Chinese and a quarter speaking English, it is clear that bilingualism in these two world languages has enormous benefits. The career prospects of a well-rounded bilingual individual, one who is able to bridge the gap between East and West, look very promising. For many parents around the world, the desire to have their child speak Chinese fluently is already present; it is the means of achieving this, which is in question. Dr Troy Liu, head of Chinese Curriculum and Research Division (CCRD) at YCIS, has more than two decades of experience in the field. He leads a highly motivated team in pursuit of maximising students’ Chinese language acquisition and cultural understanding.

CCRD works together with the CoPrincipals of each section of the school (Early Childhood Education, Primary and Secondary) to implement a strong and accessible Chinese Programme. It offers a bespoke solution with different pathways for students with Chinese as a First Language or Additional Language. Courses lead students towards attaining the IGCSE or IB Diploma qualifications. Some may argue that learning Chinese is too difficult for expatriate children, but this is simply not the case. Chinese has no tenses, no cases and, no gender; it has simple grammar. Knowledge of 3,000 characters will give a reasonable degree of fluency, and writing those characters is not too hard to grasp, especially for younger children.

to Huang Shan; Year 8 students to Shanxi; and Year 9 students to Beijing and Taiwan. Each year YCIS invests a great amount of resources in continuous research and development of its Chinese curriculum. The ultimate aim is that students attain their optimum level of fluency as well as crosscultural appreciation, setting them up with a solid foundation for 21st century success.

The ability to move between two cultures, and two languages, is an invaluable skill. YCIS’ China Classroom Programme enables students to interact with Mandarin speakers and to explore the millenniaold civilisation. The China Classroom Programme provides learning on a cultural level, through immersion in Chinese life. Year 7 students travel

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

Win tickets to see The Way Back Home YOUR PRIZE: ABA Productions is offering one reader four tickets (worth HK$435 each) to see The Way Back Home at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wanchai, on January 6 at 5pm. (Readers entering this competition need to do so by January 4).

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FIND THE ANSWER: ABA Productions is kicking off Kidsfest 2017 with The Way Back Home, January 6 to 8. Based on the beautiful children’s book by Oliver Jeffers, a boy finds a little plane in a cupboard and flies it to the moon, where he meets a Martian. Will the two become friends? And how will they find their way back home? For tickets, starting at HK$195, visit

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YOUR PRIZE: My Wine Man is offering one reader a magnum of Perrier Jouet Brut NV. FIND THE ANSWER: Now delivering to Discovery Bay and South Lantau, My Wine Man specialises in attractively priced Champagne, and Australian and New Zealand wines. It is currently offering Perrier Jouet Brut NV at HK$249 per bottle and Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016 at HK$169 per bottle. To place an order, email

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Win a Faust holiday workshop When was YOUR PRIZE: Faust International Youth Theatre is offering one child Faust formed? a place at one of its Chinese New Year or Easter holiday workshops in Sheung Wan. The former are worth HK$1,790, the latter HK$2,280. FIND THE ANSWER: Aiming to nurture creative talent through the performing arts since 1999, Faust’s workshops provide a fun-filled learning environment for children aged three to 18. Holiday Theatre (for kids aged four to 12) Photo courtesy of Faust International and Creative Writing (for kids aged six to 13) run from February 1 to 3, April 3 to 6 and April 10 to 13. Visit

Congratulations to last month’s winners Kelly Crawford and Alana Byrne for a PEEKair air-quality monitor from Peek Concepts; Erika Cianfarani for tickets to see Why the Whales Came; Olga Anikina and Sue Wong for tickets to see The Snow Queen; and Jennifer Hu for a holiday workshop with Faust International.


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DB resident John Campbell proves you’re never too old to become a world-class athlete. Elizabeth Kerr reports

John Campbell is coming off a win at the ITU Aquathlon World Championships in Mexico

January 2017


o not, under any circumstances, ask John Campbell to ride a bicycle. The part-time athlete and architectural consultant who’s coming off a win at the ITU Aquathlon World Championships in Cozumel, Mexico is willing to risk offending cycling aficionados when explaining his preferred two-sport competitions.

three times a week for five or six weeks. If I trained with others more regularly I know both my running and swimming could get a lot faster again.” The day job An architect by trade, John landed in Hong Kong in 2010 after travelling back and forth from London six times a year since 1992. While with

“That keeps me quite busy,” he notes as an understatement. Perched on the verge of permanent residency, John recalls his first impressions of Hong Kong as crowded, polluted and noisy, and he found the peculiarities that make the city what it is confounding. “I couldn’t quite work out the behaviour of the people. I never understood not holding a door open or sitting at opposite ends of a bus and shouting at each other,” he remembers with a sardonic laugh.


“I don’t do triathlons because I don’t like bikes. I bought an expensive bike last year and I’ve used it three times. I’m not built for bikes. It’s not much of an exercise. I know I’m going to insult a lot of cyclists but when I run I’m constantly under stress,” John says with an absolutely straight face, adding a comment about post-cycling soreness. “My bum’s just not built for it.”

I bought an expensive bike last year and I’ve used it three times. My bum’s just not built for it

Bone dry in a way that only Scots can be, the UK native and six-year Hong Kong resident is also, arguably, the city’s most low-profile, world-class athlete. John can name-drop with the best of them – he once trained with Montréal Olympics gold medalwinning, British swimmer David Wilkie and controversial South African runner Zola Budd – but he never makes it seem like he’s showing off. At 61, the ITU and World Masters Athletics Championships regular is quick to admit he has his limits too. “It’s frustrating when I train on Tuesday evenings in Aberdeen with the younger ones, and they start sprinting. My brain says ‘Yes, you can do it,’ and my body says ‘No, no, no you can’t,’” he comments with a laugh. “For the aquathlon in Mexico, last September, I got the help of a friend and fellow competitor Scott Burton and we did both swimming and running training

architecture and engineering giant TFP Farrells, he was technical d i r e c t o r o n t h e P e a k To w e r, Kowloon Station and the British Consulate. When the work in London failed to stimulate him, he relocated to the SAR full time. “I just enjoyed coming out here. It’s a great place. China was beginning to buzz and there was lots of work I was involved with, so I wanted to be near it,” he recalls. John set up his own consultancy in 2012, and currently sits on six committees, including as chair of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Hong Kong chapter and the Society of Façade Engineering.

On top of that, Discovery Bay was low on the list of places to settle. “DB was about the last place on earth I was ever going to move to. It’s just not Hong Kong,” John says. But as it turned out a “fantastic” property agent showed John two or three DB homes and one ticked all the boxes. The Campbells moved into Siena One in 2010 and the rest is history. Going the distance

W h e n h e ’s n o t w o r k i n g , John is either running or swimming. No stranger to combined events, he started competing in biathlons in 1985 and signed up for his first aquathlon in 2010. “The aquathlon is running and swimming consecutively, while the biathlons, that I originally did, involved swimming then a break of several hours before the run or vice versa,” John explains. Aquathlons combine a (roughly) 5-kilometre run and a 1-kilometre swim, and John now competes in the 60 to 64 age group. “Those Ironmen and Ironwomen out there, who think that distance is all-important, should try these shorter, sharper events and see how tired you get working at a much harder rate but for a shorter period of time,” John says. January 2017



At the 2011 ITU in Beijing, John had hoped to place in the top 10, and much to his surprise, he won in his age category. London in 2013 followed but the swimming course let him down. “Because the water was down to 17°C I just didn’t run well. I was frozen, and couldn’t feel my legs. It didn’t help I couldn’t get my wetsuit off,” he admits. “So I did it again in 2016 because it was Mexico, and it was warm. I wasn’t really fit enough but I decided to take it on.” Wrong, as John placed first for Hong Kong in his category. “The next ITU aquathlon is set for Rotterdam, in September, which means it’s going to be absolutely freezing again, so I’ll give it a miss,” says John. In the meantime,

he has races planned in Hong Kong over rougher ground, for which training will continue – possibly in his Speedo, a habit that’s garnered John a bit of notoriety in DB. Though he’s occasionally told to get dressed by wife Sharmin, he resists. “Given the right temperatures, there’s no point in running with a pair of shorts on. And I don’t want a suntan with the line across the thighs.” Professional retirement may be coming up – he and Sharmin have flirted with renting an Airstream and touring Europe – but how soon this transpires is anyone’s guess. Something that might tempt him to do so is photography – he recently had a landscape photograph

published in Digital Camera. “I’d like to do more commissions for travel or sports photography but need to get invitations to training sessions or competition events,” says John ( As for the aquathlons, John can’t see himself stopping any time soon. “It will be an injury or something that stops me from doing it,” he reckons, taking an aside for a story about a 95-year-old he saw shuffling around in Singapore at a race. If it’s not embarrassing, John can see himself in the 80-plus category. “I enjoy competition. Though at the end of each one I think, ‘Never again,’ because it’s just so hard,” he says. “I ask myself why I’m doing it.” Because he can.

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For years the development of DB has polarised opinion and today is no different with residents quick to share their thoughts. Sam Agars reports


igh-rise apartments, lowrise living, a new bus terminus and footbridge are all developments in the pipeline for Discovery Bay, with the latest improvement works following a long line of projects undertaken since the resort opened in the 1980s. We chat to a group of long-time and

prominent DBers to get their take on the plans for the future, while also getting an insight into how DB has changed in their time here. The making of DB While it may seem that the predominant attitude towards DB’s expansion is a negative, most residents have at least something

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positive to say, whether looking to the past or future. City Owners’ Committee (COC) member Dr Francis Chiu, who has lived in DB since 2009, highlights the trade off of tranquillity for convenience. “In terms of change, in the last few years I have witnessed more convenience, that is the positive side,” he says. “The negative side in

everybody now loves and uses and can’t imagine life without. They were protesting for nothing. In the end, change is necessary.” The great unknown For many, it is the lack of clarity moving forward that is most worrisome, with the initial cap of 25,000 residents seemingly set to be ignored by developers. Sixteenyear DB resident Colin Bosher, COC member and chairman of La Vista Village Owners Committee (VOC), feels that homeowners in DB are getting a “raw deal” because they bought into a “low-density, pleasant development”. “The government is not transparent, the developer is not transparent,” Colin says. “It appears that there is no limit on the amount of development. You look at the OZP (Outline Zoning Plan) and it says 25,000 people, but it turns out that figure is actually meaningless because 25,000 is just how much water the Water Supplies Department said it could provide. So then the developer turns around and simply opts to build a new water treatment plant and a new sewage treatment plant.” Colin believes the planned N1 North development near Chianti will be enough to tip the DB population – which currently stands at around 18,000 – over 25,000, even before the housing developments at Nim Shue Wan and behind Parkvale Village are taken into account.

Baljit Gidwani, Dr Francis Chiu, Colin Bosher, Paula Lepore Burrough and Amy Yung

comparing today to seven years ago, we can see a lot of visitors coming to DB, which is making the tropical paradise less of a paradise.” Photographer Baljit Gidwani moved to DB in 1985 and he is equally nostalgic about the good old days. But he is realistic about the progress he has seen and is confident DB would not be the place it is today

without the work done by Hong Kong Resorts (HKR). “It’s all the progress and all the infrastructure that HKR has done that makes DB liveable, that makes it the place it is,” Baljit says. “People moaned like mad when the tunnel was built and there was uproar when they said they were going to let taxis in. But every step HKR has taken,

Amy Yung, DB’s representative on the Islands District Council, is also concerned about DB’s population count, as well as the endeavours of HKR to attract tourists. “We want tranquillity, a quality of life, that is why we move to Discovery Bay,” she says. “But during the holidays and weekends, I can see there are special activities that attract a lot of people from outside, and some of the residents complain they have to January 2017


IN FOCUS wait in long queues in order to come home or get out of Discovery Bay.” Paula Lepore Burrough has been in DB since 1999, is on the VOC for Parkvale Village and runs popular Facebook group DB Matters. She can see both positives and negatives about what lies ahead, but wishes HKR gave residents more chance to have a say about the future of their home. “People would be so much more engaged and excited if they were part of the process, but they [HKR] are not making things transparent and they are not addressing the concerns from the residents,” she says. “People actually want to work with them. The reality is that we can’t stop them building, so how can we make it so that it is a great place for all?” In the pipeline HKR is confident that its 10-year development programme for DB will improve residents’ living standards and maintain the resort’s sustainability. “Over the past 30-plus years, every decade we introduce some new elements to the community,” a spokesperson told Around DB back in April last year. “We are trying to uplift and add more energy to the overall DB community.” In the second part of its development programme, which is still at the

HKR is looking to redevelop Nim Shue Wan waterfront

Bus terminus works are scheduled to begin in early 2017

government submission stage, HKR is looking to redevelop Nim Shue Wan waterfront and build a residential development on a small parcel of land behind Parkvale Village. Actual works on these projects, if approved, could be as far as eight years away. “For the area behind Parkvale Village, I really cannot see how anyone would think that it is a good idea,” Francis comments. “First of all, it is too close to the existing development and road access is going to be a big problem. “For the area near Nim Shue Wan, I think there are upsides and downsides,” Francis adds. “The upside is the fact that right now if you go to one of those high-rise buildings in Peninsula Village and look down on Kai To Pier, it is a really grotty area. The development, if it is going to be done according to what has been said, will make it look a lot nicer for those high-rise residents whose views will not be blocked by the buildings. Of course, if your apartment will be completely blocked by the new building, I’m sure you will not like it.” Opinion is split on the bus terminus works, scheduled to begin in early

2017, with some feeling its planned expansion and repositioning is a good thing and others questioning its necessity. The prospect of more shops, beneath the new terminus, also sees residents divided. Again there is the trade off of tranquillity (a reduced community feel) for convenience (more shopping opportunities). “I really don’t know why they are building more shops,” Francis says. “Right now, you can see there are already empty shops. We assume that HKR wants to get as much rental income as possible from the commercial developments, but I don’t think they will actually get more in the future. When there are more shops, and probably more empty shops, they will probably have to lower the rent instead of raising it.” Backing HKR, Baljit is much more optimistic about all that lies ahead. “They almost went bust building this place, so surely they have a right to continue its growth,” he says. “And they have continued the growth in a very organised manner. Every village, except for the Greens, has many green spaces. So DB grows but in a civilised, liveable manner.”

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Ready to usher in Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rooster, Kate Farr introduces some exciting ways to enjoy the celebration with kids


inter in Hong Kong is all about celebration, and hot on the heels of Christmas comes Chinese New Year (CNY). Here’s a look at this most family-friendly of festivals, and a few top tips for getting the best out of Hong Kong’s biggest party.

calendar, CNY begins on the first day of the new moon, which falls any time between January 21 and February 20 each year. Also known as Spring Festival, this celebration dates back thousands of years and is a major three-day holiday here in Hong Kong. This year, January 28 is the first day of the Lunar New Year.

Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Dog and Pig. Babies born throughout each year are thought to display certain characteristics unique to their zodiac animal, for example Tigers are thought to be great leaders, Goats are creative, while 2017’s flock of Roosters are said to be practical and honest.

The basics

2017 ushers in the Year of the Rooster, one of 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, the others being the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit,

An ancient folk story explains how these creatures made the final cut to be immortalised in the zodiac – the Jade Emperor called a race,

First up, a few facts. Based on the lunar rather than the Gregorian January 2017


PARENTING SMARTS decreeing that the first 12 animals to swim across a fast-flowing river would each have a year named in their honour. Thirteen animals lined up on the riverbank; however, the poor cat was pushed into the water by the rat, and was excluded from the final line-up. TOP TIP Kids can discover more about CNY in a fun and humorous way by picking up Hong Kong author Sarah Brennan’s Chinese zodiac series of children’s books. With a new animal tale released annually just in time for CNY – this year we say hello to Rickshaw Rooster – this fast-paced and funny series is the perfect CNY primer. The Tale of Pinyin Panda is a hilarious take on The Great Race and explains exactly why the Panda never made the Chinese zodiac!

DB kids enjoying the CNY celebrations in 2016

Enjoy the parade

Wish upon a tree

While Discovery Recreation Club and Club Siena both hold vibrant celebrations, the annual International Chinese New Year Night Parade is Hong Kong’s main event. You can expect dancers and floats from across the globe, not to mention what feels like the city’s entire population, congregating along the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui. This colourful carnival takes place on the evening of January 28, beginning at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, before snaking its way along Canton, Haiphong and Nathan roads to its finishing point at the Sheraton Hotel.

Another popular Spring Festival ritual, and one that kids will love, is an excursion to Lam Tsuen and its famous Wishing Tree. This Tai Po village is home to two ancient trees that were traditionally visited during festival times, when people would throw joss paper into the branches and make their wishes for the upcoming year. It was thought that the higher the branch your paper landed on, the more likely it was that your wish would materialise. These days, the papers are attached to nearby racks in order to protect the trees, but the wishes remain just as strong!

TOP TIP There’s no real way of avoiding the crowds, which can number over 150,000 people, but purchasing tickets to one of the viewing stands allows for entry from 7pm and at least guarantees you a seat. Check for ticketing details. Failing that, find your spot at street level on Canton Road (just outside the Chanel store) for a good view, coupled with easy access to Ocean Terminal’s many public toilets and food outlets.

TOP TIP Still an extremely popular spot to visit over CNY, Lam Tsuen also plays temporary host to many of the night parade’s floats, so if the main event is a little too crowded for you, head here for a flavour of the evening. Be sure to visit for 2017’s event dates and times.

Flower power CNY festivities are always marked with floral decoration, with a variety of auspicious plants on sale to usher in prosperity for the new lunar year. Miniature kumquat trees are a popular home decoration – the fruit’s orange/ golden colour is a symbol of money, while pomelos, often seen in pairs, are said to signify family unity. You’ll also see orchids galore – these delicate blooms are symbolic of both fertility and luxury, so are always popular during the Spring Festival. Pick up your plants at one of the festive flower markets, the largest (and busiest) of which are located within Causeway Bay’s Victoria Park, and Prince Edward’s Fa Hui Park, although there are smaller fairs dotted all over the city. TOP TIP If you don’t fancy braving the crowds, the football stadium on Tung Chung Road usually hosts a small Chinese New Year flower market, while Prince Edward’s permanent stalls on Flower Market Road often yield better bargains than the seasonal flower fairs.

Whatever you decide to do this CNY, Kung Hei Fat Choi! And here’s wishing you a very happy Year of the Rooster!

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Without knowing it, parents are exposing their children to toxic chemicals in clothing that could have serious consequences for their health. Sam Agars reports

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Eureka socks are made of 80% bamboo


ur skin is our largest and fastest-growing organ and it is crucial in eliminating toxins, as well as absorbing substances both good and bad. Because of this, what we wear can have a massive impact on our health. Regulations around the clothing industry, especially in Asia, are often quite loose and sometimes non-existent, meaning it is hard for us to know exactly what is in what we and our families are wearing. There is also the misconception that all synthetics are safe, where in fact some, particularly when used to make up a large portion of a garment, can be very harmful. In Hong Kong, there are no specific regulations and it is often very difficult to get a gauge on what a particular garment is made of due to poor labelling. Studies have shown that chemicals in clothing have the potential to cause any number of skin diseases, respiratory issues and even cancer. If at all possible, it’s best to stay away from the following chemical-laden fabrics in lieu of more all-natural fabric options: acrylic, polyester, rayon, acetate, triacetate and anything labelled static-resistant, wrinkle-resistant, permanent-press, no-iron, stain-proof or moth-repellent.

clothing is regulated in the country of its manufacture and, while not everything is unsafe, it can be very difficult to find clear labelling that outlines what a garment contains. “In Hong Kong you can buy goods where the label is very unclear and people can sell goods with labels that are not in English. They do not specify what is in the garment and you don’t know if the factory it came from is socially responsible,” says Around DB publisher Corinne Jedwood, director of newly formed DB-based company Eureka Socks. “People buy clothing and have no clue what is in it. Take school uniform socks in Hong Kong, for example – the label says cotton and spandex, but you don’t know if it’s 99% cotton or 1% cotton and you don’t know what else they put in.” According to a spokesperson from the Hong Kong Accreditation Service, there are “no regulatory requirements for selling garments in Hong Kong” and the responsibility for ensuring that what comes into the city is safe falls on customs officers. “It’s not only that sometimes it is not safe, but that you don’t know what you are buying. Because of the lack of regulations around manufacturing in China, the Confidence in Textiles label was put in place,” says Corinne.

Labels and certification Clothing standards in Hong Kong are heavily reliant on the fact that

The Confidence in Textiles label is something that is displayed on garments that have been tested under

the OEKO-TEX Standard 100. According to OEKO-TEX, this is “a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished and finished textile products at all processing levels, as well as accessory materials used”. The OEKO-TEX Standard 100 has been in use since 1992 but has become more prevalent in China in the past two to three years. When looking for a Eureka Socks’ manufacturer on the mainland, Corinne found that you still need to do due diligence. “I went to two factories that professed to follow the OEKO-TEX Standard 100,” she explains, “but I sent samples to an independent lab to be checked and I found that one of the factories was not telling me the truth. This means you can’t even trust the top brands. If they haven’t visited the factories, they will have no clear idea about their manufacturing partners. Their labelling may be misleading – it could say made of lyocell when actually, only 15% lyocell is included in the mix.” The motivation behind Eureka Socks was firstly to raise awareness about the importance of wearing safe clothing, and also to ensure parents had a clearly labelled option when purchasing clothes for their children. Produced in a certified factory in Hunan, Eureka has decided to focus its attention on socks initially, with its products made of 80% bamboo, January 2017



Home-grown Eureka socks Showcased recently through the Around DB Sock Design Competition 2016, Eureka Socks’ products are available online and at local school shops. “We are a community-based business,” says Corinne. “The products are brought to you from the community (our team is DB-based) and sold within the community. The socks are also directly relevant to the community, as they have inspiring, locally significant messages like Save the Dolphins and I love Lantau.” Promoting the well being of DB kids (and their parents’ peace of mind), Eureka Socks also provides a way for the community to give back. “We take our social responsibility seriously,” says Corinne, “so for every purchase of socks, we will donate a pair of socks to someone who needs it. We are trying to get school kids involved in that process, so they will write messages to go with the socks being sent to children in need and homeless people.”

Eureka Socks have inspiring, locally significant messages

15% polyamide and 5% spandex and meeting the requirements of the OEKO-TEX Standard 100. “Since your children’s feet are in their socks all day, they are the one clothing item that should be produced to exacting standards,” Corinne says. Earth-friendly credentials Eureka’s choice of bamboo as the base material for its socks reflects a worldwide trend to manufacture clothing that is safe to wear, naturally sourced and sustainable. Bamboo receives a lot of attention because it’s easy to grow without pesticides (or water) and is quick to replenish itself, but it’s not the only option for the eco-savvy shopper. Natural and eco-friendly (premiumpriced) fabrics, from organic cotton to alpaca, are now cropping up everywhere from Zara to Gap. Hemp has been touted as the ultimate eco-friendly fabric because it requires no chemicals to grow. It’s also extremely versatile, and can be used

to create both strong, sturdy fabrics and soft, comfortable delicates. Look out too for items made of lyocell, the generic name for the Tencel brand. It’s made from wood pulp, so it’s both biodegradable and recyclable. Silky soft soy fabric, made from the by-products of soy-oil processing, is another good option, as is true linen since it’s made from flax, a crop that requires very little pest-controlling chemicals. At the luxury end, long-lasting cashmere, alpaca and silk are sound, all-natural fabric options requiring no chemical-based synthetic processing. While cashmere fibre comes from Kashmir goats and alpaca from Alpaca sheep, silk is made by silk worms. When shopping for child- and earthfriendly garments, you need to be sure that you are buying something that is certified organic, sustainable

and eco-friendly. Also check you aren’t getting a less-eco ‘blend’ that includes a high percentage of other fibres, like polyester, in the mix. To keep prices down, clothes are often treated with harmful chemicals, like formaldehyde, and dyed with carcinogenic dyes, so look for garments that are coloured using natural or vegetable-based dyes. To control your carbon footprint, choose garments that are made as close to home as possible. The bottom line when buying clothing that’s supportive of the environment and your family’s health is to do your homework. Read the labels carefully and shop at a reputable, socially responsible supplier who will weigh the facts for you. Make sure you know where the clothing comes from, who makes it and what it’s processed with – this way you will know that every item you buy is as desirable as it looks.

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Over the last two or three years, the popularity of mainstream consumer drones has skyrocketed and they are literally changing the way we view the world. Sam Agars reports Photos by Baljit Gidwani –

Jack Shirley with his DJI Phantom 3



any commercial uses have been touted for drones as they become more advanced, with mail delivery and the like heading the list. But drones are also working their way into our everyday lives, with a growing number of enthusiasts now using them just for fun. While some have taken up droning simply as a weekend pastime, the more creative among us are using them to capture footage and take photos that are unlike anything seen before. January 2017

A video of DB made by HongKonger Jack Shirley, and shared on the Around DB Facebook page in September last year, captured the imagination of the community and offered a glimpse into just what these machines are capable of. Expanding perspectives According to Jack, drones have added another dimension to film-making, and opened up endless possibilities for amateurs and professionals alike.

TALKING POINTS TALKING POINTS For now, the most popular use for the off-the-shelf drone is to film from viewpoints once very difficult, if not impossible, to access. “You can get almost anywhere now, and quicker,” Jack says. “Instead of climbing up the highest building you can stand at the bottom and fly up, but, if you did want to climb up, you could then get external footage of yourself. You can now film far out at sea without a boat. You can get smooth, beautiful shots, flying/ moving in a multitude of directions, without the use of extra equipment. And all this can be achieved by just one person, without a crew.” And there is plenty more ground to be made, with affordable – what Jack calls ‘entry level’ – drones evolving all the time. He recommends the DJI Phantom 3 standard drone – the one he used to make the DB film – which can film at 2.7k resolution (better quality than HD), has a 1-kilometre range and costs just HK$3,800. “Drones will continue to get smaller (able to film through slim gaps where you couldn’t get a cameraman), and have better cameras (including 360-degree cameras),” Jack adds. “Drones will also become very smart. Until recently, they only had obstacle avoidance sensors at the front, so the obvious next step, to avoid all obstacles, was to have the sensors all around the drone, as they are with the new Phantom 4 Pro.” The perfect angle While Jack enthuses that anyone interested should give droning a go, he stresses that it is not as simple as just launching your drone and pressing record. There are plenty of challenges when capturing the footage – such as battery life and the risks involved when exposing expensive equipment to the elements. “I find the filming part can be stressful, I guess I worry too much,”

Jack’s drone video brings the pattern on the floor of DB Plaza into focus

Jack says. “Have I got every shot I need, was the lighting okay? I much prefer the editing part. Chill out, choose the shots I like, choose a song, edit to the beat.” It’s clear that Jack’s training in video editing and post-production pays off. “Many drone users just upload their videos unedited and this is usually very boring to watch, as it takes time to take off and fly to your desired position,” he says. Jack’s video is a perfect example of just what drones can offer, with the viewpoints utilised revealing a DB that most of us have never seen.“Many DB residents have been surprised to discover the pattern on the floor of DB Plaza; they had never noticed it until this video showed it from a bird’s-eye view,” Jack says. “Drones have the ability to show things from a completely new angle, allowing you to discover things you may have never noticed otherwise, even if you walk past them everyday. “The thing I like most [about the video] is the transitioning from one


shot to another, this was the first time I used these zoom-and slidestyle transitions in a drone film,” Jack adds.“They are very smooth and effective and I think they make this film stand out from most other drone videos.” There are, of course, certain issues involved with flying drones, due in the main to the current grey area of personal privacy, but Hong Kong’s user guidelines are, for now, more relaxed than in many places.While you can no longer fly drones in and around either plaza, you can fly them everywhere else in DB. “The problem I see arising soon is that almost everyone will have one and inevitably some irresponsible flying will lead to stricter laws being required,” Jack says. But the positive with drones becoming more readily available, more affordable and close to idiotproof is that anyone can enjoy flying them – and produce some interesting footage. “Film-making can be a difficult profession but with a drone, anyone can capture outstanding shots,” Jack says.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR To all our customers in Discovery Bay and across Hong Kong, old and new!

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Winter Warmers Deliciously easy to make, the best soup recipes are passed down through families and picked up from friends. It’s no surprise that here in DB our go-to favourites bring home an international flavour

New Year sweet and sour soup Serves 6

• 2 garlic cloves, chopped • 2 fresh red chillies, chopped • 1 thumb-sized piece ginger, chopped • 250g shiitake mushrooms, sliced • 225g bamboo shoots, finely sliced • 3tbsp soy sauce • 4tbsp rice wine vinegar • 1tsp runny honey • 1,500ml vegetable stock • 1 large egg, beaten • 150g firm tofu, cubed • 2 spring onions, finely sliced

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• 2tbsp chives, chopped

Bash the garlic, chillies and ginger in a pestle and mortar to form a rough paste. Fry the mushrooms in a large wok or heavy-based saucepan over a medium-high heat for four minutes. Stir in the chilli paste and bamboo shoots and fry for a further minute. Combine the soy, vinegar and honey. Stir the mixture into the pan and cook for a minute. Pour in the hot stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, or until slightly reduced. Remove the soup from the heat. Slowly add the egg, stirring continuously to form thin ribbons. Stir in the tofu. Warm through before serving with spring onions and chives scattered on top. January 2017



Old English leek and potato soup Serves 6

• 4 large leeks • 50g butter • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced • 1 medium onion, chopped small • 850ml chicken stock • 275ml milk • 1½tbsp chives, chopped • 4tbsp chicken, pre-cooked and diced • 2tbsp sour cream

Trim off the tops and roots of the leeks, discarding the tough outer layer. Split them in half lengthwise and slice them finely. In a large, thick-based saucepan, gently melt the butter; then add the leeks, potatoes and onion. Stir the vegetables well to coat them in the butter. Season and cover. Sweat the vegetables on a low heat for 15 minutes. Add the stock and milk. Put the lid back on and simmer gently for 20 minutes until the vegetables are soft. Leave the soup to cool and then purée in a blender. Refrigerate this soup before serving and it becomes a delicious vichyssoise. Garnish (hot or cold) with chives and either precooked chicken chunks or a dollop of sour cream.


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Classic Russian Borscht Serves 6

• 500g raw beetroot, peeled and grated • 500g red cabbage, finely shredded • 3tbsp tomato purée • 2tbsp red wine vinegar • 125g butter • 1,200ml beef stock • 1 medium onion, grated • 1 carrot, grated • 1tbsp brown sugar • 275ml sour cream

Put the beetroot and red cabbage into a large saucepan. Stir in the tomato purée, vinegar, half the butter and the beef stock. Cover, bring to the boil and simmer gently for one hour. Melt the remaining butter and sauté the onions and carrots until golden. Add to the beetroot and red cabbage mixture. Cover and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Season to taste and add the brown sugar. Garnish with sour cream to serve.

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Whether you’re into sushi, street food, cinnamon or chocolate, you don’t have to travel far to find a dedicated designer resort. Kate Farr reports



hile most of us are keen to explore the local cuisine when we’re on holiday, for some, the food is the holiday. Whether you’re a keen amateur chef or a fully-fledged gourmand, there’s a culinary adventure out there to tickle your taste buds.

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of great reasons to visit Nihiwatu. Another reason is the resort’s recently launched Chris and Charly’s Chocolate Factory, which takes all your kids’ wildest Willy Wonka fantasies, relocates them to a stunning paradise island, and encourages them to get hands-on with everyone’s favourite treat. Fine dining at The Lake House

Chris and Charly’s Chocolate Factory at Nihiwatu

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Every day between 12pm and 3pm, guests can join in with chocolatemaking classes at the onsite factory, crafting delicious goodies from locally grown Sumbanese cacao and coconut palm sugar. If you’re looking for ethical souvenirs, the factory has three bar varieties available for sale at its gift shop – 65% Milk Chocolate Almond & Raisin, 70% Dark Chocolate and 85% Dark Chocolate – with all profits channelled back into The Sumba Foundation, Nihiwatu’s philanthropic arm. The adjacent kids’ club offers supervised activities, including traditional dancing, yoga, scavenger hunts and crafts, leaving parents with the time to enjoy their chocolate in blissful tranquillity. The Lake House, Australia Situated in the pretty spa town of Daylesford, Victoria, The Lake House is home to one of Australia’s most respected residential cooking schools. Set in the sprawling rural

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grounds of a stunning luxury hotel, the award-winning Lake House culinary team hosts cooking master classes that are regularly facilitated by some of the Aussie dining scene’s leading lights, including producers, growers, winemakers and chefs. Previous classes have focused on specialist topics such as fermenting, Italian cooking and even food photography, and the atmosphere here is relaxed and inclusive, allowing participants at every level to get involved and learn from the experts. After a hard day in the kitchen, the hotel’s multi-award-winning restaurant is the perfect place to debrief. The menu is seasonally led, using produce locally sourced from the surrounding area, and, as you might expect, it features an impressive Australian wine list. There’s also plenty here for foodies on restricted diets, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available.

Beniya Mukayu, Kaga, Japan If Japanese food makes you jump for joy, then add Beniya Mukayu to your foodie bucket list. This design hotel in the beautiful Ishikawa prefecture is both luxurious and understated, with a focus on subtle Japanese elegance, such as tatami mats, screened rooms and private onsen baths. The real draw for committed foodies is the hotel’s famed kaiseki (multi-course) breakfasts and dinners, included in your room rate. Consisting of up to 10 intricately prepared courses, served on delicate local pottery over the course of several hours, each dish is artfully arranged to look every bit as exquisite as it tastes. The focus on locally caught fish makes this a must for seafood lovers. Those wishing to deepen their understanding of the country and its cuisine can enrol on the two-anda-half hour Taste of Japan cooking course, where, guided by Beniya January 2017



Mukayu’s expert chefs, students prepare classic Japanese dishes to enjoy over lunch in the hotel’s tranquil garden. Tri, Galle, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka has long been a gourmet paradise – this lush and fertile island nation produces a staggering amount of fresh produce, from ripe tropical fruits to a colourful array of marketfresh vegetables that you’ll find harvested and dished up in delicious recipes wherever you travel. But, as any chef will tell you, bringing out the best in your ingredients is all about the right seasoning, and that’s where this jewel of the Indian Ocean really comes into its own. Tri, an eco-friendly boutique property perched on the edge of Lake Koggala, is not only a wonderfully luxurious, yet environmentally conscious destination in which to relax, it’s also perfectly placed for an excursion to nearby Cinnamon Island. Learn more about this ubiquitous spice and its journey from bark to bowl, before buying a few fragrant mementoes of your trip.

Tri in Galle, Sri Lanka

bustling Central Business District, SO Sofitel Singapore is a great option for gourmet globetrotters, based just moments away from Chinatown’s many restaurants and hawker centres, as well as classy bar district Club Street. The hotel’s onsite dining is as good as you’d expect in this food-centric city, with diners invited to design their own meals, based around the themes crunchy, juicy, smoky, creamy, silky, spicy or zesty, at the hotel’s flagship restaurant, Xperience. Venturing out onto the streets brings its own delicious rewards,


SO Sofitel, Singapore

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and Singabites is a food tour with a difference. Staffed by eight culinary experts, many of whom are ex-chefs, your tour guides help you get under the skin of Singapore’s street food culture, giving you the lowdown on what to eat and where to eat it, along with a little local history thrown into the mix. Although the company launched in 2015, the Singabites tours have proven so popular that they won the Luxury Travel Award 2016 for Best Singaporean Cultural Experience, so do book well in advance to guarantee your spot.

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MY THOUGHTS ON TERM LIFE Let’s look at your home mortgage or income property mortgage protection policy. Also known as TERM LIFE, this is a sometimes mandatory product imposed on you by your bank. If your loan amount is US$1 million, you will be asked to get a life insurance policy for that amount. What the banks do here is called DEGRADING TERM – as the loan balance diminishes so does the death pay out. This means that after 10 years, you only get US$500k back or whatever is the balance of your loan – and your premiums never decrease. With my company you get the full US$1 million back!

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THE GREAT EUROPEAN CARNIVAL Central Harbourfront, Central

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PASSENGER LIVE IN HONG KONG MacPherson Stadium, Mongkok January 11

DRAGON AND LION DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui January 1-2

Topping charts in over 20 countries with his worldwide hit Let Her Go, Passenger (aka Michael David Rosenberg) is now one of the biggest names in modern folk rock. In 2014, Let Her Go was nominated for the Brit Award for British Single of the Year. For concert tickets, starting at HK$597.13, visit

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Popular stand-up comedian Dave Hughes is known for his larrikin personality, drawling Aussie accent and deadpan delivery. The radio and TV presenter is a regular performer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Tickets, starting at HK$390, are available at January 2017




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METALLICA: WORLDWIRED TOUR AsiaWorld-Expo, Chek Lap Kok Metallica is playing Hong Kong for the first time, following the release of its 11th studio album, Hardwired... To Self-Destruct. The band made history in 2013 when it performed a rare concert in Antarctica, becoming the first act to play all seven continents in one year. For tickets, starting at HK$580, visit

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KidsFest! 2017 is back for the sixth consecutive year. An internationally celebrated festival of world-class theatre, it showcases 10 live productions focused on education and allround fun for the whole family. 1. The Way Back Home (January 6-8) 2. Grufflos, Ladybirds and Other Beasts (January 11-15) 3. Shark in the Park (January 11-15) 4. The First Hippo on the Moon (January 12-15) 5. Stick Man (January 18-22) 6. Awful Egyptians (January 19-21) 7. The Best of Barmy Britain (January 20-22) Visit for more information, and for tickets.

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Mark the Year of the Rooster at the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade. The colourful celebration showcases spectacular floats and international performances in the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui.

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


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Personal Professional Tutoring Service. • Curriculum: HSK, IB, GCSE, SAT • ESF & all international schools, Year 1 to 13 • For students & adults (homework/ exams/ business) • Mother-tongue Chinese tutors from the PRC (Levels: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced) • Mathematics tutors (UK B SC) • Native English tutors. (MA in Education, specialising in Early Childhood Stage) Contact 9107 5655,

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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,

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



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

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

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

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

Little Explorers A drop-off playgroup for ages 18 months upward. Your child will have heaps of fun and make lots of new friends. 9327 0507

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Playgroup run by Montessori-trained teacher. From 6 months to 4 years. 2623 4099; 9054 0565,

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The Best Travel Agency in DB 2987 2626

Harvey Law Group An International Law Firm in DB North Plaza providing a wide range of commercial and personal legal services. 2416 8618 Gillian florist, North Plaza Flight Centre, North Plaza Mypetshop, North Plaza Pets Gallery The Optical House Well Supreme Laundry Services

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Parsons White Wealth Management

Latin & Ballroom dance classes for adults and children. Wedding dance, Salsa, Beat Cardio, Mommies & Babies, Yoga and many more. 5194 9630

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


Boat/ Yacht Sales & Brokerage - Berths/ Debentures - Marine Insurance - Marine Problems/ Resolution 6017 7802

Tree of Joy

The Stephen Putnam Practice

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,,

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7+1 Creative Club

A LEGO after-school programme for children aged 3 and over, including robotics. A fun, interactive learning system through creative building. Tel: 3709 8466 Facebook:

Musical Drama – Acting – Musical Theatre Tues & Wed classes at Discovery College 4 to 12 yrs - 2 fully costumed performances a year 8122 9475


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

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Kiraku Tei

2987 2886

Koh Tomyums

2987 0767

La Création Bakery

2987 1829

McSorley’s Ale House

2987 8280

Mirch Masala, North Plaza

2987 1337

Moofish, North Plaza

2987 6318

Nevale Kitchen, North Plaza

2172 7099

Pacific Coffee

2987 1662

Paisano’s, North Plaza

2673 4445

Peony Chinese Restaurant

2500 1950

Salt & Pepper

2336 8001


2555 0772


2914 0005

Super Super

2914 1308

The Venue

2777 8411

Uncle Russ, DB Plaza

2682 0068

Uncle Russ, North Plaza

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ETERNITY To kick off 2017, Peter Sherwood gets to grips with the meaning of life


s I struggle to come to terms with the Great Unknown it has occurred to me that it’s already 2017 and in the grand scheme of things, there appears to be no grand scheme. For 4.5 billion years we didn’t exist and then we’re dumped here… without so much as a by your leave. Left to stagger around bemused, then hurled without choice into eternity. It hardly seems fair. We’re left to get on with it, whatever ‘it’ is. And whatever it is, it involves grappling with profound existential questions such as Apple or Samsung, and does my dog truly love me?

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The eternity part leaves me hyperventilating. The vastness of the universe is supposed to have that effect, but we can no longer use ‘awesome’ to describe it. That grand adjective is now attached to the latest social messaging app or a successful night out on D’Deck.


to be remains to be seen. As Woody Allen said: “More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly.” I’ve tried a few different paths that might lead me to a little enlightenment, exploring more religions and philosophies than the Oxford Book of Great Thinkers. But as Buddha wrote: “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Clearly I wasn’t ready. Having shambled down myriad blind alleys and often into vast pits of metaphysical quicksand, I’ve finally admitted it is just fine to be perfectly imperfect.

A galactic giggle

I don’t mean Donald Trump imperfect, of course. I don’t even want to go there – that would carry this conversation into censorship, and I get paid by the published word. Anyway, I’m a satirist not Socrates, and my work can never be the result of wild optimism.

Just how ‘awesome’ 2017 turns out

You can be optimistic. I’ll stick

to wily pessimism because that’s the only place I’ll find irony, and without irony I’m as sunk as the Titanic. Nothing funny, other than maybe schadenfreude, was ever born of mindless enthusiasm. Even Beethoven’s magically uplifting Ode to Joy must have been written under a black cloud given the poor man’s health and financial burdens. Let’s acknowledge that futility might be a good place to start squeezing out a satisfying life, and admit it’s all a bit of a galactic giggle with lengthy intervals of pain. The journey is hard and sort of ridiculous if you think about it – and plain stupid if you don’t. Or maybe ignorance really is bliss and I’m too unenlightened to see the significance. Time now for the literal and pedantic crowd to go on their tiresome rant about how negative thoughts are self-destructive, the worst enemy a man can have. They are wrong; we pessimists are having a great time and we are never disappointed. I say that as a DB resident. Happy New Year!

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

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