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Gross: 530’ Saleable: 440’ 2

Cosy apartment. Conveniently located for all transport in and out of DB.












Location! Nicely renovated apartment with open kitchen, balcony with great sea views. Must see!





Deluxe garden house with pool, fully equipped kitchen and spacious living. Great for entertaining.






Gross: 1023’ Saleable: 777’



Very good condition, open kitchen, balcony with stunning sea views. Quiet area and vacant sale!












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Successfully combined unit with open kitchen, spacious living and in a tranquil location. For sale with tenancy.





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Stunning one of a kind 4 bed apartment, on the beach & very close to pier & DB plaza. State of the art decoration. A must see!




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Lovely townhouse offering generous living space. Close to all transports and schools. Ready to move into.




Fully renovated low rise home with balcony by the sea. Stone’s throw to all amenities. Bright and airy throughout.


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Beautifully renovated low rise garden apartment w/ tranquil sea views, fully equipped open kitchen & generous living space throughout.

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In very good condition. Bright apartment with balcony and roof terrace. Great for entertaining. Must see!

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Quality designed lowrise with practical layout. Walking distance to beach, Plaza and pier. Must see!

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PROFILE Au revoir At Home in DB founder Sue Meldrum


IN FOCUS How animals across the globe are facing extinction


FAMILY MATTERS Getting into the swing of expat living


MONEY MATTERS Tips on choosing a financial advisor


ESCAPES Antarctica – the trip of a lifetime


ACTION All set for the Tennis Nations Cup



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MOMENTS Chris Carter, 18, gears up for the ICC World Twenty20


TALKING POINTS Educational researcher Professor Sugata Mitra on the future of learning


DB FACES Candid community snaps


OUT THERE Thoughts on island life

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IN&AROUND DB Catch up with the latest community news


HK HAPPENINGS Find fun things to do across the harbour


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PROPERTY Choice local and overseas homes to buy or rent


LOCAL NUMBERS Your ultimate guide in DB and Lantau






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PICNIC IN THE PARK Picnic in the Park’s 10th anniversary concert was a smash, with revellers from all over Hong Kong grooving into the night. A bumper crowd of over 11,000 watched on January 30 as around 60 acts took to two stages in Siena Park.

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CNY CELEBRATIONS IN DB DBers got into the Chinese New Year spirit on February 9 with lion dancing performances at Siena Club and the Discovery Bay Recreation Club.


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ISLAND DANCERS AT CNY Students from Discovery Bay-based dance school Island Dance put on a show during the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade in Tsim Sha Tsui on February 8.

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FUTURE STARS ON SHOW DB dance school, Future Stars Academy participated in the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade in Tsim Sha Tsui on February 8 and held its dance showcase spectacular, From Broadway to Hollywood, at City Hall on February 11.

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VALENTINE’S DAY IN DB The romantics of DB were out in force on February 14, taking in the beautiful candle display on Tai Pak Wan and dining at local restaurants.

LARRY FEIGN BOOK SIGNING DB Mui Wo cartoonist and author Larry Feign held a book signing at Bookazine, DB North Plaza on February 21 to celebrate the publication of his latest satirical work. AIEEYAAA! Learn Chinese the Hard Way is a satirical dictionary which pokes fun at life, love and culture clash in Hong Kong and China. It features cartoons and actual definitions in Mandarin, Cantonese and English, plus an introduction on how not to learn Chinese.

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VALENTINE’S RACE Lantau Base Camp’s Ultimate Direction Valentine’s Race saw runners cover 13 kilometres on February 13, starting from the Nam Shan Picnic Area. Jeremy Ritcey and Valerie Lagarde won the race, while DB residents Nikki Han and Joyce Edmonson took home the women’s Team of 2.

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a night on broadway Welcoming New Members Wednesday 23 March Time: Drinks reception 18:00, Doors Open 18:30 Venue: Discovery Bay Community Hall, North Plaza

A musical journey to the bright lights and catchy tunes of the broadway stage, including performances from DBIS Orchestra, Primary and Secondary Choirs, Year 1 and 2 Singing Group, Primary and Secondary String Ensemble, Primary Wind Band, FOBISIA Performing Arts group, Chinese Drumming Team, and more.

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If you have started a business in DB, or are looking to do so and you need local services, support, customers and networks, the DB Entrepreneurs Networking Breakfast is for you. Beginning at 8am and hosted by T8 Consulting, in conjunction with Around DB and Parsons White Wealth Management, the breakfast is set to become a monthly fixture in the DB calendar. For more information, head to; to enquire and register, visit


The 23rd edition of the Tennis Nations Cup is sure to offer up bucket-loads of entertainment, so get on down and catch DBers showcasing their tennis skills and sporting their best kit. To hear from some of the top players and club coaches, turn to page 60. Contact


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The HIT Room, DB North Plaza The HIT Room is holding a workshop to show DB residents how to make their own beauty and household cleaning products using all-natural ingredients. You can also purchase a pair of Rumi yoga pants, made from recycled plastic bottles, at discounted prices. To secure your spot (HK$150 a head), email

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The second leg of Action Asia’s Bonaqua Lifeproof Action Sprint series covers 13 kilometres of DB’s beaches, trails and roads. Registration, starting at HK$250, is a must, so head to to secure your spot. March 6

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women in DB and Lantau! Who is your pick for the most inspiring woman in our community? Cast your vote on the Around DB Facebook page from March 8 to 10, or email us at

MOON BEAR CONCERT Globe Theatre, DBIS Get set for a great evening of top local music at the annual Moon Bear Concert. Organised by long-time DB resident Clara Chan, all proceeds go towards Animals Asia’s quest to end bear bile farming. The concert kicks off at 7.30pm, and you can purchase tickets (HK$180, HK$90 for students/ seniors) at Island Veterinary Services. For more on moon bears turn to page 34; for concert information, contact Clara at

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DMR SCHOOL OF BALLET ANNUAL SHOW Auberge Hotel, Discovery Bay DMR School of Ballet’s Spring Extravaganza promises to be a classically elegant, show-stopping performance, featuring ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance. Running from 1pm to 3pm, it involves dancers aged six and up. Tickets (HK$525 for adults, HK$325 for children aged three to 11) are available at DMR School of Ballet. Admission includes a welcome champagne and afternoon tea. For more information, email

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HELP HONG KONG VETS MAKE A DIFFERENCE DB vet Ivy Cheung from Island Veterinary Services is calling on donations to help her and a group of Hong Kong vets in their quest to assist the animals of Malapascua. Malapascua, an island in the Philippines, was one of many devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. One of the things the community lacks is access to veterinary services, leaving it with an unmanaged domestic animal population at risk of disease. To help Ivy and her team provide six-monthly free neutering, make a donation at

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YOUNG WRITER’S COMPETITION Open to students across DB and Lantau


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The deadline for the Around DB and Life on Lantau Young Writer’s Competition (YWC) is March 14. This year, we are asking students to write a nonfiction account of 600 to 700 words highlighting a particular community concern. Now in its fourth year, the competition provides secondary school students living and/ or studying in Lantau with the chance to get published. The competition is sponsored by EpicLand and the Meat Snack Group. To enter , check the YWC guidelines at


Discovery Bay Community Hall, DB North Plaza

Discovery Bay International School presents A Night on Broadway, a musical journey encapsulating the bright lights and catchy tunes of the Broadway stage. Expect performances by the school orchestra, the primary and secondary choirs and string ensembles, and scores more. Entry is free, drinks are on sale from 6pm and the doors open at 6.30pm. For more information, email


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coffee morning before leaving for Australia, and she is looking for a successor to run the popular community service. For details, turn to page 30 or email


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by switching off your lights from 8.30pm to 9.30pm. Visit March 20


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

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EASTER EGG HUNT AND FUN FAIR Tai Pak Wan and DB Plaza Kids aged between three and 10 can get involved in an Easter Egg Hunt, with a massive 30,000 prizes on offer and all participants receiving a welcome goodie bag. The event coincides with the DB Plaza Fun Fair, featuring inflatable games and interactive carnival games. The fair is free of charge and only available to egg hunters. For details, head to

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Enjoy some Easter fun at DB North Plaza with games, balloon twisting and face painting from 12pm to 6.30pm each day. Game tickets cost HK$30 – Tai Pak Wan egg hunters receive three free tickets. Head to www.facebook. com/VisitDiscoveryBay for details. -28 March 25

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Registration is now open for Hong Kong’s first ever Trailwagger, combining Lantau’s majestic trails and the local communities’ love of dogs over 8 kilometres. Beginning in Mui Wo, the race will culminate with a beer and burger in DB. All proceeds go to Animals Asia, and Around DB is the media sponsor. Contact to find out more and to secure a spot for you and your four-legged friend.

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Coding Kids, now operating in Discovery Bay, offers kids the opportunity to learn the rules of coding, how the internet works and how to make basic websites. Classes are on offer for children aged 12 and up, as well as adults. To find out more, call 6274 1167, or visit Photo courtesy of Crowntop Corporation


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Hong Kong’s Crowntop Corporation is bringing the best of Made in Japan’s products to DB for the first time. Made in Japan’s range includes baby clothes and accessories, beauty and medical-care products and functional body-shaping undergarments. Crowntop is looking for a DB distributor or agent to expand the business, so if you fit the bill, email For more on Made in Japan, head to

DB’s Impress You Soap Company is now selling The Camel Milk Soap Factory’s famous all-natural soap, handmade using pasteurised camel’s milk sourced from camels in the UAE. The soap contains 100% pure and natural products and softens the skin, promotes cell regeneration and assists in reducing signs of aging. For more information, contact Kristy on 6201 7749 or

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Get set for the eighth Lantau International Beer Dash, a hugely popular 5-kilometre fun run which starts in Tong Fuk and sees participants dress up and drink a different international beer at every checkpoint. Around DB is one of the sponsors. Entry costs HK$380 for an individual and HK$1,480 for a team of four. Limited spaces are available, so head to to enrol. March 19

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The TransLantau is now in its fifth year, with 90% of the course on the Lantau trails and covering two country parks. Solo or in teams of two, participants take on either the Ultra 100km (5,800 metres + elevation), or the sister races of 50km (2,700 metres + elevation) and the 25km (900 metres + elevation). Registration closed after just two hours this year but you can show your support at the start or finish on Silvermine Beach. Visit


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Ark Eden is hosting a 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate course over a period of 12 days. Permaculture is a creative design process applied to food production, home design and construction, and energy conservation and generation. It explores the social, educational and economic structures that support a culture that cares for the planet and all its inhabitants. For registration and more information, contact Jasmine on 9277 4025, 2984 8514, or; or visit

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Win tickets to see Shakespeare’s Globe The Merchant of Venice


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 the 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!

YOUR PRIZE: ABA Productions is offering two readers, two A-reserve tickets (worth HK$795 each) to see the opening night of Shakespeare’s Globe The Merchant of Venice on September 7, at 7.45pm.

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Win a Sense of Touch facial treatment YOUR PRIZE: Sense of Touch Group is offering two readers an 80-minute Signature Fresh Collagen Infusion Facial, each worth HK$1,180, and two readers a 60-minute Hydrating Recovery Facial, each worth HK$820, at any of its five spa locations, including DB. FIND THE ANSWER: Using revolutionary triple liposome technology, these Sense of Touch facials deliver fresh, pure collagen and other active ingredients to every layer of the skin, transforming it from the inside out. The treatments minimise fine lines and combat signs of ageing. Learn more at, or

Who stars as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice? Photo by Manuel Harlan

FIND THE ANSWER: Double Olivier and Tony award winner Jonathan Pryce plays Shylock in his first appearance with Shakespeare’s Globe. The London-based group returns to the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wanchai, September 7 to 11. For early-bird tickets, visit or call 31 288 288.

Which anniversary does this show celebrate?

Win tickets to Barney’s Greatest Hits YOUR PRIZE: Smile Live Entertainment is offering three readers, two A-reserve tickets (worth HK$450 each) to see Barney’s Greatest Hits on March 25, at 5pm. FIND THE ANSWER: Sing and dance with the purple dinosaur, Barney and his friends Baby Bop, BJ and Riff. This high-energy song and dance production, showing March 25 to 27 at Star Hall, Kowloonbay International Trade and Exhibition Centre, celebrates over 25 years of Barney. To find out more, visit; for tickets, visit

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Win tickets to see The Illusionists YOUR PRIZE: Lunchbox Theatrical Productions is offering three readers, two A-reserve tickets (worth HK$795 each) to see The Illusionists on April 14 at 7.45pm.

Who composed the music for Swan Lake?

How many illusionists are performing?

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Win tickets to the Imperial Ice Stars’ Swan Lake on Ice Photo courtesy of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions Photo by Manuel Harlan

FIND THE ANSWER: The biggest and best-selling magic show in the history of Broadway, The Illusionists has toured 200 cities in 25 countries. Featuring eight world-class performers, the show promises mind-blowing spectacles, hilarious tricks and death-defying stunts. Catch it at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre, TST, April 14 to 24. For more information, visit; for tickets, visit or call 2111 5999.

Win tickets to the Asia Contemporary Art Show YOUR PRIZE: Asia Contemporary Art Show is offering three readers, two VIP invitations to the eighth edition of its flagship event. The invitations guarantee admission through March 24 to 27.

YOUR PRIZE: Lunchbox Theatrical Productions is offering three readers, two A-reserve tickets (worth HK$745 each) to see the Imperial Ice Stars’ Swan Lake on Ice on April 27 at 7.45pm. FIND THE ANSWER: The award-winning Imperial Ice Stars bring Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece to life, with magnificent ice-dancing choreographed by acclaimed artistic director Tony Mercer. Swan Lake on Ice is showing from April 27 to May 8 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre, TST. For more information, visit; for tickets, visit or call 2111 5999.

How many galleries are exhibiting?

FIND THE ANSWER: The eighth Asia Contemporary Art Show features over 3,000 artworks, presented by more than 80 galleries across 15 countries. It is showing from March 24 to 27 at the Conrad Hong Kong, One Pacific Place, Admiralty. Admission is free for children under 16 years, accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit; for tickets, visit

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Join our growing ESF Tigers basketball programme at Discovery College ESF Tigers Basketball have expanded their popular after-school basketball programme at Discovery College (DC) by adding a Development Academy programme which takes place every Saturday. Students who attend our regular Monday afterschool classes are eligible to join the Development Academy where enhanced skill development and team fundamentals are coached.

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Sue Meldrum, the founder of At Home in DB, is moving to Australia this month

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SO LONG FOR NOW Departing DBer Sue Meldrum leaves a welcoming legacy she hopes to need again one day. Elizabeth Kerr reports


t’s a cool and rainy morning under a heavy grey sky, when Sue Meldrum hobbles into the Uncle Russ in DB North Plaza on crutches. Was it a skiing accident in Niseko or a rafting catastrophe in Queensland, that’s put her here? “No, that would be nice,” she says with a chuckle. She’s recovering from hallux abducto valgus surgery – an affliction better known by its more, no pun intended, pedestrian name of bunions. On both feet. In a very Sue kind of way, it was all or nothing. “There was never going to be a good time to do it, so I thought suck it up,” she says. “If I’m going to go through this pain and agony, I don’t want to do it twice.” That’s typical of Sue: Dive right in.

Family matters For nearly nine years, on and off, Sue has been a fixture in Discovery Bay, particularly

on its welcome wagon. Admittedly, that phrase belittles the point of At Home in DB (, the networking and support group for newcomers to Hong Kong, and DB in particular, that Sue founded in 2012. In many ways, Sue, now 50, is an exemplar of the DB community. Born in England and raised in Sydney, she worked for the Otis Elevator Company in New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam and India in her early twenties. She and her husband Guy met in Sydney in 1995 when both worked for the same multinational. In 1998, they were transferred to London, Sue working in communications (focused on Formula 1) and Guy in duty free. The couple bounced around another four countries before ‘settling’ in DB for the first time in 2007. A traditional expat family, Sue’s son Jacques (named after Formula 1 driver Jacques Villeneuve) goes to school in London where he was born, and daughter Sophie now boards in her birthplace, Sydney. Guy has just completed a four-year commute from Seoul and the couple are settling in Australia for a stretch, though the plan is to return to DB in retirement.

At home in DB It should come as no surprise then that Sue has made At Home in DB, which exists to help out people just like her, thrive. She’s been the new kid in town 11 times. The idea had its origins in her involvement with the Australian and New Zealand Association (ANZA) in Korea and later a miserable newcomer experience in Moscow, where she found herself intensely disconnected. “We had a wonderful mix of nationalities in ANZA who relied on the group to help them adapt to their new life in Seoul,” Sue says. “It was a huge adjustment for many newcomers, as spouses were not permitted to work in South Korea and the language and culture was challenging. ANZA was instrumental in bringing people together and providing a platform for a meaningful life.” At ANZA, Sue befriended people from all walks of life, who were working together on various social, charitable and human rights enterprises. The year she was president coincided with the celebrations of 50 years since the end of the Korean War. “There were many projects and events to organise with the Australian and New Zealand governments,” Sue says. “Through ANZA, I ended up loving my time in Seoul.” Landing in Hong Kong (the second time), Sue found herself in a position March 2016



where she had the time and energy to do something similar for other people, and so At Home in DB was born. The motivation was really about “helping newcomers feel orientated and welcome” in their new community, a frequent problem anywhere and one that is more often unique to women. But Sue is welcoming of everybody. The small orientation-focused coffee mornings held in her home soon blossomed into hikes, talks, and trips into the wilds of Shenzhen and beyond.

Success story Residents found Sue through Facebook groups (and Around DB), and via flyers and posters placed at bus stops, property agencies and schools (because she never stops, Sue chaired Discovery College PTA for two years). General coffee mornings soon turned into themed ones covering topics such as shopping, housing, health and Chinese culture. The attendee profile changed too. “Our talks for Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival help newcomers understand the culture in Hong Kong, and they are very popular,” Sue notes. “They also bring in people who aren’t necessarily new to DB but have an interest. Perhaps they’d been here a year but hadn’t yet celebrated.”

Over the years, At Home in DB morphed into a great tool for promoting small, independent DBbased businesses, too. Partners offered up door prizes and spread the word. Worthy causes and social enterprises also reaped the benefits (Nikki Boot at DB Mothers & Friends is a partner in philanthropy).

professional communications skills and received enormous pleasure in being able to share my experiences and give back.”

A leaving gift

As well as organising one final coffee morning on March 17, before her departure – “To bring together everyone At Home in DB has helped over the years, and to thank people because I’ve had enormous support from friends and small business owners here” – Sue is looking for a successor. She admits it’s a commitment – coordinating publicity, organising events and keeping current on what’s happening in the community – but insists At Home in DB has “a lot of possibilities”.

As Sue prepares for the next chapter of her life she reflects on At Home in DB’s legacy. “I desperately want to pass it on. I would be so disappointed if it were to just disappear,” she says. “Through At Home in DB,” she adds, “I have met wonderful people, made many new friends, honed my

“We have a great grounding now as residents, and businesses value what At Home in DB has to offer,” she concludes. “There’s an opportunity to take it to the next level, if that’s what someone chooses to do. It’s got a life of its own.” Kind of like Sue, who’s starting yet another one.

Though At Home in DB isn’t exclusive, Sue did start off with women in mind. “It’s been great,” she says. “Women here are particularly open to helping you. You do have to ask, but if you do, they will.”

Are you interested in running At Home in DB? Sue Meldrum is moving to Australia in March, and she is looking for someone to take over the popular community service. She would transfer the At Home in DB website and Facebook page, plus mailing lists, contacts, promotional material etc. to her successor(s). If you are up for the challenge either by yourself or with others, email Sue at

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Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” It’s clear then that most countries fall disastrously short. Peter Sherwood reports


he world’s wildlife population, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish, has dropped by more than 50% in the last 40 years, according to the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature). In South America, the rate of depletion has reached an astonishing 83%. This so-called ‘sixth extinction’ (see the award-winning, 2014 book by Elizabeth Kolbert) has been compared to the previous five great mass extinctions on Earth. Unlike March 2016

the others, the current destruction is entirely anthropogenic – a result of human activity. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature estimates that more than 3,000 animal species are endangered. The numbers grow alarmingly each year. Creatures across land, rivers and seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying

their habitats. To make matters worse, Asia is at the forefront of insatiable demand for animal parts for mostly ineffective and superstition-driven traditional medicine and ‘delicacies’. Gratuitous slaughter worldwide has brought numerous species to the edge of the abyss.

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procedure is invasive and painful, causing massive infection,” she says. Extracted bile contains high levels of ursodeoxycholic acid known to be useful for treating liver and gallbladder conditions. However, there are now many readily available herbal and synthetic alternatives with the same medicinal properties. Most farmed bears are kept in cages so small that the bears are unable to turn around or stand on all fours. Some are caged as cubs and never released. Bears may be kept caged like this for up to 30 years, starved, dehydrated and suffering from multiple diseases and malignant tumours that ultimately kill them.

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salvation of a single species, other Asian bears are being tortured to death. For pandas, natural selection would have stepped in long ago but, too cute to let go, they have become a valuable public relations commodity. Every time a panda is returned to the wild or, by the miracle of IVF one gives birth in some foreign zoo, people go all gooey and run out to buy a black-and-white plush toy. I love them too, but the propaganda hides a grim reality. According to DBer Connie Lo, head of direct marketing at Animals Asia, more than 10,000 bears are kept on bile farms in China, and around 1,200 in Vietnam. “The bears are kept in appalling conditions and subjected to regular bile extraction. The

Just as appalling are the tiger farms in China, often billed as zoos and tourism enterprises, where these magnificent creatures are bred for their body parts, believed to cure erectile dysfunction. The world’s largest cat species now numbers less than 3,000 in the wild, while in China there are 5,000 captive in appalling conditions in farms awaiting slaughter. Rare snakes, along with hundreds of other ‘exotic’ wildlife species in Asia, are hunted mercilessly, with many considered a delicacy and purported to hold medicinal properties. Pangolin poaching is also epidemic. The animal, a scale-covered anteater, is now the most frequently seized mammal in Asia’s black-market wildlife trade, according to Worldwatch Institute, a non-profit organisation. It is estimated that more than 200,000 pangolins were killed between 2011 and 2013. Pangolin foetuses, in particular, are considered a delicacy, one associated with enhanced virility. Pangolin blood and body parts have also long been an ingredient prized in traditional Chinese medicine. The carnage is massive, depressing and global. While the massacre of elephants

and rhinoceroses as part of the world’s US$19 billion illegal wildlife trade is well known, the practice continues. Dr Paula Kahumbu, a wildlife campaigner based in Kenya, told The Guardian in 2014: “Not a single African leader has spoken out on this. The silence is deafening.” The world has lost 95% of its rhino population in just 40 years. In 2014, National Geographic reported that ivory-seeking poachers have killed 100,000 African elephants in just three years. A decade ago there were about 142,000 elephants in Tanzania alone. The population today is less than 55,000. The slaughter rate is 30 a day. The illegal ivory trade is also funding terrorism in Africa, giving rise to the term ‘blood ivory’.

Japan, Denmark and HK too On land things are bad, and what’s happening in the oceans may be even worse. Around 100-million slowbreeding sharks are caught each year according to a 2013 article in the ocean-policy studies journal Marine Policy. Their fins are sliced off, so that people can make a luxury soup to impress friends, and the sharks are thrown back to drown. Sharks have been around for millions of years. China is bringing many shark species to the brink of extinction in less than five decades, a nanosecond in time. Another national nightmare for animals in the wild is Japan, hell-bent on slaughtering the magnificent whale and dolphin despite international opposition. The horrors of Japan’s bloody dolphin hunt were secretly documented in the 2009 Academy Award-winning film The Cove: dolphins and porpoises are herded into a small bay and butchered with knives and spears. Up to 23,000 of these beautiful creatures are agonisingly killed each year. All this cruelty, they say, in the name of ‘tradition’. Every year, Denmark’s Faroe Island also sees hundreds of whales and dolphins annihilated in a shallow bay. There are  March 2016



Bear bile farming is rife in China and Vietnam

no professional whale hunters on the Faroe Islands and no one relies on it for their living, but locals defend the attack saying it is primarily for food. While you won’t see such blatant animal slaughter here at home, Hong Kong’s Chinese White Dolphins are gradually being decimated by our own actions. “Sadly, they are today an endangered species,” explains DB resident Gary Stokes, director for South East Asia at Sea Shepherd Global. “Pollution, coastal development, overfishing and increased boat traffic off the coast of Lantau threatens to wipe out the species entirely, or at best drive them away. Sightings have diminished rapidly in recent years, from an estimated 160 in the early 2000s to just 60 today.”

Any hope in Asia? According to a 2014 report in I Digest: Insight into China, “Throughout Chinese history, animals have been viewed as subordinate to humans, tools and property to be used for societal and personal advancement. This may explain, to some degree, the seemingly ambivalent nature of the Chinese in the past to the wildlife trade and animal welfare.” It seems that the times are changing, however. A 2014 report in The Guardian revealed that under a new measure introduced in China, people who knowingly eat products made from 420 species classified as endangered now face up to 10 years or more in prison.

Tigers are still bred for body parts in China

Movie star Jackie Chan has long been involved with WildAid and is also an ambassador for the Save China’s Tigers organisation. Former NBA basketball hero Yao Ming has also become a wildlife crusader in his home country, challenging the deep-rooted tradition of sharkfin soup, and focusing on African wildlife, also through WildAid. But

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celebrity won’t save the natural world and there’s a long way to go with wildlife conservation. With so many animals nearing defeat, our children may well look back in disgust at these atrocities carried out in the name of vanity, mindless consumerism, superstition and gluttony. But the panda is doing fine.

DBear update Did you know DB is in the process of adopting a moon bear through Animals Asia? A donation of HK$155,000 covers everything in the first three years of the bear’s life – his medical care, food and enrichment. Through charity sales and competitions, DB residents Clara Chan, Dr Francis Chiu, Christine Lampert and Lauren Gordon have raised over HK$40,000 to date. To get involved email Clara at, and be sure to attend the Moon Bear Concert on March 12, at Discovery Bay International School.

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hen Chris Carter moved to Hong Kong permanently in late 2014, he wasn’t even playing cricket, let alone entertaining the notion that he would one day represent the country. Fast forward 15 months, and the 18-yearold Discovery Bay resident has nine international games under his belt and is preparing to take part in one of the biggest spectacles in the game, the ICC World Twenty20 (WT20) in Bangladesh starting March 8.

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Chris, who is studying part-time at Hong Kong University and the University of London, will travel to Bangladesh as part of a 15-man squad, with his likely role to be backup to first-choice wicketkeeper Jamie Atkinson. This being said, Chris was Hong Kong’s ‘keeper in the Asia Cup from February 19 and is hoping his performance with the bat there will boost his chances of playing solely as a batsman at the WT20. As he says: “Either way, just to be there with teams like Australia and South Africa will be amazing.” Chris made his Hong Kong debut in June last year and soon after started training full-time with the national side. Before long, he earned selection on a tour of the UAE and his first taste of international cricket. On the tour, Chris played four Twenty20s and two one-dayers. He also got to test himself against some of the world’s best in tour matches against Pakistan and England, making 34 batting at number five against the English. Find more local heroes

“That was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing,” Chris says. “It was kind of that feeling where you have got nothing to lose so you just go out there and have fun. [England paceman] Chris Woakes was by far the fastest bowler I’ve ever faced.”

Meteoric rise Born in Clearwater Bay in 1997, Chris and his family relocated to Perth two years later, where they lived until returning to Hong Kong in early 2013. Chris finished his schooling at Hale School in Perth as a boarder in late 2014 before settling in DB. Chris played school, representative, club and second-XI grade cricket in Perth, but he made the life-changing decision to join the Kowloon Cricket Club in March 2015 just for fun. Perth-born head coach [former Australian cricketer] Ryan Campbell immediately spotted his potential. While Chris’ rapid rise has exceeded all of his expectations, a maturity that belies his years and an ability to stay grounded should ensure that the ride of his life isn’t finished just yet. “Cricket is kind of like life in the sense that sometimes you are in control of what’s at hand and sometimes you are not,” Chris says. “You are given a deck Chris Carter has faced of cards and you have to play them as England paceman they are, so to speak. You might get a Chris Woakes good ball and get out to it and you can’t do anything about it, but at other stages you can dictate the game and do it your way.and That’s how I compare it to life.” Fung Tat Choi Chan Yu Ting


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CHARTERING UNKNOWN TERRITORY Sharing her first impressions on moving to DB, Trisha Hughes provides a useful guide for first-time expats and reminds us all how it felt to be the new girl in the plaza


hen you told your friends and family that you were moving to Hong Kong, did you see their eyes almost glaze over in ecstasy and jealousy? They would have been imagining the hectic markets, the designer shops, the busy nightlife and they would have absolutely been imagining the travelling opportunities. And if I am being completely honest, I was thinking those exact same thoughts too. I was definitely up for the challenge, especially with the juicy carrot of living in a fully integrated resort (Discovery Bay) being waved in front of me. We’ve all been there. We all know that euphoric feeling. Before I knew it, there was packing to do, removalists to organise, pet transport and immunisation to arrange and an apartment to find. Unlike most expats, I was spared the horror of finding a new school for my children as mine have already grown up and left the nest. What made my heart miss a beat or two was the thought of finding a new hairdresser in a foreign country. I almost broke out in a cold sweat at the thought.

The glorious mayhem Wrapped up in the glorious mayhem of the move itself, and of settling into my larger than expected sea-view apartment, it took me a few weeks to come back down to earth. But as all expats know, sooner or later reality sets in and we begin to think that somehow we’ve made a terrible mistake. Starting a new life in a new country is not a piece of cake. I, for one, hadn’t considered how far out of my comfort zone I would be. I wasn’t even in the same country as my comfort zone. No one mentions the homesickness after leaving family members and close friends back home. No one mentions the loneliness, which I know exists. After all, I was one of those lonely women walking aimlessly around DB Plaza. No one mentions the red tape involved in something as simple as opening a bank account and organising a credit card. And no one mentions that a normal grocery shop at Fusion is like something out of a Mad Max movie. Everyone careers around the aisles in a flurry of coats, scarves and mobile phones like they’ve been shot

out of a rubber band at warp-8 speed. The only things missing are the spikes on the trolley wheels. It’s these small cultural nuances that can catch you out and blindside you. Mix it all together, and you’ve got a cocktail for stress. What many couples forget to prepare for is the most important change of all: the one their marriage goes through. A key stress factor is social isolation during the initial phase of relocation. This isolation often leads to couples putting too much pressure on each other when they have no friends to spend time with or confide in. Of course, everyone will say you can overcome the ‘loneliness’ obstacle by joining clubs or the gym, and interacting with people at your spouse’s work functions. But when you’re already struggling with so many emotions and changes, it’s just another overwhelming battle in the war to fit in and settle down. There’s no fine art to expat living. A stint overseas can finish with a fairy tale  March 2016



ending just as often as it can end up a terrible nightmare. What is certain is that we all have different stress levels and we all have different priorities and it’s not always a smooth ride. In fact, it can be a double-edged sword. But as the wise and experienced initiates of the expat realm will tell you, chartering into unknown territory is half the fun. They will also tell you it just takes time.

Light at the end of the tunnel You’ll be happy to hear that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Gradually you’ll find the rhythm of that human current and you’ll start to go with the flow. You’ll come to understand, like me, that even if your scales say you haven’t put on any weight, being politely directed from the ‘medium-sized’ clothes rack to the ‘jumbo-sized’ one is not a personal insult. You’ll come to learn that you will never walk in a straight line anywhere because everyone is gazing intently down at their phones and they simply don’t see you in their path. And very soon you’ll begin to wonder how you ever survived in a world without a helper. Those rare nights out back home, when not only did you have the expense of a babysitter to contend with but there was always the question of who would draw the short straw and be the one limiting their drinks in order to drive home. Very soon, thanks to the superb ferry and taxi service, all of that will become a distant memory. So my advice is to allow yourself the time and an open mind to adjust to the local culture. You’ll find that Cantonese people are wonderfully helpful. On one occasion as I sat on a bus, balancing an open map precariously on my lap while trying to determine at which stop to get off, I had half a dozen locals, who could not speak English by the way, leaning over my shoulder, all pointing and gesturing. When I eventually stood

on the footpath at my destination, I found myself waving goodbye to a busload of strangers who were waving happily back at me. Like me, you’ll find that Hong Kong is a great place for expats, a modern and entertaining ticking bomb of human energy. All being said, there’s no better way to prepare yourself for a move abroad than to read about the trials and tribulations of expats living and working overseas who’ve been there and done that. But don’t be governed by everything you read. As Mama

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For me, I’d rather say ‘I can’t believe I did that’ instead of saying ‘I wish I had’.

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Try the 30-minute challenge today DB resident Kerri Gunthorpe, who works in Central as a relationship counsellor, separation support and family mediator and is also a visiting practitioner at the Integrated Medicine Institute (IMI) in DB North Plaza, has this advice for new expats. “My husband and I have lived in Hong Kong over the years with our children and now in DB as empty nesters. After 34 years together I can honestly say that some of the biggest relationship challenges came from our expatriate living. Many of these problems are first-world issues but nonetheless, they can create opportunity for relationships to disconnect. Here are two simple strategies to help you: Stop trying to find the time for a lengthy catch up. The simple things are enough to keep your relationship connection going. Meeting your partner at the airport, when he gets back from a work trip, gives you 30 minutes to chat before the kids dive in for their time. You can also put your tiredness aside, and take 30 minutes to go for a walk together after the kids are asleep. And try turning the phone off for 30 minutes. There is nothing more exasperating when we are sharing an issue of importance than hearing the other person’s phone ring or beep a message, or seeing them look away to check their phone. This creates disconnection, a significant feature in today’s relationship breakdowns. Pigeons took 30 hours to get the message to a recipient in years gone by. You can wait to check your phone for 30 minutes.” You can contact Kerri through IMI in DB on 2537 1087.

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Cass of The Mamas & the Papas wisely said, “Make your own kind of music and sing your own special song”. Buy those extra fluffy slippers for walking on your wooden floors or marble tiles. Buy a water dispenser if you’re not sure about the quality of the water. And talk to that stranger walking aimlessly around the plaza. You know the one – she’s the one who looks as lost and lonely as you felt when you first arrived.



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LEARNING Professor Sugata Mitra’s recent talk at Discovery Bay International School provided parents and educationalists alike with plenty of food for thought. Sam Agars reports

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hen world-renowned educational researcher Professor Sugata Mitra visited Discovery Bay International School (DBIS) to give a presentation in February, it quickly became clear to the audience that he has a tendency to question everything about the current education system. The winner of the 2013 TED Prize, awarded annually to an individual with the vision to spark global change, is currently in the middle of a research project called School in the Cloud. Through this innovative learning facility, he is looking into better ways to prepare children for modern life. Professor Mitra trod a less than conventional pathway into education and his philosophies are far removed from traditional schooling methods. From a background in political physics, he is now the Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at England’s Newcastle University. He is best known for his Hole in the Wall projects which have shown that, in the absence of supervision or formal teaching, children can teach themselves and each other.

A new meaning for knowledge Professor Mitra believes that the time has come for schools to remove irrelevant knowledge and skills from the curriculum and start using the internet as a knowledge base. “My educational philosophy of the 21st century, of now, is very different from what it would have been if you had asked me the same questions, say, 15 years ago,” Professor Mitra says. “If I had to put it into one sentence, I’d say the internet is a game changer. For some reason we are in a bit of a state of denial but it is actually changing what thinking means; it’s changing what knowing means. That is, I think, the key to understanding what we should do with learning.” In a world where people have constant access to the internet via their phones,

Professor Mitra asks why we take phones away from students during an exam. He believes the future of learning will be far removed from what we are accustomed to and says it is time to start implementing slow change in classrooms. “There is a future which is only very vaguely visible right now, a future where a combination of the brain and the internet makes a very important concept disappear – the idea of knowing,” Professor Mitra says.” A lot of people ask, ‘Are you saying knowledge will be obsolete?’ No I’m not; I’m saying knowledge will have a different meaning. That combination of you and the phone knows almost

anything in the traditional sense. Schools have to change to adapt to that creature.”

Hole in the Wall experiments Professor Mitra’s 1999 Hole in the Wall experiment, which inspired Oscarwinning movie Slumdog Millionaire, saw him bash a hole in his office wall and push through a computer for the young children in a neighbouring New Delhi slum to use. The result sparked a deep-seated curiosity in the learning methods of the young. “A whole process starts and each action is learnt by everybody around,” Professor Mitra says. “I still don’t 

Professor Sugata Mitra with DBIS principal, Paul Tough

What the DBIS principal thinks “It was wonderful to welcome Professor Mitra to DBIS as educational research plays an important role in teaching and learning within schools. Ideas such as his inform the ongoing discussions between teachers about the effectiveness of their practice. Schools have to respond to the rapid changes in society and in particular the workplace. Helping children learn important transferable skills such as comprehension, analysis, evaluation and synthesis is crucial. Equally, helping children understand how to navigate safely and judiciously the welter of information presented to them through mobile technologies is of growing importance. As for whether Professor Mitra’s ideas are likely to be implemented more widely in schools, our teachers use many of his suggestions now. Opportunities for self-directed learning and learning which seizes upon the individual interests of children are a feature of our Discovery curriculum in both Secondary and Primary. We are also looking at enhancing the ability of our students to investigate big problems and concepts in a structured and guided manner. That said, there will always be the need for teachers to teach essential knowledge and core skills.”

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know the exact process but it involves experiment, trial, error, transfer of know-how. If you leave groups of children unsupervised, with an internet connection, for a period of nine months, they go from a zero in computer literacy to the same level of computing literacy as the average office secretary in the West. [Our findings] kind of flew in the face of everything we knew about instruction, teaching and learning.” Professor Mitra went on to conduct his experiment throughout India, South Africa and Cambodia with the same result. Upon moving to the UK in 2006, he adapted the Hole in the Wall, so he could hold it inside English schools and apply it directly to learning. In schools, Professor Mitra would ask the students “big questions” (open-ended questions) and set them free to form their own groups and find the answers on the internet. “I say, ‘I don’t know how you are going to find it but I am going to give you 25 minutes and let’s see if you can give me an answer,’” Professor Mitra says. “When the answer comes back, that’s when you start getting a surprise because you have not told them anything about where to get the answer and how deep the answer should be. The children don’t know what’s meant for them and what’s not, they read everything. This

whole process is called a self-organised learning environment.”

The Granny Cloud Another of Professor Mitra’s groundbreaking concepts, which sees people beamed into places where good teachers won’t go or good teachers are not effective, is the Granny Cloud. Using a method different to your usual teacher, the Granny Cloud educationalists aim to stimulate learning by using admiration and encouragement. “Children, particularly below preadolescent, the three things they really dislike are order, methods and reason,” Professor Mitra says. “The grandparent knows this.” The Granny Cloud is delivered via video calls. Rather than being physically present in the classrooms, the teachers (grandmothers – who can be people of any age) teach from the screen.

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developed a cloud-based facility where children can explore and learn on their own, with or without a teacher. “I still don’t know how well both things will work – it’s a three-year study which will end this year,” Professor Mitra says. “The first important thing is to analyse the data, which will happen around the end of this year.” One problem Professor Mitra faces with his School in the Cloud is teachers questioning him about how this type of online learning can be assessed, leading him to question current exam structures. “Why was the system the way it was?” Professor Mitra asks. “Because you were taught things, so you could use them if you needed them one day. But we can think of a system which teaches children how to learn quickly enough, just in time, if they have internet access. Maybe that’s the shift in schooling that we should look at. Just in case needs to change to just in time. “The internet has to be taught like a subject and we need to review the curriculum as quickly as possible. We need to take out textbooks and replace them with electronic equivalents that can be reviewed and changed all the time for those subjects, and there are many, which are changing all the time.”


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Out and about in Antarctica, Kate Whitehead enjoys close encounters with penguins, taking a Polar Plunge and chilling her cocktails with black ice



he Drake Passage is the notoriously volatile stretch of water that separates Latin America and Antarctica. If you’re lucky, the waters will be relatively calm and the old hands on deck will declare a ‘Drake Lake’. However, you’re just as likely to encounter stormy seas, waves that batter the ship and have half the passengers heaving in their cabins. But whatever the Drake throws at you, it’s all part of the rite of passage to Antarctica – a twoday transition from the everyday world of wi-fi and worries to a far simpler yet more powerful place. March 2016

It is 100 years since the British explorer Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance was caught in the pack ice, marking the beginning of one of the world’s most exciting adventure stories. Today the Antarctic Peninsula looks much as it did in Shackleton’s time – a great white arm that extends from the main body of the icy continent, populated with penguins, whales and Weddell seals that appear to be smiling as they lounge on the ice flows. But unlike Shackleton and his crew, who were locked in a battle to survive, today’s expedition ships are packed with visitors psyched for the trip of a lifetime.

Sea Explorer, an expedition ship operated by Polar Latitudes, crosses the Drake almost every 10 days during the summer season, from late October through to March. Then the ice freezes over and Antarctica is again cut off from the rest of the world.

Bragging rights Travel to Antarctica still holds bragging rights, especially if you camp out on the ice or dare to do the Polar Plunge, stripping off and immersing yourself in the icy waters. And unlike most organised tours, tourists are made to


Sea Explorer in Neko Harbour, packed with visitors psyched for the trip of a lifetime

feel as though they are explorers on a proper adventure. On Sea Explorer the expedition team is made up of 10 scientists, biologists, historians and adventurers, who nimbly switch between giving lectures on the wildlife, history and geology to navigating inflatable Zodiacs between the icebergs and facing down a snowstorm without flinching. It is not a leisurely cruise. Expedition leader Hannah Lawson gives a wakeup call over the PA system each morning. It’s usually an early start after a late night, but she succeeds in

gauging the right tone for the time of day and usually gives a good incentive to crawl out of bed: “Good morning, it’s 6.30am and we are in Paradise Harbour. On your starboard, you’ll see a humpback whale breaching. Breakfast will be served in half an hour.” How very civilised this is, so unlike the experience on Endurance. No doubt Shackleton’s men weren’t greeted with cups of hot chocolate – and the option of a slug of whisky – when they clambered on board after time out on the ice. And the penguins, who hog

the limelight on Antarctic trips, are no longer served up as dinner. That’s right, the early explorers ate penguins. Frederick Cook, an American surgeon and polar explorer wrote in 1897 that penguins tasted like: “A piece of beef, odiferous cod fish and a canvas-backed duck roasted together in a pot with blood and cod-liver oil for sauce.”

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at protecting the wildlife is the stipulation that visitors are not to get closer than five metres to the penguins and other animals. But the penguins don’t know about the rule, so if you stand still they will often come right up to you. It can make for some magic moments. Another IAATO regulation holds that no more than 100 people are allowed to land in the same space at any one time. Beyond the penguins, whales and seals, the draw of Antarctica is the vast, icy landscape. It’s a place like no other on Earth and as such the usual rules no longer seem to apply. The first thing to go is your sense of perspective. In the early summer everything is white – the mountains are covered in snow, glaciers roll down to the sea and the rest is part of the great ice sheet. There are no trees or anything that might give you a sense of scale, making it difficult to judge distances. Only when you see an inflatable Zodiac boat beside an iceberg, do you realise just how huge these majestic blocks of ice really are.

light the glaciers. This is the best time to hear them creak and moan. Every now and then a section will calve off into the sea, hitting the water with a loud smack and sending a tsunami across the bay. Liberated, these new icebergs float off. The more you look at the icebergs, the more you come to appreciate the range of colours, from white through to turquoise, deep blue and black. The black ice is the oldest – 50,000-yearold water that has been compressed over time so that all the air and impurities have been removed. This black ice looks like shards of glass.

A taste for the ice

Expedition leader Hannah cuts the Zodiac’s engine and we drift through an iceberg graveyard. The icebergs here have run aground and are slowly melting. These are majestic slabs of ice, calved from a glacier and shaped and moulded by the sea. Sue spots a big chunk of black ice and leans over the side of the Zodiac and with bare hands, for a better grip, heaves it into the boat. “We’ll take this bit back – it’s the best ice to have in your G&T,” she says.

What makes the landscape even more surreal is the fact that it never gets properly dark in the summer. The sun sets after 10pm and even then there’s a twilight that’s enough to

Sipped on the ship’s deck, overlooking the icebergs, it is indeed the best gin and tonic ever. Now that’s another thing Shackleton probably missed out on.

Getting there To get on an expedition ship, like Sea Explorer, you must book through an agent. This entails no additional cost and the agent will advise you on the best time to go, provide help with logistics and ensure immediate ground support in the event of any problems. One of the best options locally is A2A Journeys, which has an office in Central and tailor-makes luxury adventure trips to Antarctica. Visit You can also contact Flight Centre Hong Kong to organise a luxury Ponant cruise of Antarctica. Visit A smiling Weddell seal

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SMASHING SUCCESS Any way you spin it, DB’s much loved Tennis Nations Cup is sure to provide an ace time for all this month. Beverly Au talks to top players and club coaches


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eld on the weekend of March 5 at the Discovery Bay Recreation Cub (DBRC), the 23rd Tennis Nations Cup is about to serve up a big slice of fun for DB tennis players representing their country, and their legions of fans.


Tennis has always been one of the best loved and well supported sports in Discovery Bay, and this year’s event promises to be another smashing success. Each team is comprised of eight men and four women players, with 20 different national teams digging deep to bring sporting glory to their home country. An annual highlight for spectators, in addition to the court-side carnival, is that players dress up in fun, and often highly amusing, national costume. March 2016

Game on Players to watch this year include Alex Yang and Kyoko Funo, representing Korea and Japan, and Richard Beck, who is captaining Team Australia. Alex and Richard have both played for the DBRC’s men’s A+ Team in the Hong Kong Tennis Association night league, while Kyoko plays in top-tier day and night league women’s teams for DB. All three have been eagerly hitting the courts these past few weeks preparing for this year’s event. “I like the camaraderie and the country spirit of the Nations Cup,” says Alex, an 11-year DB resident and 10-time Nations Cup participant. “The DB tennis community likes to get outside and play tennis together. It’s more fun with more people. In past years,

there has been a good spirit. People sometimes get a little nit-picky with line calls but everything is settled on court and everyone has fun afterwards. “It is also nice to have something to celebrate. Everyone looks forward to it and it is great because it brings neighbours together,” Alex adds. As each team has just 12 players and a few reserves, not everyone gets to play. Each team captain has his own way of picking players – whether on a firstcome-first enrolment basis, or purely based on talent. “The event is so popular that we had to cut a few people from our team this year,” Alex reveals, “so we drew names out of a hat.” Richard, who will be playing in his 12th Nations Cup this year, says Team


Kyoko Funo representing Japan

Richard Beck, captain of Team Australia

Australia’s preparations have included practice sessions and, appropriately enough, a team barbeque. “The Nations Cup is a great opportunity to bring people together and have a bit of competitive spirit,” he says. “We enjoy getting players who haven’t played in a while to join in. As people are representing their country, the tournament always brings out this competitiveness.”

the other teams in their group, with each match consisting of one men’s doubles set and one women’s doubles set. Each team is then ranked one to five, depending on the number of games won by each team. Then on the Sunday, the top team from each group is put into a pool and plays off for the title, while the second, third, fourth and fifth finishers are also put into pools to play off for additional prizes.

Kyoko played for Italy in the 2015 Nations Cup but will be representing her native Japan this year in her second attempt at lifting the trophy. “It’s a great time and the standard of the matches is good,” the bubbly three-year DB resident says enthusiastically. “I like playing with different people. The tournament is like a festival and I enjoy the food from all over the world that is served at the court-side carnival.”

DBRC tennis coach Ajit Gidwani explains: “At Sunday’s semi-final and finals stages, each match consists of a men’s doubles, ladies’ doubles and mixed doubles set. The winner is then decided by the total number of games won.”

How it works The Nations Cup is played over a weekend and each day has a different playing format. On the Saturday, the 20 teams vying for the cup are randomly separated into four groups of five teams. Each team plays a match against each of

Player standards are high for the cup, which partly reveals why places for this event are so coveted. “There are a few players in the Nations Cup, longterm DB residents, who have played at a high level as juniors back in their home country. And many of the players play in the Hong Kong Tennis Association leagues,” Ajit explains. Roberto Santamaria, DBRC head tennis coach, expects this year’s cup to be extremely competitive. “Australia has won the Nations Cup many times, 10 times in a row prior

to 2015,” he says. “But last year Team China won and it was a surprise.” This year, Roberto says, Team China players have to prove themselves not just against Australia but also other top teams, such as Germany, who always come close to winning the cup and have many new players from which to draw from. “Being a well-rounded player is important, especially in doubles, as players need to be able to play from the baseline, and effectively at the net to be successful. Good communication with partners is also vital,” advises Ajit.

Having a ball Besides giving it their all for national pride on the courts, tournament players and their supporters enjoy a reputably raucous, if not downright wild, after-party. “Each team dresses up in a theme which represents their nation and parades into the club for everyone to see,” says Ajit. “Prizes are given to the bestdressed team for both the day event and evening event. After the parade, we have the trophy ceremony for the winners of the tournament, followed by a buffet dinner and dancing.”  March 2016



The combined US teams took home best dressed at the after-party, 2015

DBRC coaches Ajit Gidwani and Roberto Santamaria

“The after-party performances are great fun,” Roberto says. “You never know what people are going to come dressed as.” Memorable appearances to date have included a Santa Claus crew driving a golf cart, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and an Elvis impersonating band. Last year, the prize for best after-party costume went to the combined US teams dressed as the stars of smashhit, seventies movie Grease; USA Lightening took home the prize for best dressed on court. “The best part of the tournament has to be the diversity of the people playing in the event. The Nations Cup is a real celebration of the DB community, with people coming out for a good time,” says Ajit. Find more clubs and activities


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To commemorate the 400th anniversary of The Bard’s death, Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company is performing King and Country, Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings – Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 and Henry V. The trilogy, staged by Gregory Doran, tells the story of Prince Hal, a boy who grows up to become King of England. To book tickets, starting at HK$100, visit


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Victoria Park, Causeway Bay Organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Hong Kong Flower Show encourages several thousands of the city’s residents, as well as horticulture enthusiasts from all over the world, to appreciate the beauty of flowers and share their love for cultivation. This year’s edition showcases the Antirrhinum majus (snapdragon), along with a multitude of potted plants, floral arrangements and landscape displays. Visitors can also enjoy educational and recreational activities, such as drawing competitions, floral art demonstrations, greening activity workshops, guided tours, commercial stalls and music performances. For more information, visit

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

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

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

COSY NEW 1 BEDROOM Cosy & brand-new 1-bedroom flat with sea view, convenient location, fully furnished with bed linen, kitchenware, washer/ drier & English & Chinese TV channels. Free cleaning once every 3 days upon request. Minimum stay 3 nights. Contact Mary on 9726 6219,

OVERSEAS PROPERTY MODERN 1-BEDROOM FLAT Spacious open layout on a quiet, high floor. Shower & fully equipped kitchen, washer/ dryer. Wi-fi, English movies & news. Just unpack! Competitively priced. Contact 6680 2007,




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

Stunning 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom sailing yacht in a Langkawi marina, for overnight stay or private charter around Langkawi and Southern Thailand. For details, contact 9732 2544,

Stunning cliff-top 2-bedroom beach cottage offering uninterrupted 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean, just a 5-minute walk to Laguna Beach. For more information, contact 9732 2544,

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

SLEEPS 4 Bright, fully furnished flat, sleeps 4. Fully equipped kitchen, plus wi-fi & broadband. Towels & linens provided. Minimum stay 1 month. Email


March 2016

AUSTRALIAN PROPERTY Everything you need to know about buying a property in Australia. Information on property markets, taxation, finance, migration & legal. Free online at

PHUKET VILLA Deluxe, spacious 4-bedroom villa, with ensuite bathrooms & private pool. Wireless internet access, sala, bar & BBQ area. Fully equipped kitchen with laundry area. Close to Laguna. Contact Roenel on 9050 4772,


Genuine antiques, small pieces of delightful furniture from the late ‘Ching Dynasty’

Six minutes walk from the Mui Wo ferry to the direction of the Silvermine Beach Hotel.

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Greenland Pest Control Tailored Pest Control Solutions for Rodent, Cockroaches, Fleas, Mosquitoes, Termites, Ants, Ticks etc… For info please call Thomas 9871 0771 or May 9774 3554 Email:


Here’s your chance to prove and improve your writing skills, express your ideas and get published! From the articles submitted, our three mentors will each select a winning story and work on improving it with the author. The three finished articles will then be posted on the Around DB and Life on Lantau Facebook page for an online vote.

You are • A secondary school student living and/ or studying in Lantau

The article is • A nonfiction account of 600 to 700 words, highlighting something that’s happening in your community that you are concerned about • Authors submit their name, age, year group and school (the mentors will be given the age of the writers only)

How it works

Last year’s YWC winners: Maria Andreeva,

• March 14: Deadline for submission to Janica Bergas and Ruhi Kumar • March 15 to 20: The mentors select three winning entries • March 21 to April 15: Each mentor meets with one winning writer to provide advice on improving the article. The writer reworks the piece and resubmits it to his/ her mentor, who checks it and passes it to our team for online posting • April 16, 8am: The three winning articles are posted on the Around DB and Life on Lantau Facebook page for readers to vote online • April 19, 6pm: Online voting ends • April 20: The results of Young Writer’s Competition (YWC) 2016 are posted on the Around DB and Life on Lantau Facebook page and

What you get • • • • •

The winning article is published in the May issue of Around DB and the June issue of Life on Lantau All three finalists are profiled in the May issue of Around DB and the June issue of Life on Lantau HK$1,000, HK$500 and HK$400 EpicLand day passes for the three finalists Gourmet goodie bags from Meatsnacks Group for the three finalists and three runners up Prize giving at EpicLand, the main competition sponsor

About the mentors Peter Sherwood and Elizabeth Kerr are delighted to be reprising their role as YWC mentors, and this year we are delighted to welcome Martin Lerigo on board to round out the mentoring team. All three mentors are writers and journalists of long-standing and, of course, Around DB and Life on Lantau contributors. Elizabeth, Peter and Martin are thrilled to have this opportunity to share their insights and help our young readers get published for the first time.

Be sure to check the YWC guidelines @, or the Around DB and Life on Lantau Facebook page, and submit your article by March 14 to

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Tree of Joy A playgroup offering a variety of fun classes to children from 14months to 3years+ under a nurturing and enriching environment. 9787 2755,

The Best Travel Agency in DB 2987 2626

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

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am not what you might call an early riser, unless you think 8am is early. And I suspect that people who boast they leap out of the straw around four or five are either lying, incontinent, insensitive, or insane. Who in their right mind would volunteer to potter around in the dark at such a mad hour, let alone go jogging, a pursuit of the athletically unhinged? There have been times when some idiot appointment saw my face in DB Plaza around dawn, or around 5am when a ferry dumped me there following 25 minutes of blissful unconsciousness, only to be woken feeling like my tongue had been run over by a garbage truck. Either way, I am unable to recall a daybreak venture to the plaza when I’ve not been witness to devastation caused by litter, and worse. Even bleary eyed, I retained enough awareness to be appalled. This is not an inexpensive place to live and we’re all educated people. So what the hell is going on?

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Responsibility is social glue


Certainly we can all find time to whine about DB, but then we also moan about inevitable weather and the presence of gravity. Reality is that were DB located 25 minutes from central London or Manhattan, I couldn’t afford to live here and likely neither could you. Perhaps because plaza tables are not our personal property, responsible people and cretins alike have equal potential to create a public mess with piles of cans, bottles and fast-food packaging, most of which contain more valuable nutrition than their original contents. Should we be surprised? We primitive beings are but a chromosome away from chimpanzees and we’ve been in our present form for only about 100,000 years, a nanosecond in time.

JUNKING THE PLAZA While conceding that nobody wants to wash a rented car, Peter Sherwood gets mildly apoplectic about local littering And if anyone doesn’t think that reasonable and ordinary people of average intelligence are incapable of rubbishing their home turf, along with unimaginable atrocities of a colourful variety, then their reading of history must have been limited to Alice in Wonderland. Compared to what our species is capable of, trashing the plaza is like Hitler smacking his dog, Blondi, for peeing on Goering’s best boots. If wrecking the plaza is a minor infraction, why am I mildly incandescent about it? Well, I think

‘Responsible’ has Latin roots (responsabilis) so I guess those thoughtless Neanderthals fouling the community have a get-out-of-jail card – they don’t speak Latin. And, as the Americans say: “Nobody wants to wash a rented car.”

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

Find more from Peter March 2016

it is arrogance to blindly assume we can be irresponsible and do whatever the hell we want, relying on lowly paid cleaners to make it right – and with zero risk of our being punished or shamed. Responsibility is social glue, and personal responsibility a cornerstone of successful living.


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Around DB March Issue 2016  

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

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