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Discovery Bay’s original community magazine

MAY 2017


Empowered and financially secure Life skills for tots and teens

Wildlife holidays to rock your world DELIGHT IN THE MOMENT

Mother’s Day matters



“Discover the freedom to flourish”

St David’s College

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From our foundation, St David’s College has pioneered teaching that enables pupils with additional learning needs to reach their academic potential, whilst allowing pupils with no specific learning needs to thrive and excel. Alongside this we aim to develop every individual’s character, enabling them to gain an extraordinary range of skills and discover true self-confidence. “St Davids has offered Orin more than just education, the vast selection of outdoor activities has added to Orin’s enjoyment of education. Boarding has given Orin new skills and a tremendous improvement in his learning ability and confidence.” Morag McGinn Discovery Bay “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.” Dave Maidment Tel: (+852) 6808 7976 Email:

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Refurbished garden house with open views. Highly efficient layout and in a tranquil location.







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3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Practical layout. Located in a tranquil location. Vacant sale.


Gross: 919’ Saleable: 776’


Renovated apartment, balcony with stunning sea views. Close to DB plaza and pier.

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Gross: 933’ Saleable: 837’


Cosy garden lowrise with open kitchen. Walking distance to DB plaza and pier.



Gross: 1486’ Saleable: 1206’


Great condition, big bedrooms, best efficiency. Panoramic views! Must see!










Gross: 1600’ Saleable: 1381’


Nicely renovated garden lowrise, open kitchen and with magnificent sea views. Vacant sale.

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Gross: 3100’ Saleable: 2403’


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

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DBIS Green Photography Competition





Financial empowerment for helpers

5 winner wildlife holidays

34 FAMILY MATTERS The meaning of Mother’s Day



GIVEAWAYS Win big prizes


PARENTING Hacking life skills


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To read the cover story, turn to page 28

Discovery Bay’s original community magazine

MAY 2017


Empowered and financially secure Life skills for tots and teens

Wildlife holidays to rock your world DELIGHT IN THE MOMENT

Mother’s Day matters

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EASTER EGG HUNT AND FUN FAIR Tai Pak Wan and DB Plaza were buzzing with activity on April 14 and 15 as the annual Easter Egg Hunt and Fun Fair saw kids aged three to 10 get into the spirit of Easter.




DB DOG CARNIVAL DB dog lovers came together on April 9 to take part in a dog parade, a talent competition and behaviour training. May 2017



BONAQUA LIFEPROOF ACTION SPRINT Starting in DB Plaza, the Bonaqua Lifeproof Action Sprint on April 23 saw competitors take to 13 kilometres of DB’s beaches, trails and roads.

SEVENS FEVER HITS DB Photos courtesy of Harvey Law Group and Monica Ling


May 2017

April saw the Guyana National Sevens team, sponsored by Harvey Law Group, train with players from the DB Pirates, while the Classic Wallabies, in town for the Hong Kong Tens and featuring former Australia players, also trained with the Pirates.


HARVEY LAW GROUP ANNIVERSARY Harvey Law Group celebrated the fifth anniversary of its DB office at the Bounty Bar on April 21.

Photos by Andrew Spires

WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY AT HKILA Hong Kong International Learning Academy (HKILA) marked World Autism Awareness Day on April 13 with a technicolour celebration. Staff and students were asked to wear an array of bright clothes, symbolising that the human brain comes in a range of types as varied as the colours of the rainbow. Photos courtesy of HKILA


May 2017




Throughout May

Photo courtesy of Myriam Bartu


May is Helper Appreciation Month, offering up a full, free wellness and empowerment programme for DB helpers. Classes are being provided on a voluntary basis by DB-based professionals. For event information, visit the Around DB Facebook page, to read an article on helpers’ financial empowerment, turn to page 34. May 2-4


Around DB and Life on Lantau Facebook pages Congratulations go to the finalists in this year’s Young Writer’s Competition, Janice Ho (DBIS), Sienna Bertamini (DBIS) and Kayla Lee (YHKCC), and to the runners-up, Micah Zirkelbach (DBIS), Seo Jin Park (DC) and Maika Ono (Island School). The finalists met with their mentors in April, so you can look forward to voting for your favourite story from May 2 to May 4, on the Around DB and Life on Lantau Facebook pages. The winning story will be published in the June issues of both Around DB and Life on Lantau. The prize giving will be held at Bookazine in DB Plaza in May. May 6


across from Haven Court, 2pm to 4.45pm. For more information, call 2238 3617.

Throughout May


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. May 3


Y Theatre, Youth Square, Chai Wan Discovery Bay’s DMR School of Ballet is holding its annual show in May – the Yellow Brick Road based on the Wizard of Oz. Kicking off at 7.30pm, the show features boys and girls aged six to 17 performing ballet, modern, jazz and tap. The Inventum Women’s Choir is also performing, with tickets available at

May 7

PROVERSE HONG KONG’S second international literary prize opens this month, with more information available at 16

May 2017

Photo courtesy of DMR

May 11

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 May 13


organised by Plastic Free Seas and DB Green, at Sam Pak Wan from 3pm to 5pm. Visit May 14

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the amazing

and dedicated mothers in the Discovery Bay community. For an article celebrating mothers, turn to page 38. May 14


in DB Plaza from 11am to 6pm. May 18

TRISHA HUGHES BOOK LAUNCH Bookazine, Prince’s Building, Central

Regular Around DB contributor and 2017 Around DB and Life on Lantau Young Writer’s Competition mentor Trisha Hughes is launching her latest book, Vikings to Virgin – The Hazards of being King, the first in a three-part historical trilogy, at Bookazine’s Meet the Authors night from 6.30 to 7.30pm. Trisha is the author of the bestselling memoir Daughters of Nazareth, and she has just signed a contract with Austin Macauley Publishers for her first crime novel, Out of the Ashes. The Bookazine event is free, so head to to register; for more on Trisha and her books, visit or

May 13


The Lantau Buffalos 5km Run is sponsored by Around DB and open to children aged six to 14. Those aged from eight to 14 run the full 5-kilometre course, while six- and seven-yearolds tackle the 2-kilometre track. For the first time, this year’s event features a parent/ child team category covering the 5-kilometre course. Registration is now open, so head to to lock in your spot.

May 14

WELSH MALE CHOIR AT DC Discovery College

Discovery College’s (DC) Primary Cobra Choir and DB’s Unsung Heroes are joining the Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir on stage in the DC Performing Arts Theatre, with Photo courtesy of DC the show set to kick off at 2pm. Prior to the concert, you can expect a costume clearance from 12.30pm in the main school lobby, with hundreds of costumes and party goods for sale. Tickets for the performance (HK$100 for adults, HK$50 for children) are available at the DC PTA Shop or at To win tickets turn to page 25; for more information, contact


Discovery Bay International School Splash, the free learn-toswim programme launched in DB by local resident Olivier Baillet to teach helpers how to swim, is looking for volunteer coaches. To find out more about the next course in August, or volunteer as a swim coach, visit the Splash Facebook page or

New in DB May 2017


May 20

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Tai Pak Wan

Auberge Hotel

The Crayon Run, organised by the Crayon Society, kicks off at 8.30am, with different categories catering for kids aged from oneto 14-years-old and their parents, as well as helpers. Registration is a must but the fee is simply a ‘give what you can’ donation, with all proceeds going to the Society for the Relief of Disabled Children/ Duchess of Kent Children Hospital in Pok Fu Lam. Expect prizes on the day, plus a collection of used crayons and old running shoes. To register, head to or contact

May 26-28

DBFC AT THE SOCCER SEVENS Hong Kong Football Club, Happy Valley

May 23

FILMS 4 CHANGE MOVIE NIGHT is screening The True Cost ,

a story about the clothes we wear and the people who make them. From 7.30pm at Zak’s; visit the Films 4 Change DB Facebook page. Fond adieu!

FAREWELL TO THE SEA CLASSROOM After two-and-a-half years in operation, Plastic Free Seas’ (PFS) learning programme aboard its Little Blue Trawler came to an end in late April. Over 1,600 students and teachers have travelled on the vessel, learning about and seeing at first-hand the impact of plastic marine pollution. PFS is now focused on strengthening and further developing its land-based programmes and is determined to bring as much learning from the sea classroom to the traditional classroom as possible. Visit


The annual Discovery Bay Pirates Ball is again shaping up to be a hit, with the Moulin Rouge-themed event featuring a three-course dinner and a selection of fine wines. Everyone is welcome to enjoy cocktails, cigars, whiskey and even a casino. Head to to secure your ticket (HK$1,500).

May 2017

Catch Discovery Bay Football Club (DBFC) playing in the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens alongside clubs from Europe and Asia. Sponsored by Tanner De Witt and 606, Photo courtesy of DBFC DBFC’s side features exprofessional players Roberto Losada, Cristiano Cordeiro, Dejan Antonic and DarkoVergec – all now coaching in Hong Kong. For more information, visit May 28


The annual DB Dragon Boat Races & Carnival sees 38 teams compete off Tai Pak Wan from 8am to 5.30pm. There’s men’s, ladies’ mixed and youth categories, as well as the popular community race and market stalls on the beach. For more information, call 2238 3633. To read about The Ripple Effect, Discovery Bay International Community Church’s dragon boat team, turn to page 28.

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A passion for creating homes that function in harmony with their surroundings guides the design work of the renowned London-based architectural firm, PDP London. Set amid the unspoiled beauty of South Lantau, WHITESANDS effortlessly achieves this harmony, with every house enjoying unparalleled views of the surrounding mountains and sea.

At WHITESANDS, houses are set within landscaped gardens that provide a feeling of calm seclusion, while the surrounding panoramic views evoke a sense of openness. The full-height windows, including frameless corner windows, accentuate these views, seamlessly connecting the open interiors and the lush natural world beyond.

Houses ranging from 1,954 sq ft to 2,598 sq ft, the 3- and 4-bedroom homes come with private front and back gardens and an open-plan living and dining area that connect seamlessly with the outdoor spaces.

Selected houses are now available for sale starting from HK$34.6M# and for lease at a monthly rental from HK$85,000 up.

ENQUIRIES 2922 4888

Website: WWW.WHITESANDS.COM.HK District: South Lantau Coast Name of the Street and Street Number: 160 South Lantau Road The price refers to House 10, including 3% discount by selecting 90-day Payment Plan and 15% discount from Ad Valorem Stamp Duty Cash Benefit. It is subjected to the availability of the house. For details, please refer to the relevant price list and sales brochure. The contents of this advertising material are published by the Vendor, Bao Wei Enterprises Limited, or are published with its consent. A prospective purchaser is advised to refer to the sales brochure for any information on the Development. | Vendor: Bao Wei Enterprises Limited Holding Company of the Vendor: John Swire & Sons Limited, John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Limited, Swire Pacific Limited, Swire Properties Limited Authorized Person: Mr. Ronald P.C. Liang of LWK & Partners (HK) Limited l Building Contractor: Gammon Building Construction Limited Solicitors for Vendor: Mayer Brown JSM l Any Authorized Institution that has made a loan, or has undertaken to provide finance for the construction of the Development: Not applicable l Any other person who has made a loan for the construction of the Development: Swire Properties Limited | Date of Printing: 25 April 2017 | Swire Properties Real Estate Agency Limited



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BodyTalk FREE Mini-Treatment Available BodyTalk is a consciousness-based, non-diagnostic therapy that works with the body in its healing process and stimulates the body’s innate ability to balance and heal itself on all levels. Advance Certified BodyTalk Practitioner Angie Tourani is offering FREE 20-minute mini treatments during the month of May in IMI Discovery Bay.

Please call 2537 1087 to make a booking today!


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 meal for two at Airport Izakaya YOUR PRIZE: Airport Izakaya at the Regal Airport Hotel is offering one reader two Abalone Teppanyaki Sets with Australian M8 Wagyu beef (worth HK$977 per set). Vouchers are valid through August.

Name one component of Airport Izakaya’s new menu.

FIND THE ANSWER: Airport Izakaya’s new menu highlights Teppanyaki, Tonkatsu and a choice of sashimi straight from Japan. For more information, visit

Win a travel insurance package from Lifestyle Insurance

What is the Business Class Group’s target market? YOUR PRIZE: Lifestyle Insurance, Hong Kong’s leading independent insurance brokers and a member of the Business Class Group, is offering one reader an annual travel insurance policy (worth HK$1,950), which provides over HK$5 million of protection.

FIND THE ANSWER: The Business Class Group is a selection of companies built to provide a holistic range of quality services to expats. With offices in Hong Kong, China, Russia and Thailand, it assists individuals and businesses both regionally and beyond. For more information, visit or

Win a summer surf camp from Treasure Island YOUR PRIZE: Treasure Island is offering one child a place at one of its 10-week surf camps (worth HK$4,000), running from June 19 to August 25 at Pui O Beach.

Name one activity campers can enjoy.

FIND THE ANSWER: Treasure Island’s surf camps (Gromnets Beginner Surf, Surfers Intermediate or Adventure Camp) target kids aged five to 16. In addition to surfing, beginners learn water safety and ocean education, while intermediates can enjoy SUP, kayaking, hiking, coasteering and camping. For more information, visit

Win tickets to An Afternoon of Music Who is performing with the Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir? Photo courtesy of DC

YOUR PRIZE: Discovery College (DC) PTA is offering two readers two tickets to An Afternoon of Music (worth HK$100 each) at Discovery College on May 14 at 2pm. FIND THE ANSWER: The Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir is coming to DC, with the school’s Cobra Choir and DB’s Unsung Heroes joining the group on stage. For tickets, head to the DC PTA Shop or; for more information, contact

Congratulations to last month’s winners Vrunda Arora and Colette Leung for tickets to SYZYGY live; Nuri Lopez for tickets to Da-Bangg The Tour!; Natalya Spendelow for a Farmer’s Market BBQ pack; Claire O’Neill, Emily Koon, Shann Anderson, Olivier Bonnemaison and Kong Man Wai for a copy of ITS’ The Unique Asia Schools Guide; Jerome Martinet, Sara Shaw and Jennifer Gan for tickets to West Side Story; Angela Drake and Hallie Goldschmidt for tickets to Geronimo Stilton, Live in the Kingdom of Fantasy!; and Agathe Lory for a two-week unlimited HIT+Spin package with The HIT Room. May 2017




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Pamela and Brent Wallace proudly paddle against the current with Discovery Bay International Community Church’s The Ripple Effect – and do a little good along the way. Elizabeth Kerr reports


aggy is nowhere to be seen. It’s late on a rainy afternoon in Discovery Bay and Pamela Wallace shows up at the ferry pier without Maggy, her and husband Brent’s eight-year-old pooch and unofficial The Ripple Effect dragon boat team mascot. The Wallaces relocated to DB six years ago after selling everything – house, cars, horse – except Maggy,


Pamela and Brent Wallace with Maggy, unofficial The Ripple Effect team mascot

who also had a hand (paw?) in deciding to call DB home. “DB is such a nice stepping stone from a regular American town. It’s a very unique little community. There are some amazing people here. Something about DB drew us,” says Pamela. Maggy, however, isn’t too keen on rain. Ohio native Pamela, now 51, lived

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within an 80-kilometre radius of Detroit most of her life before moving to the SAR, and Brent, 50, is a native Texan who bounced around the US growing up. Brent’s job at BASF brought the couple and their tween and teenaged kids, Kelsey, now 19 and studying in Hawaii, and Mitchell (21, in Ohio), to Asia. Both kids have hinted that they would like to return to Hong Kong after school for work.

“They grew up as teenagers here after moving from the Midwest of America. It was such a different experience; they could safely get on the MTR and go to a movie, take themselves to school and everywhere. They didn’t need me to drive them around. They became very independent!” notes Pamela. “We like Hong Kong, we really do. It’s a very special place to live, especially Discovery Bay.” Emailing from Berlin, Brent chimes in on the subject, adding that DB’s transient nature has made it a place where it’s easy to find acceptance. “We really love the openness of the community here,” he begins. “Everyone is happy to add new friends and relationships. There’s no need for cars, just jump on and off any bus, anytime. Plus, when I’m in town, it’s very easy to get to the office, and a ferry beer on the way home always helps to melt the office tensions away.” Dragon slayers But back to Maggy, and the dragon boating, a shared passion the Wallaces discovered almost on moving to DB. They now manage the Discovery Bay International Community Church’s (DBICC) The Ripple Effect dragon boat racing team, which serves as an outreach programme. Dragon boating appealed to Brent’s outdoorsy side, and he jumped at the chance to join The Ripple Effect, having connected with the church shortly after arriving in Hong Kong. By year three Brent was sold on the sport and when the team captain was transferred to Kuala Lumpur, he took over, quickly drafting Pamela in to help. “I don't think either of us would want to do it alone,” he reasons. Pamela agrees: “It’s something we can do together, which has been

awesome as our new empty-nest life has evolved since the kids went to university.”

of athletes and it does bring the awareness to a different group of people.”

Competing purely in the mixed competition at the DB Dragon Boat Races & Carnival, The Ripple Effect isn’t exclusively for church members – it’s something that “allows Christians and nonChristians to join in unity,” Brent explains. The team regularly makes it to the mixed finals and won the inaugural Community Cup in 2015.

The Ripple Effect only races once a year in DB but the Wallaces are so into the sport, they also paddle for the Sea Cucumbers – the Cukes – a more competitive local team. “Last year was the first year that the Cukes were invited to race in the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races in Victoria Harbour. I was extremely proud to race there,” Brent says. “It was thrilling, even if the weather did not cooperate; it was pouring rain much of the day. We (the Cukes) are invited again this year and plan to enter two teams.”

The dragon boat racing plays a vital part in ensuring the charity work of the church is as effective as possible

The DBICC and the team support a number of charities, among them Back to Jerusalem, which, when not performing traditional mission work supports safe houses for former ISIS trafficking victims, and Hong Kong’s Filipino Fire Choir – the “most joyful people” Pamela has ever met. The church is also behind various DB events, including Kids in the Park and Nativity in the Plaza. For Brent, the dragon boat racing plays a vital part in ensuring the charity work of the church is as effective as possible. “It targets individuals that are not in a lot of our other outreach things,” he says. “Here it’s a lot

Judge not, lest ye be judged It’s clear that one of the few things the Wallaces did bring with them from home was their dedication to community. The second was their faith. Brent professes that his Christianity poses no real issues personally or professionally, but Pamela agrees the current social climate puts them on their guard. A Sunday dog walk recently ended with her having vitriol hurled at her by a stranger. “It wasn’t like this 20 years ago, not in my experience,” Pamela says. “[Hostility] comes out in a lot of different ways. When people first find out I’m a Christian, sometimes they back off a bit, but as they get to know me they realise I’m just another normal person… I like to think the people who are friends with me, who don’t share the same faith, respect us and the fact that we love everybody. My upstairs neighbour is Muslim and last week she sent down food. These are two faiths who, according to the media, hate each other, but that’s not always the reality of people. “The best way to reflect on your faith is to treat people a certain way and not judge them. I don’t know if  May 2017


PROFILE enough Christians have done that, and how much of it is a [lunatic fringe] that makes the rest of us look bad or how much is media propaganda. Probably a little of both,” Pamela argues. Putting bigger issues aside, Pamela and Brent have a lot of training to do ahead of the DB Dragon Boat Races & Carnival on May 28. So for now it’s back to the dragon boat grind, fortunately a grind they both enjoy, and yes, more ministering, such as it is. “I would love to tell people about Christ, but I can’t do that if they don’t trust me,” finishes Pamela. “Sometimes I’m not the one that leads them to the Lord. Sometimes it’s just being their friend. It’s the ripple effect.”

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As we celebrate DB’s third Helper Appreciation Month, Sam Agars focuses on three domestic workers who have got themselves out of debt bondage, and the people who are working to solve the problem at its root


ach May, we have the opportunity to show our appreciation for DB’s domestic workers – the women and men who are our helpers, carers, friends and family. It’s a time to focus on the hardships they endure but more importantly, it’s a time to celebrate their triumphs. While you often hear of domestic workers who have been overcharged

by corrupt employment agencies and as a result find themselves in unmanageable debt, DB is now teeming with helpers who have successfully lifted themselves out of debt and poverty... with a little help from their friends. At Fair Employment Agency, DB residents David Bishop and Scott Stiles are setting the market standard for ethical recruitment practices

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in Hong Kong, by not charging domestic workers for recruitment services. DB resident Freedom Jackman does similar work at his agency Maid For You. Holly Allan, another DBer, is at the helm of HELP for Domestic Workers, a charity that offers free counselling to helpers and connects them with pro-bono legal services through a large network of local and international law firms. And then of course there’s Enrich,

That equates to HK$421, a far cry from HK$9,000, but often domestic workers don’t know any better and are thrown into a spiral of debt that sees them forced to take out additional bank loans simply to survive, while providing for their children at home. “Most of us have difficulties because before we enter Hong Kong we spend a lot of money to pay the agency fee,” says DB helper Jovita Wangag, who has a husband and two teenage children in the Philippines. “We have to ask for some help from the Philippines and you have to pay that back before you can save.” Success stories When seeking a solution, Jovita heard about Enrich and she is quick to explain how its workshops helped her out of trouble. “What I did was I borrowed money from a bank and I paid my debt and then I slowly paid my debt to the bank,” she says. “Enrich taught me how to manage my money and how to grow my money because the salary is not that much. They taught me how to spend it wisely. There is the needs and the wants, you have to identify what you really need.”

Lorna Mauricio, Marilou Canaway, Jovita Wangag

the charity dedicated to promoting helpers’ financial empowerment, co-founded by DB resident, Myriam Bartu.

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While Myriam is no longer at the helm, Enrich has held over 650 workshops and directly influenced the lives of over 10,000 migrant workers in Hong Kong since its establishment in 2007. As a result, many helpers are now on top of their financial struggles and thriving in the investment market. To celebrate Enrich’s 10th anniversary, we talk to three DB helpers who have benefited from its workshops and outline the

Opening the conversation, DB helper Marilou Canaway, the president of the Association of Concerned Migrant Workers, reveals that many migrant workers are illegally forced to pay up to PHP60,000 (more than HK$9,000 agency fee) just to get to Hong Kong. “The agency fee is supposed to only be 10% of the monthly salary and the minimum wage is HK$4,210,” she says.

Understanding the debt spiral

Fellow DB helper Lorna Mauricio tells a similar story. On arriving in Hong Kong almost 20 years ago, she not only had to pay her agency fee, she also owed money to the lending company that funded her coming here – a debt that needed to be paid on a three-month instalment basis. “It was quite difficult to manage my finances because my monthly repayment was HK$3,000 at that time and my salary was only HK$3,860, so there was not much left for me to send home to my three kids,” Lorna says. “Luckily I was introduced to Enrich and they taught me how to budget, even if I only had a small amount. I have followed the rules and I was able to manage  May 2017



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my debt within six months. Enrich reminds us why we are here and the goals we have.”

Inspired by the financial advice given to her own helper, South Lantau’s Shirley Johnson is raising funds to help Enrich provide domestic workers with 10,000 hours of financial education this year. To get on board, check out the special edition ‘Super Aunty’ T-shirt and other items in Lantau Ren’s T-shirts for Good collection. HK$40 from every shirt sold is being donated to Enrich. To purchase a T-shirt, head to

Having worked their way out of debt, the next step for a lot of domestic helpers is to start building some stability for the future, with many investing in cooperatives back in the Philippines. Ten-year Hong Kong resident Jovita has done just this, as has Marilou who first attended an Enrich workshop in 2008 and now has a house north of Manila. “I didn’t have difficulties when I first went to Enrich because I had managed to get out of debt already, but I learnt where I should put my money and how to save it and calculate it,” says Marilou, who has lived in Hong Kong since 1994 and has one married son back home. “Even if you have money to start a business, it’s not enough, so you must learn how to start it and how you are going to run it. “The best thing I learnt from Enrich is that when you start a business in the Philippines you must be there, so I haven’t started a business yet but I have learnt to invest my money,” Marilou adds. “I am an investor, not a business owner. I have invested in two cooperatives in the Philippines and Enrich’s one-on-one mentoring sessions have helped me understand investment procedures.” Advice for employers Anna Maria Andreoli, head of development at Enrich, explains how employers can play a big role in ensuring their helpers stay focused on their goals. “Firstly, ensure your helper has a bank account,” she says. “Some banks in Hong Kong are not very welcoming to domestic workers, so you may need to accompany her to the bank to open an account.”

There are also simple things you can do at home, Anna Maria explains: “For example, ask your helper to manage your grocery money. This gives her the opportunity to learn about money management without you encroaching on her private life. You can also encourage your helper to think longterm, several years in advance. Ask what her goals are for the future, and how she plans to achieve them.” While Anna Maria admits that even nowadays it is common for migrant workers to come to Hong Kong with some level of debt, there are measures employers can take to see that it isn’t compounded. “You can help her keep track of her income by giving her monthly pay slips and paying her salary into a bank account rather than in cash,” she says. “Transfer her salary on the last day of the month and don’t delay payments.” It is important to understand that


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some level of debt is to be expected, particularly if your helper is new to Hong Kong and will likely still be repaying her employment agency fees. “Where possible, hire a helper using a direct-hiring platform or use a reputable and ethical employment agency that does not charge the helper,” Anna Maria advises. Should you suspect your helper is facing unmanageable debt, Anna Maria says it is important to discuss possible solutions in a calm and nonintimidating manner. “If she has taken out a loan, you may be willing to consider taking over the loan so that she pays you back,” she says. “This can save her, and you, from getting harassed by loan agencies and from paying exorbitant interest rates. If you feel your helper needs more support, Enrich offers a confidential one-to-one financial counselling service where we will help calculate how much is owed and develop a realistic repayment plan.”

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May Bouquet Lantau mum and one of the mentors in this year’s Young Writer’s Competition, Sharon Lesley Le Roux reflects on the reasons we celebrate Mother’s Day

DB mums celebrate Hong Kong Mother’s Day on May 14

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s a child growing up in the north of England, Mother’s Day was all about a handful of daffodils (my mother’s favourite flower) picked from the garden, a handmade, coloured-in card containing a message of love, and a Mother’s Day breakfast that consisted of my mother’s favourite marmalade or curd, with toast and coffee, all delivered on a tray to my mother in bed. For my mother, I’m certain it wasn’t about any of these gifts at all. It was knowing the pleasure that bringing them all together had given me, her child. It was understanding the excitement I felt about being able to ‘surprise’ her on her special day. And, because she was my mother, she would have overlooked the soil I’d brought in on my shoes, not seen where I’d coloured outside the lines, not cared one jot about the burnt bits I hadn’t managed to scrape off. Thanking your mother Whoever, and wherever, we are in the world, we all observe Mother’s Day. The same day my mother and I were busy celebrating, so were mothers and their children in Ireland, Nigeria and Bangladesh. Mother’s Day is one of only a handful of celebrations observed by families all around the world; each nation setting aside a date once a year – the second Sunday of May in Hong Kong – to celebrate the relationship of mother and child. In the 21st century, what is Mother’s Day about? Is it just another of those ‘Hallmark’ occasions which businesses cash in on? I don’t think so. Handmade cards made by small hands still beat shop-bought ones, just as they did when I was a child. Phone conversations with mothers and grandmothers abroad are priceless compared to flowers, chocolates or gifts ordered online.

Mother’s Day isn’t just one special day in the year when children get to show their awareness of, and appreciation for, the things their mothers do for them; of course this happens in households all over the world every day. For children, Mother’s Day acts as a reminder to stop and think what their relationships with their mothers mean. This year (being an English mother, my family and I celebrated on March 26), I asked my two girls what Mother’s Day means to them. My 13-year-old believes Mother’s Day is “a way for women to feel good about themselves, especially those who’ve gone through the hard work of having kids and raising them. And, it’s for the children to appreciate what their mothers have done, and gone through, to make their lives as good as it can get for them.” My five-year-old feels Mother’s Day is about “giving lots of love to your mum, and giving a big love heart for loving us”. Appreciating your child For mothers, Mother’s Day is a time when we are reminded to pause a while in our busy lives, and reflect on just how absolutely awesome it is for us to be able to bring life into the world. It’s for us to remember

there was a time when our little people didn’t exist, and to acknowledge how much richer, as a result, our lives are for having them. It’s a time for us to look back and see how, as each year goes by, we are changed by the act of motherhood. We are changed by the sacrifices we make daily, simply to put our children before ourselves. And we are changed by feelings of protection and empathy and joy and more, the depths of which we didn’t experience before we had children. In creating our children we, in turn, have evolved and grown. We appreciate the blessing and the privilege that comes with the role of motherhood. We send messages of love to our own mothers, understanding only now the sacrifices they made for us when we were children. And, we send our friends who are mothers Happy Mother’s Day messages, acknowledging our shared membership of one of the most rewarding clubs in the world. Honouring unconditional love Not so long ago, my mother sent me a Helen Exley collection of quotes and poems: In Praise and Celebration of Daughters. On one of the pages of the book, I found this: “I even love her bones. We are so close. She is my very best friend.”

 Sharon Lesley Le Roux with daughters and helper Ruth Mayher 2017 39


Mother’s Day isn’t just the time to celebrate the mother figures we are to our children, but also the friends we are to them – and they to us. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to leave our separate interests aside, and do something together we enjoy. My children have two mother figures here in Hong Kong – myself and Mama Ruth, our family’s domestic helper who my kids have known, and loved, all their lives. The day before Mother’s Day this year, my girls, Mama Ruth and I went to the cinema. Sitting on vibrating seats, we watched Beauty and the Beast through 3D glasses. We enjoyed the movie and each other, as we laughed and cried together. There’s a Filipino saying that translates as: ‘Even with the food all ready for her to consume, the mother will always find the need to give every last morsel to her children.’ This is true of all mothers, but here in Hong Kong especially, mothers like Ruth are a perfect example of just how far mothers will go for their children. A few years before she joined our family, Ruth had come from the Philippines to Hong Kong, leaving her two-year-old son in the care of her brother. She came because working here meant she would be able to put her son through school, and put food on his table. Ruth is in no way unique. In Hong Kong thousands of women have

An international celebration Mother’s Day has been observed, in some way or other, throughout history. The Greeks and Romans held annual festivals to honour their mother goddesses. In 17th century England, Mothering Sunday – the fourth Sunday of Lent – was the day faithful people returned to their ‘mother church,’ the church they were baptised in. After a prayer service to honour Mary, Mother of Jesus, children of the parish would give the gifts and flowers they’d brought for their own mothers. On Mothering Sunday in Victorian times, girls working in service as housemaids went home to visit their mothers. In early-20th century America, one daughter’s successful campaign for a national day to celebrate and honour the sacrifices mothers make for their children is why today millions of people around the world celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May. In Hong Kong, as in the US, children celebrate their mothers by giving them a card and a bouquet of flowers. Carnations are a popular choice. Schools encourage children to dedicate poems to their mothers and to help out in special ways at home. As it is a holiday, families often mark the occasion with a big get together. given up that precious relationship with their children we western mothers take for granted, so they can give them a better life. Ruth’s boy will soon be 23, and will be graduating from nursing college. His mother is justifiably proud of him, as we are of her, knowing the sacrifices she has made to get him to where he is today. Be it as children or as mothers, the meaning and traditions we each attach to Mother’s Day are rooted in love and honour and

respect. Though it may well have become a commercialised event in recent years, still it remains a celebration – of motherhood and of the relationship between mother and child. Mother’s Day is the recognition of the protection, nurture, sacrifice and unconditional love that mothers give their children, and the happiness and love their children give in return. Whenever, and wherever, you are celebrating this year, I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day.

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SHOOTERS Samantha Wong showcases some of the winning photographs in the DBIS Green Photography Competition and hears from the budding young photographers


hat does being green mean to primary school students? This is what the teachers at Discovery Bay International School (DBIS) aimed to discover through their first Green Photography Competition. The children (aged five to 11) were asked to submit an ecologically themed photo, with the results announced just after Easter. The competition coincided with the school’s annual Green Week, March 27 to 31. “We invited the students to explore their local environment,” says competition coordinator, Year 2 teacher and green enthusiast Jack Hoskin. “The challenge was to capture a photograph inspired by one of Green Week’s three environmental themes: appreciation, protection and sustainability.”


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With over 60 entrants submitting fantastic, locally shot photographs, choosing a winner in each age range proved no easy task. “The judges were impressed by the range of subjects and especially by the care taken by each of the photographers,” says Jack.


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The winners 1 Andrea Bacci (Year 5 - 6 category) “I took this photo because I thought it was a beautiful and rare animal, it is evidence of the diverse ecosystem that we have in Siena Park. I just basically thought it was so cool to see a kingfisher in DB! “Being green means to respect the planet and to not put rubbish on the ground or anywhere. Be more responsible! We need to create less waste in general.”


2 Ella Sutherland (Year 3 - 4 category) “I took this photograph because the flower has a little brown on it and that means that nature is dying. “Being green means to recycle to stop pollution.”

3 Ririko Kurihara (Year 1 - 2 category) “I photographed this flower because it looked pretty and green. “Being green means you should recycle and not use taxis too much.”


The runners-up 4 Luke Joslyn (Year 5 - 6 category) “I took this photo because the beaches in DB are dirty and disgusting. It makes me feel bad because all the trash we throw away is going into our water and ocean and that’s being eaten by wildlife. These animals can then get really sick and can often even die which makes me feel angry. “Being green means not using as much waste. We need to protect our oceans and save them for future generations.”

5 Andrew Ling (Year 5 - 6 category) “I took this picture just after a beach clean-up by Plastic Free Seas and this polystyrene box floated in from the sea. It shows how polluted the sea is and how we can all make a difference.


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Teaching kids simple household chores sets them up for adulthood, while allowing them to feel competent and responsible in the here and now. Kate Farr reports

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hile many of us in DB are fortunate enough to have a helper to help with the daily chores, outsourcing all of the domestic drudgery can have some unexpected disadvantages. For kids who are accustomed to always having ‘Auntie’ around, the university years, and the subsequent forays into independent adulthood can come as a pretty rude awakening. Ultimately, it falls to us parents to ensure that our kids turn out to be productive people, rather than pampered princes and princesses. Here are some helpful strategies.

Constructive games Ever noticed how your toddler mimics everything you do? Small children are like sponges soaking up the influences around them, and, at this age, the strongest influence of all comes from their parents. Model the type of behaviour that you would like them to learn and encourage them to help with simple household tasks as early as possible. Most little ones adore tidy-up games, so ensure that your toy storage is accessible, bust out a tidying song, and encourage them to be in charge of putting away

their own playthings. This helps to reinforce the importance of looking after treasured items and soon becomes second nature. Sweeping and vacuuming are endlessly fascinating to babies and a soft duster is a safe tool for little hands. Laundry time is another great opportunity to turn a chore into fun. Toddlers love to load washing into the machine (be vigilant for stray Duplo and toy cars) and pass pegs... and sock-pairing becomes a great game when they’re matching up colours. Once they are slightly older, say  May 2017



around four, it’s time to engage kids in the kitchen. Chat about ingredients and ask them to name as many of them as they can. Enlist their help in finding items from the cupboards and fridge, and reinforce this by asking them to help put away groceries in the correct locations. If you have the space, get them to stand on a low stool and get hands-on with the food prep. Scooping, spreading, whisking and even some carefully supervised chopping allows children to understand how their meals end up on the table, and can be instrumental in broadening a fussy eater’s culinary horizons. If time allows, a regular themed food day is a good way to get kids excited about eating. Ask them to pick a country from a map, then spend some time researching facts about the culture, people and, of course, the food. The grand finale is to shop for ingredients together and cook a meal from the chosen country to eat as a family. Weekly chores Once children start primary school, get them involved with the process of packing their own lunch. Make an event of it by choosing a new lunchbox together (bento boxes or stackable tiffins allow for lots of different flavours). Then make a ‘menu card’ of options that includes plenty of fresh fruit and veggies, a protein, a carbohydrate and something sweet. Kids can ‘place their order’ for the week ahead by ticking individual items from each category then helping to shop for ingredients at the supermarket. Pocket money can be a major motivator for kids, especially if they are saving up for something really special. While bribing children with cash to get them to do their chores is not recommended, a small cash reward can be a little extra incentive

Assign teens with regular chores

for them to go above and beyond at home. Examples might include stripping the sheets from the family’s beds, or helping younger siblings with their own tidying up. Tweens become increasingly independent and, from around 10 or 11 years, they can tackle some of the less pleasant household jobs, such as cleaning surfaces, washing up, emptying bins and even scrubbing toilets. This serves to reinforce the message that a clean home takes some effort, and that ‘the rubbish fairy’ doesn’t actually spirit their discarded wrappers away. It will also stand them in good stead for maintaining shared student accommodation in years to come. Taking charge By the time your children are hitting their teens, they should have a regular roster of household tasks to tackle with minimal supervision. This helps to build trust, and sets a benchmark for cleanliness for your soon-to-be-

A soft duster is a safe tool for little hands

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When deciding on your next big-ticket vacation, why not go all out and book into somewhere utterly wild? Kate Farr reports Head to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park

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ew places are now so remote that they cannot be reached on a wildlife holiday, meaning there are endless exciting vacation options for those in search of a little animal magic. All the trips listed here give you the unbeatable opportunity to watch animals feeding, playing and interacting in their natural habitat. Importantly too, they are all run responsibly and respectfully, dedicated to taking as good care of the animals as they do of you. Bird watching in Ecuador The Chocó Rainforest of north-

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Creative Coding

Creative Coding offers high-quality coding and robotics classes for kids aged six to 14 at Discovery College and around Hong Kong. 9469 8225/ 2973 0106

Future Stars Dance Academy

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


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Apple Travel The Best Travel Agency in DB 2987 2626

GOODWINS OF LONDON Action X, North Plaza GigaSports Little Whale, North Plaza Nomadic

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Island Dance 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

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

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The Beat

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


Tree of Joy

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

Parsons White Wealth Management

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

Private Client Wealth Management Tel: 2914 0388


Professional Organizing Service Whether a closet, kitchen, office or play area we can help purge, declutter and reorganize 6323 1417


An International Law Firm in DB North Plaza providing a wide range of commercial and personal legal services. 2416 8618

DB Party Time Gillian florist, North Plaza Flight Centre, North Plaza Mypetshop, North Plaza Pets Gallery The Optical House Well Supreme Laundry Services

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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

The Stephen Putnam Practice

Bank of China HSBC Luen Fat Securities Co. Ltd

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

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Lifestyle Homes & Boats 2914 0888 Centaline Property Agency EPS Property Consultants Headland Homes Kingsland DB Land Master Property Savills Hong Kong

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Nura Rolls Over 60 varieties of rolls. Outside catering and home delivery available. G13A, North Plaza, (Next to Wellcome) Tel: 2652 6613

FOOD & BEVERAGE, HOTELS 22º North Auberge Discovery Bay (Hotel), North Plaza Café Bord de Mer & Lounge Café Duvet Caffe Pascucci Coyote Mexican Cantina Chef’s Choice, North Plaza Ebeneezer’s Figos Seaside Café First Korean Restaurant Fresh Fruit Juice Paradise Hemingway’s by the Bay il Bel Paese Island Café Jaspa’s, North Plaza Kiraku Tei

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Koh Tomyums

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La Création Bakery

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McSorley’s Ale House

2987 8280

Mirch Masala, North Plaza

2987 1337

Moofish, North Plaza

2987 6318

Nevale Kitchen, North Plaza

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Pacific Coffee

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Paisano’s, North Plaza

2673 4445

Peony Chinese Restaurant

2500 1950

Salt & Pepper

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Super Super

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The Venue

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Uncle Russ, DB Plaza

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Uncle Russ, North Plaza

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Kyama Swim School Training programs for Adults; Private lessons; Learn to Swim courses for our Helper community and development squads for DC students. Tel: 9487 5049,

Discovery Bay Cricket Club An internationally acclaimed club which provides a structure under which players, regardless of age or ability, can thrive. 2987 0132

The HIT Room Bodypump, Grit Strength, Boxing, Core, TRX, High Intensity Training. Located at North Plaza 6621 7410

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WELLBEING Action X, North Plaza Club Siena DBees Ice Hockey DB Pirates Rugby Football Club Discovery Bay Marina Club Discovery Bay Golf Club Discovery Bay Recreation Club Embody EpicLand GigaSports Movement Improvement

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

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

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

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

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Junior Cricket Academy Cricket for 3.5 to 15 year old girls and boys 9011 1319

Gas Leakage Emergency Hotline Lantau North Report Room North Lantau Hospital San Hing Gas Co Typhoon Signal Enquiries Water Fault Reports Water Supplies Department

24-hour Customer Service Hotline China Light & Power Emergency China Light & Power Information Line Discovery Bay Commercial Services Discovery Bay Fire & Ambulance Discovery Bay Management Discovery Bay Office Centre

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Nailed It Professional artificial nail services in DB 2987 2266

Yoga with Anna YOGA with Anna

DB resident Anna Coventry is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher offering Hatha, Vinyasa & Yin Yoga Classes, Private Yoga, Meditation, Workshops and Retreats. 9130 8527

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

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

Vikings Football Club Professional Soccer Coaching From ages 18 months to 12 years Tel: 9533 2600

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Supermarket mind games

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As you race through your weekly shop, bargain hunting with the best of them, stop to consider what really lies behind all the discounts. Peter Sherwood reports

aybe I’m beaming a light on the obvious but take a closer look when next you’re on a merry romp to the supermarket, that great swirling black hole into which you dump loads of cash every day. For awe-inspiring silliness observe the pricing trivia, and tell me this is not twaddle on a galactic level. Tell me it’s all fine and dandy and does not insult your intelligence, perforate an artery, or tempt you to rip the liver out of the jokers who devise it.

– winners and losers. And because they own the game the outcome is predictable.

Ask why a supermarket works to create the illusion of cut-throat competition – with itself. Why frustrate when it could just as easily make shopping fun?

Any effort to express contempt only raises a sly caveat emptor snigger: ‘Hey Scrooge, we saved you 15 bucks on an HK$80 bottle. Stop your bellyaching.’

Institute of Food Foolery

Among the losers some will be seen as winners, while all victors will become the vanquished soon enough. Simply put, we will eventually discover we’re being mocked courtesy of an infuriating rollercoaster gleefully controlled by suits in Central.

I picture a rollicking meeting each morning as management gather and, blindfold and giggling, throw darts at a multi-price products board. It’s not business rationale that sets the level of customer irritation for the next 24 hours, but luck and a lot of laughs. They don’t call it a game, but sport it is

If I hope for regular sustenance I have to play, starting with wine, that ancient relaxation tonic that stops me whacking retail racketeers on the noggin with a pile of ‘still fresh’ pig parts. The wine fiasco begins with a bottle reduced from HK$80 to HK$65. The eternal sucker in me dives in for a dozen. Two days later it’s four for HK$108.

Like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates, you never know what

you’re gonna get. Unless, of course, you’re in Spain in August. Every year the impoverished village of Buñol holds La Tomatina, donating 100 tonnes of over-ripe ‘love apples’ for tourists to throw at each other. In Spain, a can of tomatoes costs about HK$4 any day of the week. In our locale it can be anything from HK$15 to HK$30. So back to our supermarket bosses and their Institute of Food Foolery which attempts to raise the mundane philosophy of flogging baked beans to high art. Rejecting monopolistic accusations, the owners will snigger and point to ‘that other’ emporium with the news that this second voracious same-price vortex that devours your hard-earned cash makes the system a duopoly – inspired propaganda reinforcing a depressing truth for the defeated. I’ll never know when the vino hits bottom. I’ll consult the law of averages, grab five dozen, and deliver a nervous Shiraz-soaked thank you to Bacchus – at least until tomorrow.

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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