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Discovery Bay’s original community magazine

JUNE 2017


How to tan wisely and well Your gateway into the Red Centre

Fantastic summer camps and where to find them SCREEN TIME

Are your kids addicted to tech?




June 2017









Good condition apartment with modern kitchen. Ready to move in.

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Gross: 713’ Saleable: 588’

Gross: 1037’ Saleable: 962’


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67K 朝暉徑 HEADLAND 4

Renovated duplex lowrise with stunning sea views. Close to schools.

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Beautifully renovated apartment fitted with all amenities. Close to the plaza and pier.


Gross: 2585’ Saleable: 2566’


Detached garden house with open unobstructed green view. W/ golf cart.




Gross: 835’ Saleable: 722’


Great location and walking distance to the plaza. Must see!

海澄湖畔二段 SIENA TWO 3

Good sized lowrise apartment, practical layout, bright and airy.

Gross: 699’ Saleable: 591’



Gross: 724’ Saleable: 610’


Cosy apartment with fully equipped kitchen. Good value!


Gross: 1311’ Saleable: 1159’


Stunning lowrise with private garden, fantastic family home & great for entertaining.

Gross: 2128’ Saleable: 1641’



Stunning joint unit with gorgeous open kitchen. Don’t miss!







畔峰 MIDVALE 3 2

Gross: 1444’ Saleable: 1166’


Stunning apartment with large terrace, modern kitchen and great for entertaining.

明蔚徑 PARKLAND 3 2

Gross: 1274’ Saleable: 1190’

Ground floor apartment with a beautiful backyard and front terrace.


海蜂徑 SEABEE 4 3

Gross: 3100’ Saleable: 2403’


Company sale. Detached house, great views, spacious living and great for entertaining.

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July 24th to 28th

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Faust offers more Summer Programmes throughout the Summer (June 26th to August 25th) at Sheung Wan and Kowloon. Creative Writing workshops are also available at Sheung Wan. FaustHongKong (852) 2547 9114 FaustHK (852) 2547 9799 Faust International Ltd. 5th Floor, Nan Dao Commercial Building 359 & 361 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan

With qualified, experienced leaders, unrivaled resources & over 18 years of experience, we offer the best in drama & theatrical education. Groups at Discovery Bay International School on Saturdays include: 10.00am to 12.30pm Ages 4 to 5 Group DB1

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CONTENTS June 2017



Young Writer’s Competition (YWC) finalists

YWC winning story by Kayla Lee





Tanning advice for sun-worshippers

Walkabout in the Australian Outback

34 FAMILY MATTERS Lantau-wide summer camps

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


GIVEAWAYS Win big prizes


PARENTING Hacking tech addiction


RECIPES Raw fish three ways


DB FACES Community snaps


OUT THERE Island life











ON THE COVER YWC finalists and runners-up: Seo Jin Park, Micah Zirkelbach, Maika Ono, Kayla Lee, Sienna Bertamini and Janice Ho To read the cover story, turn to page 30

Discovery Bay’s original community magazine

JUNE 2017


How to tan wisely and well Your gateway into the Red Centre

38 Publishers in Lantau since 2002

Fantastic summer camps and where to find them SCREEN TIME

Are your kids addicted to tech?



We also publish… June/ July 2017


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PRINTING Fantasy Printing Limited 7/F Tin Fung Industrial Mansion 63 Wong Chuk Hang Road Aberdeen, Hong Kong DISCLAIMER The views expressed in AroundDB are not necessarily those of the publisher, editor or contributors. The publisher and editor cannot be held responsible for differences of opinion or statements published in good faith. The publisher, contributors, their employees and partners are not responsible for the results of any actions, errors or omissions taken on the basis of information contained in this publication and expressly disclaim all and any liability for any such action of any person. The mention of specific companies or products in articles or advertisements does not imply that they are endorsed or recommended by this magazine or its publisher in preference to others of a similar nature which are not mentioned or advertised. No part of this magazine may be reproduced in any form without permission.


DB TENNIS BONANZA The DB Recreation Centre junior tennis tournament on May 13 saw a host of young DBers take to the court in singles and doubles, with Bruno and Carl Loeffler two of the stars of the show winning multiple awards on the day. On May 6, the DB qualifiers for the Necker Cup were held, a tournament organised by Richard Branson in which the winners in each country are flown to Branson’s private island to play in an exclusive pro-am.





Discovery Bay International School’s secondary students performed a musical version of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe on April 26, 27 and 28. The experience promoted creative growth, with the cast involved in all the elements of the production, including lighting, costumes, props and set design.


Photos courtesy of DBIS

PIRATES BALL A combination of the Moulin Rouge theme, a threecourse dinner, fine wine, cocktails, cigars and whiskey made the Pirates Ball a night to remember on May 20, with a big crowd partying the night away at the Auberge.

Photos courtesy of Sharon McEneff and Colin Sim June 2017



LANTAU BUFFALOS 5KM RUN The Lantau Buffalos 5km Run saw children aged six to 14 tackle two courses throughout DB on May 13. Runners were split into groups – six- and seven-yearolds, those aged eight to 14 and the parent/ child category.


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WHAT OUR HONG KONG PARENTS SAY “Both my daughter and son go to St Davids College in Llandudno North Wales. My daughter Olivia is Dyslexic, and is coming up 16 this July. My Son James is not Dyslexic, but still attends the school. Both are boarders.All I can say is this: It was the best decision my wife and I have ever made. It is by far an exceptional school that has given both our children the skills to approach their futures full of confidence and with a sound knowledge of all that is necessary for the rest of their lives. I would highly recommend this school to any prospective pupils, and am available should any parent wish to contact me for more details.”

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“As expats we relocated to Hong Kong 11 years ago when our son was 2. Orin spent his early years struggling through the educational system here in Hong Kong with dyslexia. We tried various schools but constantly failed to get proper support and educational tools required to fit his learning needs. We finally discovered St Davids College, and Orin, who is now 13 years old, started at St Davids College in 2016. His educational learning experience has simply been transformed. Orin has embraced boarding experience and simply loves the outdoor education and activities, which play a pivotal part of his new education. St David’s College is so much more than a school, its a life’s education.”

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DMR’S YELLOW BRICK ROAD DMR School of Ballet’s annual show on May 3 – The Wizard of Oz, based on the 2017 movie Yellow Brick Road – saw six- to 17-year-olds light up the stage through a mix of ballet, modern, jazz and tap.

THE CRAYON RUN Kids aged from one to 15 and their parents enjoyed a fun run around Tai Pak Wan on May 20. They raised an impressive HK$31,433 for the Society of the Relief of Disabled Children/ Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital in Pok Fu Lam.


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YWC PRIZE-GIVING There was plenty to celebrate at the Around DB and Life on Lantau Young Writer’s Competition prize-giving on May 24, with the three mentors in attendance. This year’s finalists received book vouchers from competition sponsor Bookazine totalling HK$1,900. To read all about the competition and the talented writers involved, turn to page 30. To read Kayla Lee’s winning story, turn to page 44.


Congratulations to the key organisers and everyone who offered their services during May’s Helper Appreciation Month. With events and workshops ranging from yoga to swimming, helpers were able to attend a number of informative health-based sessions. Local schools also got in on the act, hosting a series of special events to allow students to thank their aunties.

Photos courtesy of Discovery Mind Primary School, Sophie Bonnin-Rocher, Splash Foundation and Mariles V. De Guzman


June 2017





A long-running playgroup with bright and spacious facilities. A warm and caring environment where children are offered exciting and interesting activities, so they can achieve their full potential.

Little Gems offers adult accompanied and drop off classes for little people in a fun, warm and nurturing home learning environment, involving creative, physical and sensory exploration activities, music and movement, story time and much more!

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6 months to 4 years, 6302 6327 Funfit offers an active learning programme as well as an accompanied toddler playgroup with lots of physical, sensory, imaginative and educational play opportunities to stimulate and delight little ones! The focus is on building confidence, friendships, lasting memories and having fun!

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15 months to 4 years, 9054 0565, A well-established playgroup, run by a Montessori-trained, first aid qualified teacher with lots of experience. A great supporting, stimulating and loving environment for little ones to learn from.


2 to 6 years, 6108 9131 A well-established Montessori playgroup, providing fun and stimulating activities. Morning, afternoon and full-day classes.




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Setting up a Family Trust - Trusts can be used for Tax Mitigation, Asset Protection and/or Succession Planning and are not just suitable for the wealthy.

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June 3 & 4


Get ready for summer with the latest and hottest designs from leading swimwear brands Seafolly, Baku, Moontide and Miracle Suit. With a wide array of styles and sizes to suit men, women and children, this truly is a one-stop family pop-up. To find out more, head to Throughout June

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. June 3

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

June 9-11


Themed Number Ones, Island Dance’s annual end-of-year show runs over three days this year, and sees teachers and students choose their favourite song to choreograph and dance to. Tickets are available at and more information at

June 3


by Plastic Free Seas and DB Green, at Nim Shue Wan from 9am to 11am. Visit June 8

DB ENTREPRENEURS NETWORKING BREAKFAST at Zak’s, DB, kicks off at 8am. For information and registration, head to the DB Entrepreneurs Networking Breakfast Facebook page or visit 20

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June 10

HARVEY LAW GROUP KART RACE Seabird Lane cycle track

June 12-16

The Harvey Law Group Kart Race is back and again promises to be an action-packed day, with proceedings kicking off at 9am. Categories cater to all ages, and all proceeds from the day go to charity. For more information and to secure your spot, head to

DBIS CREATIVE ARTS WEEK Discovery Bay International School

June 11


in DB Plaza from 11am to 6pm.

Discovery Bay International School’s (DBIS) creative arts week sees all students involved in a variety of music, dance, drama and art activities. The likes of creative writing, creative Photo courtesy of DBIS maths, digital art and Chinese art are brought together in a fun-filled week that features a creative arts exhibition evening on June 15, a battle of the bands on June 14 and a DBIS/ Discovery College joint primary choral concert on June 12.


May 14

Central and DB Plaza


all the amazing and dedicated fathers throughout Discovery Bay. Enjoy your day!

June 24


Orange Peel, D’Aguilar Street, Central Bopfest 2017, co-organised by DB rockabilly musician Chris Parker, sees Asia’s number one rockabilly band headlining. The Trix ‘O’ Treat Band is supported by The Triplejacks – Chris and two mates – who are debuting at Bopfest, and expect to follow that with an Asian tour in the autumn. You can also catch Chris behind the decks as CJ the DJ, one of two DJs on the night, along with Dave (Wobbly) Ross. Kicking off at 7.30pm, tickets start at HK$290 (including a drink) and are available at

Bookazine is holding a special June 15 handover event in the Prince’s Building, inviting customers to debate the SAR’s 20th anniversary with seven local authors, including popular cartoonist and writer Larry Feign. This month, Bookazine is also encouraging everyone to read more with its summer reading card. For every purchase of HK$80 or more, you get a stamp, Photo by Andrew Spires with five stamps entitling you to a complimentary tote bag and 10 stamps to a HK$100 Bookazine voucher. Email for more information and to register for the debate.


Integrated Medicine Institute, DB North Plaza

Find out about the benefits of hypnotherapy with IMI by booking your free 20-minute taster session. Non-invasive and highly relaxing, hypnotherapy can help with weight loss, pain management, confidence and motivation, among other things. Call 2537 1087 to book an appointment.

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Photo courtesy of Siddiq Bazarwala

Eight-year-old Discovery College student Humza Bazarwala has just self-published his first children’s book – The Ant and the HudHud – with all author proceeds being donated to White Helmets in Syria, a charity that supports civilian victims of the bombings in the war-torn country. The story is about helping each other no matter how small you are, with the first print run of 500 copies selling fast. To get your copy, email Siddiq Bazarwala at



Photo courtesy of Leon Adeoye

Launching in early June, mobile app Enrich Others is the brainchild of DB resident Leon Adeoye. The app’s unique social sharing features enable people to give items they no longer need to their friends and members of their community. By using the app people are reducing waste, lowering their community’s carbon footprint and hopefully helping those in need in a socially acceptable and seamless way. For more details on the app and how you can get your hands on it, head to


September 4-8

DB resident Shitu Saini is again leading a yoga and mindfulness retreat in Chiang Mai offering three days and four nights of rejuvenation. All are welcome from novices to experienced yogis, and classes are suitable for men and women of all abilities. For further information or to reserve a place, contact Shitu at or on 9469 0050.


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Earlier this year, 82-year-old Nicole Sicard was selected as one of 10 global semi-finalists, and one of three Hong Kong finalists, for Rotary’s The One international humanitarian award. Nominated for the award by the Rotary Club of Discovery Bay, Nicole has dedicated her life to educating Hong Kong’s poorest. She was named runner-up for Hong Kong and was awarded a cheque for HK$80,000 to dedicate to her two charities – Mayaa Nepal and Mayaa Hong Kong. In May, a generous donor who believed she should have won the award gave her HK$1 million.


Your money, your family, your future: The Stephen Putnam Practice is your trusted source of financial advice


Photos courtesy of The Stephen Putnam Practice and

hen it comes to personal wealth management, the most important element is trust. It’s crucial that your finances are managed by someone who has a proven record giving outstanding financial advice, with the backing of an established and well-respected organisation.


Stephen Putnam, managing partner at The Stephen Putnam Practice, a partner practice of St. James’s Place, has over 35 years’ experience in the UK at senior management/ board level, including establishing and operating his own successful company before moving to Hong Kong. Stephen operates his own Discovery Bay practice with a dedicated, client-focused team, supported by the St. James’s Place Hong Kong head office in Central. Stephen is recognised as one of St. James’s Place Hong Kong’s most experienced and established partners. He provides a bespoke private-client experience similar to that of a private bank, encompassing all aspects of personal and corporate finance. He caters to high-net-worth

clients worldwide, and more than 90% are willing to refer his services to friends and family, such is the strength of the advice he gives.

Stephen Putnam, managing partner at The Stephen Putnam Practice

individuals who require expert knowledge and advice in estate planning, taxation and trust planning, as well as family investors saving for their children’s education, mortgage deposits and retirement funds. Supported by St. James’s Place Stephen is able to call on not only the talented individuals within his own practice, but the thousandstrong support team of St. James’s Place, which includes experts in all areas of wealth management. St. James’s Place has over half a million

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“We place clients at the very heart of everything we do and recognise that all circumstances and objectives are unique,” Stephen says. “Our advice and services are personally tailored to each client, and are underpinned by St. James’s Place’s distinctive approach to investment management in which the Investment Committee selects from some of the best fund managers worldwide to manage its exclusive range of funds. As a result of the whole experience, clients very often continue their working relationship with us over many years, appreciating a source of trusted advice as their financial needs and priorities evolve over time.” To provide added peace of mind, St. James’s Place also guarantees the suitability of The Stephen Putnam Practice’s advice when recommending any of the wealth management products and services available from companies in the group.

Stephen wants you to make the most of your personal wealth

Throughout his career, Stephen has adopted an ethical and responsible approach with his clients and colleagues which engenders mutual trust between all stakeholders. He provides a holistic approach to all aspects of individual and corporate financial planning including:

A holistic approach to financial planning Stephen can review any current financial plans you have in place and make recommendations on your current investment performances, including pension trusts transferred to a QROPS. He has a plethora of high quality resources to call upon and is able to provide financial health checks free of charge.

Existing investments restructuring

 ersonal and corporate financial P protection against risk

Preserving and building capital

Estate planning (reducing Inheritance Tax liability)

Multi-jurisdictional taxation and pension planning

• Celebrating its 25th anniversary since inception and its third year of expansion to Asia

Family Life assurance

 ompany insurances such as C key man and public and employee liability

• Global reach, with offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and all over the UK

Stephen is licensed by the Hong Kong Securities & Futures Commission and the Hong Kong Confederation of Insurance Brokers.

Stephen wants you to make the most of your personal wealth – shouldn’t you talk to a specialist adviser before deciding on your plans? After all, it’s your money, your family, your future.

About St. James’s Place • St. James’s Place is a FTSE 100 private client company

• More than 79.8 billion GBP in funds under management

The Stephen Putnam Practice is conveniently located at DB Plaza; to make an appointment call 2914 0388. For more on St. James’s Place Hong Kong, visit June 2017



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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 a month’s free membership of Body Express YOUR PRIZE: Body Express is offering three readers a one-month free membership of its DB North Plaza fitness studio (worth HK$3,500).

Why only once a week?

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Win a place on Bayview House of Children’s Creative Programme

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Name two summer programmes offered by Bayview House of Children.

YOUR PRIZE: Bayview House of Children is offering one reader a week’s enrolment in its Creative Programme (worth HK$1,800). These summer camps run from July 3 to August 11, 8.45am to 11.45am. FIND THE ANSWER: Bayview House of Children, in DB North Plaza, offers classes for children aged 18 months to six years. This summer’s Creative Programme is focused on nature and the environment, and there’s also a Multi-Sport Programme, which teaches leadership, teamwork and confidence. For more information, visit or contact


What health conditions can Japanese acupuncture treat?

YOUR PRIZE: Integrated Medicine Institute (IMI), in DB North Plaza, is offering one reader a one-hour Japanese acupuncture session (worth HK$1,000). FIND THE ANSWER: Relying on ultra-thin needles and shallow insertion, Japanese acupuncture can treat a wide variety of health conditions, including abdominal pain, anxiety, high blood pressure and women’s issues. To book an appointment with IMI’s Galit Cohen Nagar, call 2537 1087. To find out more, visit

Congratulations to last month’s winners Yuki Taida for a meal for two at Airport Izakaya; Danelia Eadon for a summer surf camp from Treasure Island; Christine Baker for a travel insurance package from Lifestyle Insurance; and Haea Park and Diana Healy for tickets to An Afternoon of Music.


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Heroes and villains

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The Around DB and Life on Lantau Young Writer’s Competition 2017 challenged students to write from the point of view of a famous historical figure. Sam Agars meets the finalists


he Around DB and Life on Lantau Young Writer’s Competition (YWC) continues to surprise each year, with local students producing articulate and considered pieces in a bid to have their work published. This year’s theme – writing from the point of view of a famous historical figure – required in-depth research and a thoughtful approach, something that


The finalists: Janice Ho, Kayla Lee and Sienna Bertamini

was delivered in spades by the young writers, submitting entries from seven schools. It was then up to the judges Peter Sherwood, Sharon Lesley Le Roux and Trisha Hughes, all regular Around DB contributors, to select and mentor three finalists and shape their work. Peter chose 14-year-old Sienna Bertamini from Discovery Bay International School (DBIS),

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Sharon selected Janice Ho, 13 and also from DBIS, and Trisha picked 13-year-old Kayla Lee from YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College. The judges also chose three runnersup – Micah Zirkelbach, Seo Jin Park and Maika Ono, all DB residents. Micah, 13, a DBIS student, wrote from the point of view of Jesus Christ, Seo Jin, 14, a Discovery College student, Albert Einstein,

and Maika Ono, 13, from Island School, Katharine Hepburn.

help her in her goal to one day have a book published.

In the subsequent online vote, conducted on the Around DB and Life on Lantau Facebook pages, Kayla was crowned the winner of the Bookazinesponsored competition with 284 votes, while Janice placed second with 116 votes and Sienna third, with 76 votes.

“I really loved working with Trisha, she taught me how to delve more into the complexity of Josef Mengele,” Kayla says. “I am working on two books at the moment and I have a character who is based on Josef Mengele, my villain, and I thought it would be a good creative exercise for me to get to know my villain for my book.”

You can read the finalists’ stories at, and Kayla’s winning story on page 44, but first let’s learn a little more about the writers and their work. Kayla: Josef Mengele It was on noticing that people often write about good people that Kayla chose Josef Mengele, the SS physician, infamous for his inhumane medical experimentation on concentration camp prisoners at Auschwitz during the Second World War. Kayla, who lives in Tung Chung, has Josef grappling with what is right and wrong as he struggles with the lack of recognition for his monstrous deeds. Kayla says she wanted to write from Josef’s point of view because “people tend to see others in only black and white. I decided to write about Josef Mengele so that I could detail the depths of the human personality.” Writing has long been a hobby of Kayla’s and something that helps her step back from the pressures of everyday life, and she says she entered the competition for fun and to challenge herself. “I thought it would be a really good opportunity for me to improve my skills,” she says. “I love the fact that I can create new worlds out of mid air and new characters, and I can escape when I’m having real-life problems.” Through her work with Trisha, Kayla was able to add depth to her writing, something she hopes will

Trisha says Kayla “listened beautifully and took all of my suggestions on board”, and that she chose her story because it was different from the rest.

I decided to write about Josef Mengele so that I could detail the depths of the human personality

“For a 13-year-old I could see a lot of emotion in there,” says Trisha, the author of best-selling memoir Daughters of Nazareth and the justpublished historical novel, Vikings to Virgin: The Hazards of being King. “If she can produce this now at 13, then she has got the world at her feet.” It only took minor tweaks to enhance Kayla’s story. “Her story was good, but I knew it could be better,” Trisha says. “I knew she had it in her because she had already brought out a lot of the arrogance and the disdain of what Mengele was like.”

Janice: Anne Frank The holocaust theme continues in Janice’s work, with the DB resident choosing Anne Frank, one of the most well-known victims of Hitler’s Nazi Germany. Janice chose Anne for two reasons – her interest in the holocaust and because she was learning about her in drama class. “The hiding part of her life really stood out to me and that is what she is well known for,” Janice says. “I don’t usually write diary entries so it was different and I really enjoyed writing it.” Janice feels she is a better writer after working with her mentor, Sharon, calling the experience amazing. “She taught me how to drag someone into the story and how to make the reader read in Anne Frank’s voice,” Janice says. Like Kayla, Janice finds the writing process therapeutic. “It’s probably my only way to escape from reality, and writing down my emotions really does help me calm down and release all of my stress,” she says. Sharon, who runs creative writing workshops for kids through The Story Studio, was impressed by Janice’s original work and says that only minimal changes were needed. “Her piece was really insightful, it obviously touched her, the Anne Frank story, as she really got in character,” she says. “She was really good at showing what was happening in the house and the tensions; she was really good at showing, not telling. “We made a little tweak about the pork that was being eaten at the end,” Sharon adds. “Obviously because of their religion they had never eaten it. It kind of made me as the reader ask, did they eat it or not? I advised Sienna to follow things through to their natural conclusion because the reader will want to know.”  June 2017



Sienna: Harriet Tubman Sienna chose to write from the perspective of Harriet Tubman, a humanitarian famous for her work freeing slaves during the American Civil War. The young DB resident explores Harriet’s thoughts during one of her missions to release slaves, having chosen her as a follow-up to a Year 7 project. “In Year 7, I did a similar topic on her because we had to choose someone that we thought was a hero,” Sienna says. “I chose Harriet Tubman and I did a lot of research into her.” It’s clear that Sienna gained a lot from working with her mentor Peter, the author of 15 books and a former South China Morning Post columnist. “What I took out of it the most was that to really connect with the reader, you have to understand who you are writing about,” Sienna says. “I had to really research into what Harriet Tubman did and try to connect with how she felt, therefore the reader could feel that same way. Peter really showed me how to do that and gave me some really great tips.” Peter chose Sienna’s piece not because he initially thought it was the best, but because he felt it showed great promise. “Sienna showed she could feel what her subject was experiencing,” he

The runners-up: Micah Zirkelbach, Seo Jin Park and Maika Ono

says. “She was able to colour her story with the atmosphere of the situation. She is naturally curious and I thought she had the potential to improve her story further.” For Sienna, the process has only been a positive one: “The main benefit for me was that overall my

writing has improved, especially when I’m writing in historical context. I just find it relaxing, putting words down on paper. Usually everything is muddled together in my mind, but by putting it down on paper, it’s a place for other people to see it. I really like what writing can do.”

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PF, UVA, UVB, waterand sweat-resistant – the labelling used on storebought sunblock leaves a lot to be desired. The marketing terms are at best vague (ultra-sport!), at worst misleading (total block!). It’s no wonder then that so many of us diligently apply a ‘high protection’ sunscreen only to find ourselves burnt to a cinder within an hour or so. What we wanted was a golden, sunkissed tan; one that hides a multitude of flaws, and makes us look slimmer and healthier... and what we got was lobster.

much exposure can cause not just temporary discomfort but premature wrinkling and sagging of the skin, eye damage (due to macular degeneration), and skin cancer. Still, sunscreen manufacturers claim to (literally) have our backs covered, so maybe those of us who factorup religiously – who have made sunscreen an integral part of our daily beauty regimes – have a right to complain when the products don’t do what they say they will do.

Factor up It’s been over 30 years since the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) introduced its first regulations for

Only ourselves to blame? Possibly. We all know deep down that sunbathing is a mug’s game – too

To achieve the SPF listed on

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sunscreen. Historically, it was thought that the UVB rays that caused sunburn were damaging, while the UVA rays that caused tanning were relatively harmless. In recent years, however, research has shown that the effects of UVB and UVA overlap. “Under 2011 FDA regulations, all sunscreens must be broad spectrum; in other words, they protect against UVA and UVB,” Dr Yau Wing Him of Quality Healthcare Medical Centre (DB) explains. “To be classified as broad spectrum, the sunprotection factor (SPF) must be at least 15 (the maximum is SPF50+). To qualify as water resistant, a sunscreen must demonstrate that it retains its SPF value after a person has been immersed in water for 40 or 80 minutes.” An SPF15 product is said to screen about 94% of UVB rays, an SPF30 97%. But you’ll still burn if you don’t apply enough, often enough. Remember you are not using sunscreen in the way that it’s measured in the lab – use a SPF30 too sparingly and its effectiveness is reduced to one third.

the label, reapply sunscreen every two to three hours

Dr Yau suggests you follow the modified teaspoon rule – one teaspoon of sunscreen for face/ head/ neck; two teaspoons for front and back torso; one teaspoon for each arm; two teaspoons to each leg – 15 to 30 minutes before exposure. And that you reapply it every two to three hours. If you sweat a lot or swim a lot, reapply a water-resistant sunscreen after 40 minutes. If it is used properly, sunscreen use has been shown to reduce the risk of skin cancer but Dr Yau also recommends we implement common sense strategies. “Other than using broad-spectrum sunscreens, wear

protective clothing – long sleeve shirts and pants, and broad brimmed hats. Wear sunglasses (children’s eyes are particularly vulnerable) and bear in mind many types of glass do not filter UVA. Stay in the shade at midday. “Oral retinoids and dietary soy isoflavones may help to prevent skin cancer,” Dr Yau adds. “Nicotinamide, polyphenols (found in green tea), and fern-leaf extract have been shown to reduce the effects of UV radiation.” Risk factors The bottom line is that there is no such thing as a healthy ‘natural’ tan. “It is important to dispel the notion that having a tan is protective,” says Dr Yau. “Tanning of the skin is a result of UV-ray damage to the DNA of your skin cells, and skin damage is cumulative.” The rate of skin cancer (both melanoma and non-melanoma) is on the rise. The term non-melanoma skin cancer includes two major types – basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). “Risk factors for skin cancer are UV-radiation exposure (sunlight and artificial tanning), sunburn, having pale skin and ageing,” says Dr Yau. “Men are twice as likely to develop skin cancer as women. Tobacco smoking has also been linked to SCC. With malignant melanoma (MM), you also need to consider your family history and whether the number of moles you have on your skin is increasing. “Public education is essential,” Dr Yau adds. “For instance, childhood sun exposure is strongly associated with skin cancer. For babies of six months and younger, it is best to avoid sun and sunscreen. Their skin is thinner with lower melanin protection, so UV radiation penetrates deeper.”  June 2017



The ABCDEs of Detecting Melanoma











Borders are even

One colour

Smaller than 1/4 inch

Ordinary mole


Borders are uneven

Multiple colours

Larger than 1/4 inch

Changing in size, shape and colour




Detecting skin cancer BCC accounts for 75-80% of nonmelanoma skin cancers. It usually manifests as slow-growing, pearly nodules on the face of an elderly person. These rarely spread elsewhere but they erode into the surrounding tissue and bone. Accounting for about 20% of nonmelanoma skin cancers, SCC tends to be more aggressive than BCC. It invades tissues beneath the skin and may spread to lymph nodes and distant parts of the body. These cancers (ulcerated or crusted lesions) typically develop on sun-exposed parts of the body, such as the face, ears, neck, lips and back of hands but they can also develop within scars. Dr Yau stresses that we should also be mindful of actinic keratoses (AK) – a precursor to SCC – that manifests as small, scaly red patches or yellowwhite scaly crusts on sun-exposed skin. “In some countries, over half the population over 40 has one or more,” he says. “These growths usually start to appear in middle-age but are now being seen in people in their 20s.”

MM is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. “The five-year survival rate is improving (now upwards of 80%) but since a cure for this form of cancer is still being sought, we need to concentrate on prevention and early detection,” says Dr Yau. “Watch for the development of a new pigmented or unusual looking growth on your skin, or changes to the shape or colour of existing moles. “As with SCC and BCC, MM usually develops as a lump on normal skin but 30-50% of growths develop in a pre-existing mole,” Dr Yau adds. “So a mole which is changing could indicate a melanoma. Look for ABCDE changes in a mole: Asymmetry/ Border irregularity; Colour irregularity; Diameter over 6 millimetres; Evolving over time. Changes in size, shape and colour are more significant signs than itching, pain, or bleeding in any mole.”

People with fair complexions (especially those whose skin burns easily and never tans), anyone living under high sun exposure, outdoor workers and those with a family history are most at risk. Dr Yau recommends six- to 12-monthly skin examinations by a dermatologist. Seeing all this in black and white will be an unwelcome eye-opener for diehard DB sun-worshippers. But maybe it really is time to forgo the shore and start faking it. While tanning beds are not the way forward, as they are known to emit both UVA and UVB radiation, you can get a great fake tan in tablet form or in a bottle. Apply it yourself or visit a tanning booth and have a beautician spray it on you. Thus prepped, if you must head to the beach, slap on the SPF30+ and seek shade.

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With all the different summer activities on offer across DB and Lantau, how do you decide which will benefit your child the most? Samantha Wong reports

f your kids are anything like mine they are starting to get beyond excited about the upcoming school holidays. We’ll be heading overseas for a stretch to see family and they say they are quite happy to do absolutely nothing for the rest of the break. But I’m not buying it. We tried that last year and hanging around at home and in the plaza simply didn’t do it for them – or their devoted and longsuffering Auntie. So this year, I’ve decided, we are going to enrol in some summer camps.

enough – making sure they are going to have lots of fun should be a first priority. And that at least should be easy enough to achieve. No matter which type of camp I choose, the kids will be given the opportunity to be busy and social, which is something they both secretly enjoy.

It seems to me that in choosing a summer camp for your children – with your children if they are old

Selecting a camp

Hopefully too, away from the pressures and social hierarchies of school, they’ll be able to make new friends and, with the guidance of adult mentors, discover new things about themselves.

Generally speaking then, it’s safe to

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say that summer camp is going to be a fun experience for the kids but this gets me no closer to deciding on a specific course for them. Looked at one way the decision is simple. I’ll sign them up for an activity they already enjoy and give them the chance to focus on it, and get seriously good at it. True to gender stereotyping, my son is into martial arts and my daughter lives to dance, so that immediately narrows the field. Game over, you might say, job done. But having thought about this a lot, I’m tempted to go the other way... sign the kids up for a course in something new and unexpected, something that will expand their horizons.

Turn the page for an introduction to 18 top DB and Lantau summer camps so maybe a few sessions on the playing field will put a stop to that. To keep things interesting (at least from my perspective), I’m also considering enrolling the kids in a classroom-based camp. I’ve read about the ‘summer slide’, where grade points are lost because of lack of tuition over the holidays, and I want to avoid it. There’ll be no ‘snoozing and losing’ at our house! Hopefully, an educational camp won’t be too dull for the kids. I’m told that these specialised, teacher-led summer courses make learning and problem-solving fun and interactive.

As my son could also do with some extra tuition in Maths, this will kill two birds with one stone. So there’s my answer. We’ll plump for not one but six summer camps – the kids will each get to explore their favourite hobbies, try something new and keep up with their studies. It’s starting to look like a busy, productive and most importantly fun summer!

5 skills kids gain at summer camp Camp gives kids the opportunity to be busy and social

Neither of my kids are what you would call outdoorsy; they’re homebodies. When they’re not deep in their books, my daughter is hardwired to the computer and my son is glued to the TV. Any camp I choose will encourage them to unplug and get social, but I’m thinking one that’s based outdoors could be the way to go. So perhaps I’ll sign them up for a sports course. It would be good to see them being physically active but more than that, I’d like to see them simply spending time outdoors, connecting with nature in some way. They are always saying they aren’t interested in being outdoors, that they lack access and are uncomfortable,

1 How to build personal relationships. Children learn to work with each other and their adult mentors, outside of the classroom and family unit. While building new friendships, they learn to navigate through group dynamics, manage conflict and accept guidance. 2. How to empathise. Placed in a new environment with new people, kids learn to value the kindnesses of others and they begin to give of themselves in return. In challenging situations, they learn to be sensitive and to support friends who are struggling. 3 How to work as a team. Children learn that to succeed, they must work together as part of a team. Rather than thinking only of themselves, they begin to see themselves as part of a community, and with this comes a valuable sense of acceptance and belonging. 4 How to enjoy new experiences. By putting themselves out there and trying new things, kids begin to understand what it takes to succeed in life. They develop decision-making skills to get themselves through challenging situations, and they grow in confidence and flexibility. 5 How to be resilient. By tackling an activity that pushes them outside their comfort zone, children come away with a stronger sense of personal pride and self-reliance. As they progress through a course, their confidence builds and they accomplish tasks that at first seemed impossible. All this builds strength of character, courage and determination.

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GET CREATIVE ARK EDEN 2984 8514,, Ark Eden’s eco camps bring out the adventurous, curious and compassionate side of children, aged five to 11. Held in Mui Wo and other naturally beautiful sites across Lantau, each day is different, such as Survival Camp, A Day on the Farm and Wizardry and Potions. Activities include forest play, making a treehouse, campfire cooking and netting in the streams.

SUMMER CAMPS July 3-August 11 BAYVIEW HOUSE OF CHILDREN 6114 2436,, Bayview House of Children provides six weeks of summer fun for children aged three to six in DB. The Creative Programme, held in the mornings, includes arts and crafts, musical movement, gardening, science and cookery. At the afternoon Multi-Sport Programme, conducted by Forward Motion, kids learn various sports and play fun, physical games. Trained coaches guide the children to build confidence, learn about leadership and work as a team.

July 3-August 11 June 26-August 25 FAUST INTERNATIONAL 2547 9114,, Faust International is bringing its summer theatre camps to DB for the first time, along with classes on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Kids aged three to 14 have the opportunity to learn drama techniques in the week-long Summer Theatre Programme, while the Creative Writing Workshop develops the creativity and skills of budding writers.

June 17-August 26 LIANG’S STUDIO 2572 3168,, The Music Enrichment Programme (MEP), held over the summer in DB by Liang’s Studio, is exclusively designed for children aged three to 10. Workshops run every Saturday through both morning and afternoon sessions, and include listening and singing, rhythm and intonation, and body movement for the performing arts.

LITTLE GEMS PLAYGROUP, At Little Gems Playgroup’s summer fun programme, there’s a Baby Accompanied Class (12 to 18 months), a Toddler Accompanied Class (18 months and above), and a Drop-Off Class (two to three-and-a-half years). Children enjoy a fun, warm and nurturing environment involving creative, physical and sensory exploration activities, musical movement and story time.

July 3-August 25 June 26-August 25

RUMPLE AND FRIENDS 9830 8287,, Rumple and Friends’ Big Top Academy Summer Camp in Sheung Wan allows kids, aged three to 10, to explore a diverse range of theatrical techniques through script work and musical theatre. Themes include magic and circus, explorers and adventurers, and pirates and mermaids. The courses are taught by professional performers with extensive teaching experience.

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DMR SCHOOL OF BALLET 2987 4338,, DMR School of Ballet’s one- and two-day summer dance workshops and classes in DB provide excellent dance training for students, in addition to exploring the wider world of dance. Summer training allows students, aged three to 20 years, to maintain peak physical shape through workshops, such as Twinkle Tots Ballet, Song and Dance, Barre, Balance and Ballet, Posture, Poses and Performance and the famous, Choreography Camp.

THE STORY STUDIO 6341 3989,, The Story Studio offers creative fun for imaginative kids aged seven to 13, at its summer writing workshops in DB and Tung Chung. The holiday workshops are for imaginative kids who enjoy reading, and love writing their own stories. Fun activities get the creative sparks flying, helping students create personal writing portfolios to take home.

July 10-August 24

GET SMART CODING KIDS 6274 1167,, Coding Kids is offering camps in DB for young coders, aged five to 12, to equip them with the skills they need for the future. The Hackathon Summer Camp introduces kids to building their own website with a crash course on HTML and CSS, while the Young Coders and Advanced Javascript Camp is filled with Star Wars-themed games, challenges and code.

July 3-July 21

July 3-August 11 CREATIVE CODING 9469 8225 or 2973 0106,, Creative Coding’s Smart Home Summer Camp in DB combines science, technology, engineering, art and maths (STEAM) for kids aged six to 16. Beginners learn about circuitry and coding as they build their own robot, while experienced kids learn to use robotic sensors. Advanced students build Apps and make STEM projects.

DR BEAR EDUCATION CENTRE 6762 6264,, Dr Bear Education Centre’s Mandarin Summer Camp in DB provides a relaxing and joyful learning environment for kids aged two and above. Classroom-based learning includes topics such as food, shopping, family, music and sports.

June 26-August 12

YIFAN MANDARIN 2480 3909,, Mandarin for Munchkins™ runs a fun Mandarin summer school in DB suitable for kids aged three to nine. With options of morning or full-day school, the goal is to help learners discover the joy of learning Mandarin through fun activities. Children aged nine to 14 can also take part in a six-week summer boot camp through Mandarin for Teens™.

June 26-August 18

GET SPORTY June 19-August 4 ASIA PACIFIC ADVENTURE 2792 7160,, Asia Pacific Adventure’s week-long adventure programmes are conducted around Hong Kong’s beautiful coastline. The Marine Adventures Programme, targeted at 10 to 12 year olds, includes kayaking, SUP and lessons in marine ecology. The Coast to Coast Programme allows children, aged 13 to 15, to go on a kayaking expedition and a gorge trek, run an adventure race and snorkel.

July 3-July 14

HARRY WRIGHT INTERNATIONAL 2575 6279,, Harry Wright International, ‘The Premier Swim School’, is offering its popular five-day weekly intensives in the mornings and three-day weekly intensives in the afternoons, including its unique Infant Aquatic and Learn to Swim Programme. The classes are held in DB and are suitable for all levels, four months and above.

HK DRAGONS 5360 0565,, HK Dragons offers football camps in DB, Pui O and Stanley for kids, aged three and above, of all abilities. Children learn teamwork, fair play and a competitive spirit in a fun and safe environment. Professional coaching from UEFA/ FA qualified coaches ensures an improvement in skills, match awareness and fitness.

June 26-August 12

IGYM 6077 2758,, iGym’s new All-Day Mixed Sports Camp, allows campers to experience a large variety of sports including gymnastics, soccer, basketball, volleyball, touch rugby. With qualified staff and expert camp counsellors, activities run from Monday to Saturday. Kids, aged eight to 14, can expect excursions to Ocean Park, Disneyland, EpicLand and a day of surfing. The aim is to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle in today’s youth.


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July 3-July 8

IGYM 6077 2758,, iGym’s summer gymnastics camp offers its regular early morning gymnastics programmes in DB, for kids aged three to 14. Beginner and intermediate classes involve innovative gymnastic programmes, arts and crafts and games, to create a high energy learning environment. Kids develop new skills and a sense of adventure, while making new friends and gaining confidence.

July 3-July 8

TREASURE ISLAND 2546 3543,, Treasure Island gives children, aged five to 16, the chance to learn to surf on beautiful Pui O Beach at one of its surf camps (Grommets Beginner Surf, Surfers Intermediate and Adventure Camp). In addition to surfing, beginners learn water safety and ocean education, while intermediates can try SUP, kayaking, hiking, coasteering and camping.

June 19-August 25


Angel of Death Josef Mengele

By getting inside the mind of a psychopath, Kayla Lee, the 13-year-old winner of the Around DB and Life on Lantau Young Writer’s Competition 2017, brings history to life


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n ev e r i m a g i n e d I w o u l d find solace in my solitude on the shores of Argentina. The warm feeling of golden sand fades as I step into the midmost mulch, and I search for my homeland over the horizon, millions of miles away. The waves beckon to me, seemingly willing to wash away any traces of socalled sin. The bitter tang of salt on the wind and the ominous calls of seabirds worsen the explosions in my head, elevating them from mere fireworks to nuclear demons at full velocity.


Nobody here knows me. There are no admirers here to sing my praises. It irritates me to think that there are people in the world who go to sleep at night without worries, people who have never known the great deeds I’ve done for them. The first day at Auschwitz My head is pounding, so unlike my heart. It does no good to follow the heart. I am a sadist, and rightfully so. Kindness would have gotten me nowhere in these times. I was respected – feared, even, by the strongest of my subordinates. I had the power of life and death in my hands, the power to either condemn prisoners to a painful end or reach out to them as a saviour. I was Julius Caesar and they were the slaves. Or rather, I was the Angel of Death, cold and aloof, separated from mortal woes. June 2017

Josef Mengele, 1911-1979

I remember the first day at Auschwitz, the hordes of bewildered, trembling creatures herded like cattle. Mothers clutched their children and husbands as if their lives depended on it. Not that it mattered – most of them would have been dead within the year, if not for my intervention. They stank like the dead, and looked halfway there. Those foolish soldiers were too idiotic to realise the potential that the prisoners had as my lab rats. All they cared about was their bloody glory. They never realised the full extent I would go to in order to help them, and all of my fellow Nazis. This was my gateway to greatness, and my chance to raise myself above the pawns. And with the earnings that have been hard won by myself, I’ve managed to give my family a good life and future. Rolf, my dear son, will never have to struggle for food nor money. There is a beast in every one of us I am strangely calm as the tainted water envelopes me, seeping through my nostrils and into my lungs. I get up with an aching body and iron will, and tread deeper. And speaking of Rolf, was he the same as all the gypsy twins who called me Uncle Josef? Could they have been just as human and innocent as he was in infantile form, just as susceptible to pain? Did Irene shudder at the thought of my work when Rolf asked what his father did to ensure the both of them were safe and well? Did she think of me as a monster not unlike the ones from my own son’s childhood tales? Or was I a hero to her just as much as I was to Rolf, another man fighting to win the war?

Kayla Lee, YWC 2017 winning writer

No. They were vermin, rightfully exterminated. They would have poisoned the pure bloodlines, and manipulated the innocent Aryans into thinking that they deserved the right of German citizens. Liquid has replaced the air. I breathe involuntarily. The migraines have finally left me, long enough for me to have my final thoughts. I hope it ends quickly for me. Will the world know all there is about me? No, I think, as I sink to the bottom, lungs screaming for air as the merciless waves batter me

bruised. There is one more thing they don’t know. I am no monster. It was my duty to contribute to science in the grand scheme of the world. But there is a beast in each and every one of us, and it is futile to struggle to cage it. The bubbles stream from my mouth as I smile for the last time. There is no light at the end of the tunnel. Nor are the cruel clutches of hellfire waiting to hold me in their grasp – the end I had once accepted. It’s too late for regrets now.

In the Around DB and Life on Lantau Young Writer’s Competition 2017, DB and Lantau secondary school students were asked to write from the point of view of a famous historical figure. Congratulations to the winner Kayla Lee, to Janice Ho, who placed second, and to Sienna Bertamini, who placed third. A well-deserved shout-out also goes to the three runners-up: Micah Zirkelbach, Seo Jin Park and Maika Ono. To read all about this year’s competition and the talented writers involved, turn to page 30. For photos of the prize-giving, sponsored by Bookazine, turn to page 16.

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Our lives are increasingly and inextricably governed by technology. What effect does this increased reliance on screens have on our children? Kate Farr reports

Is your teen addicted to social media?

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ccording to a 2015 paper published by Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection, the median age in Hong Kong for regular exposure to screens is just eight months old, with an average of 44 minutes of television watched each day. The study also reveals that 23% of primary-aged children spend up to three hours per day in front of a screen, with this figure increasing to 40% by the time they reach secondary school.

limited, learning resource. “I think it does benefit children to experience using different kinds of technology,” Jane says. “Being able to navigate around an iPad, knowing how to research and independently use apps that enable them to be creative, for example producing stories and graphics… these are all important skills. Many apps support children's understanding of coding at various different levels, and it is understood that this will be a big part of our children’s future.”

So are these figures evidence that we’re raising a generation of screen junkies? Not necessarily so, says Discovery Bay resident Jane Faragó, a primary class teacher at Beacon Hill School, who uses tablets in the classroom as a specific, though

Danny Harrington, director of educational service provider, ITS Education, agrees. “One of the things that technology is doing is changing the parameters of how we do things… education is no different,” he says. “The iPad was never specifically

designed as a piece of educational technology, but it was designed as a mass communication device, and so for educators to incorporate tablets into their classrooms is probably more natural than people may feel.” Danny believes there can be numerous, and often unexpected benefits to utilising screens in education, including engaging children who may in the past have struggled with traditional learning environments. “Screens are interesting,” he says, “the colour, sound and movement offer a stimulating environment. They are also a key delivery method for leisure, so there is an opportunity with reluctant learners to draw them into educational experiences.” June 2017



Are tablets a valid learning resource?

Addiction to social media But as with all things, moderation is key, and this is often where problems can occur as children struggle to manage their own exposure. Clinical psychologist Dr Quratulain Zaidi of MindnLife in Central frequently works with young people who are addicted to screens, and, while she broadly supports the use of technology in education, she is increasingly concerned about the quantity and type of information that teens, in particular, are exposed to. “We know that information overload increases anxiety, and that being at the receiving end of constant information isn’t helpful,” Dr Zaidi says. “In a recent talk to a group of teens, I posed the question: Over the course of one hour, how much time do you spend working on your device, and what do you do for the rest of that time? On average, they spent just 10 to 15 minutes per hour working, with the rest spent on chatting, gaming or social media.”

for groups to identify with – a sense of freedom that they can share their secrets within a group – but this often has unhelpful consequences. Studies show that nearly half of all internet users under 35 regret posting personal information about themselves.” Providing alternatives Dr Zaidi says that the very best thing parents can do to support their teens is to keep an open line of communication: “Teach your children effective communication by engaging in conversation with them. Support them and talk to them, so they can learn the art of conversation; once learnt, this skill is invaluable.” Jane agrees that both communication and the development of social skills are key. “It is important to have a balance,” she says. “We always advocate the importance of developing children's social skills to parents. This can only develop

It is this that gives Dr Zaidi the most cause for concern. “Social media gives people a false sense of community,” she says. “Teens look


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when they meet, play and converse with others, preferably of their own age. Children need time to explore outside in the real world, such as at the beach or in country parks, and time to create things with their hands, such as artwork, junk modelling and building with blocks or Lego.” And these words from Danny are a sobering home truth for many of us. “Parents should look to themselves,” he says. “Children copy their parents more than anyone. If you look up from your own screen to shout at them for too much screen time and then go back to your own screen, you are setting yourself up for conflict.” With that in mind, perhaps we can all benefit from powering down once in a while.

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Dreamtime Venturing deep into Australia’s Red Centre, Jennifer Thiele gets her fill of never-ending desert landscapes, mighty rock formations and big skies

Mighty Uluru (Ayers Rock) is a sacred part of Aboriginal creation mythology

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ather than flying into Ayers Rock Airport, you’re better off making Alice Springs your gateway into the Red Centre. Some 460 kilometres from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, and halfway between Darwin and Adelaide, both 1,500 kilometres away, it’s one of the most remote towns in the Australian outback, bursting with history, indigenous art and wilderness adventure. The area around Alice Springs is known as Mparntwe to its original inhabitants, the Arrernte Aboriginal people, who have lived in the Central Australian desert for over 20,000 years. The white settlement was founded in the late 1800s with the June 2017

coming of the Overland Telegraph Line, and named after Alice Todd, the wife of the former Postmaster General of South Australia. Outback road trip

Leaving Alice Springs

Lake Swanson

The five-hour drive from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park opens up an extraordinary landscape of desert plains, mountain ranges, waterholes and gorges. The iron-coated red sand is set against a deep blue sky that seems to roll on forever. Hidden in the Spinifex grasses and Mulga trees, you’ll spot goannas, snakes, eagles, kites, budgies and, of course, kangaroos. On the amazing drive through Arrernte country, you catch sight

Arrernte Aboriginal people have lived in the outback for over 20.000 years

of flat-topped, sandstone-capped Mount Conner, known locally as Fool-uru since tourists often mistake it for mighty Uluru (Ayers Rock). Mount Conner sits on private land, so if you want to do more than admire it from a distance you need to book a tour through Curtin Springs Station. You can also view Lake Swanson, one of seven salt lakes on the property. This arid salt mass stretches to the horizon – it’s not the place for a swim. Travelling on, you get your first glimpse of Uluru from almost 100 kilometres away. At that moment, as you stand in awe before the world’s largest monolith, you’ll understand why I recommend you journey into the Red Centre from Alice.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park On arrival at Yulara, a little village about 18 kilometres from Uluru, you’ll find multiple accommodation options, varying from camping grounds to the luxury Longitude 131 resort. Be sure to book well in advance as Yulara is not the sort of place where you can just rock up and hope for the best. Before you head into the park, make the time to gen up on general safety information. Likely you’ll be vacationing in the Australian winter (from April to September) thus avoiding the 40°C summer temperatures, regardless, you should always carry a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water. And if you’re

planning on going walkabout, be sure to wear closed-toe shoes. Stop by the Cultural Centre to pick up your visitor’s guide, get a feel for how the park is managed and learn about its iconic rock. Standing at 348 metres high, 3.6 kilometres long and 1.9 kilometres wide, Uluru is considered one of the great wonders of the world. You’ve travelled a long way to explore it. But if you can bear the suspense, I’d advise you to head out to Kata Tjuta (The Olgars) first of all. Kata Tjuta is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘many heads’, and this incredible rock formation comprises 36 sandstone domes spread over an area of more than 20 kilometres. June 2017



To fully appreciate the magnificence of Kata Tjuta, there is a beautiful two-and-a-half-hour hike through the Valley of the Winds to Karingana Lookout. The breath-taking views afforded by this trek are without doubt my highlight of the park. Come dusk and again at dawn, you’ll want to head to the viewing area to watch the sun go down over Uluru. As the rock changes colour, mirroring the sky around it, you’ll appreciate why Uluru is a sacred part of Aboriginal creation mythology, or dreamtime – reality being a dream.

Kings Creek Canyon

While climbing Uluru is not prohibited, traditional law urges you not to do so. The Arrernte fear for climbers’ safety even if weather conditions are fine, so the best way to explore it is by walking its perimeter. Every morning park rangers guide a flat 10-kilometre teaching walk along the base. Watarrka National Park From Yulara, it’s just a threehour drive to Kings Canyon and another impressive national park – Watarrka, home to the Luritja Aboriginal people for more than 20,000 years. You can learn about their role in shaping the area and about the more than 600 species of native plants and animals that live there, on one of many guided tours. There are plenty of trails to explore but if you are up to it, Kings Canyon Rim Walk at first light is a must. It’s a 6-kilometre round trip, with the first part of the hike – up ‘heart attack hill’ – being the hardest. After taking in the sublime views, a series of wooden steps lead you to the shady, verdant glades of the Garden of Eden, a hidden oasis at the bottom of the canyon.

The Garden of Eden

If time permits, stay a few nights at Kings Creek Station, some 30 kilometres from the park. There’s some fixed accommodation and plenty of space to camp, and you can explore the surrounding sand

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Balancing on a literary ravine, Peter Sherwood contemplates foolish safety measures, silly signs and even sillier announcements

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y morning coffee in the kitchen is interrupted by a bloke dancing around on a ledge at the window, tethered to a fixed point above, drilling into the wall and turning my brain to slop. Not a kamikaze but a professional – a safety line is demanded by law and he wore one. Unfortunately, I know enough about crevasse rescue to understand that in the event of a long fall, the driller’s brilliantly conceived protective arrangement would have either broken his spine like a dry twig or resulted in him being sent home in two halves.

tested except for landing with a thud on broken bones below.

The attachment was a rope strong enough to berth a Carnival Cruise ship. Clearly the pedants at Health and Safety are expert when it comes to the preservation of life, leaving no room for risk – apart from the hawser around this employee’s midriff in lieu of a proper harness. What they are lousy at is arithmetic: My own assessment gauged the distance from ledge to land at around 5 metres. The rope I judged to be 6 metres long. The only item not at risk was the rope, which in the case of a downward plummet would not be strained or

But it’s the ‘nice’ part that makes me want to pound the loudspeakers with a dozen rounds from a large artillery piece. Nice is a word that should go the way of Kenny G records. It’s what Billy Connolly calls ‘beige’ – people and things and experiences that are colour-free and tedious. Nice is like pleasant, it says nothing and is not worth the comment. So don’t use it. It’s unpleasant.

Gratuitous advice This brings me to gratuitous advice, asinine announcements and silly signs. Well, not really. But I can’t find a device to leap this literary ravine. A recording by a local girl on the DB Ferry, in better English than mine, instructs me to ‘have a nice journey’. What if I’d rather work furiously for 25 minutes or enjoy complete silence, free from boring announcements? And journey? Are you serious? This is not a trans-Pacific yacht race.

On leaving the ferry, we’re assaulted with ‘be alert when crossing the gangplank’. Has anyone ever left a

Not a kamikaze but a professional

rocking vessel without a modicum of caution? The announcement is as superfluous as ‘thank you for taking our ferry’. Hey lady, this is the only ferry. I would not have bothered had I not needed it. Capiche? Save the thank you for when you’re adding up the day’s takings. Speaking of which, the gym at my swanky club has 20 rules instructing members on how to behave, all sadly necessary based on the ‘not my problem’ philosophy. Another sign: ‘HK$76,000 worth of towels are lost every year’, as if the joint is raided in the early hours by desperate bathroom accessory addicts. No mention of theft, maybe the towels evaporated. I wish the voice on the ferry would do likewise.

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

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