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CONTENTS October 2017



DB chef John Agusto Rocha

Around DB ’s 15th anniversary



Helping loved ones beat cancer

10 things you need to do in Havana

FAMILY MATTERS Why do we celebrate Halloween?


GIVEAWAYS Win big prizes


PARENTING Hacking the baby blues


RECIPES Macanese mezze


DB FACES Community snaps


OUT THERE Island life





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DB resident Regina Picard with her daughter Camille on Headland Drive, October 31, 2016 Discovery Bay’s original community magazine


Macanese cookery class with DB chef John Agusto Rocha How supportive loved ones helped Cathay’s Joy Juliano-Holmes combat cancer

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DBRC CHARITY TENNIS CUP The Discovery Bay Recreation Club Charity Tennis Cup on September 23 saw teams dress up and hit the court to raise funds for the Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association and Watchdog Early Education Centre. For the results, head to the Discovery Bay Tennis Connection Facebook page.






DBIS SUSTAINABILITY WEEK Discovery Bay International School’s Sustainability Week from September 25 to 29 saw the school reflect on how it has been addressing conservation and environmental impact, where it needs to develop in these areas and how it can raise the profile of local and global issues. Throughout the week, students explored the environmental themes of habitats, protection and concrete jungle.

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RUGBY FIGHT NIGHT Five Discovery Bay Pirates’ members took part in the inaugural Club Fight Night on September 1, with fighters from the top eight rugby clubs in Hong Kong duking it out to raise funds for Operation Breakthrough and Darkness into Light. Eddie Peters, Devi Kumar, Bobbo Kane, Amani Gong and Lionel Trentini flew the flag for the Pirates, with Lionel and Devi coming out winners.


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TYPHOON CLEAN-UP Like the rest of Hong Kong, Discovery Bay felt the effects of Typhoon Hato in late August. With the beaches and roads covered in all sorts of debris, residents were out in force to clean up the mess. Photos by Jason Severn and James Allen

BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR The seventh annual Back to School Fair, held at Discovery Bay International School on August 26, saw over 30 local organisations present their works to the DB community. Photos by Claire Severn


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Tai Pak Wan is the place to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival, with the DB community converging to display their lanterns. (Everyone is encouraged to tidy up after themselves and to make sure lanterns are reusable.) Discovery Bay Recreation Club members can get into the festive groove at the club from 7pm to 10pm. Meanwhile, Auberge Discovery Bay is presenting a five-day festive feast at Café Bord de Mer & Lounge, with glowing kids' tents on the terrace. Call 2295 8288. October 5 & 21


organised by Plastic Free Seas and DB Green, at Sam Pak Wan from 2pm to 4pm on October 21. You can also help tidy up Tai Pak Wan after the Mid-Autumn Festival on October 5 (a public holiday) from 9am to 11am. Visit

Throughout October

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


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

4.45pm. For more information, call 2238 3617. October 8


in DB Plaza from 11am to 6pm. October 12


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


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New Integrated Medicine Institute naturopath Dr Joelle Bradford’s free talk on Children’s Learning and Behaviour reveals the vital nutrients needed for children’s optimal brain development and the common underlying conditions that affect children’s mood and concentration, as well as the natural ways to strengthen children’s immunity and natural medicine’s approach to ADD/ ADHD. Throughout October, Joelle is offering free 20-minute info sessions about how naturopathic medicine can enhance your health. To register, call 2537 1087 or email

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Discovery College

Buy and sell all your lightly used goods at the DB Flea Market in DB Plaza from 12pm to 5pm.

KIDS IN THE PARK Siena Park October 21 Photo courtesy of DC

The Discovery College PTA is hosting a white-themed rooftop dinner, with spectacular views, top-notch entertainment and dancing. Guests are asked to dress in white and are encouraged to bring a picnic to share with friends, while there is also wine tasting on offer and catering by Chef’s Choice. Tickets are HK$200 from the PTA shop or at; for more information email

October 21


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Discovery Bay International Community Church and Discovery Bay Alliance Church are holding their annual Kids in the Park fun day, with kids aged two to 10 welcome. Running from 2pm to 5pm, families can expect plenty of fun games and activities. Tickets, costing HK$20, are available from the Discovery Bay Alliance Church, which is located behind Fusion.

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Discovery Mind International’s Funfilled Day offers up fun and games for the kids and a chance to find out all about the school. The event runs from 10am to 12pm at Discovery Mind’s International Play Centre and Kindergarten in DB and Tung Chung, and at its Primary School in Tung Chung. To find out more, call 2915 0666.

A seemingly ever-present figure in the community, Jason Jedwood was a much-loved DBer taken far too soon. Known for his affable nature and quick wit, Jason died aged 48 on September 9 after a year-long battle with colon cancer. A Cathay Pacific captain by trade, Jason is survived by his wife Inbal, and children Ryan and Chloe. South Africaborn Jason was cracking jokes until the end and passed in Standford, California surrounded by loved ones. Buried in Raanana, Israel, Jason will be dearly missed by many in Discovery Bay. October 2017





Registration for the men’s DB Basketball Tournament Community Health Cup is open until October 2, while the event runs from 11am to 5.30pm on the 22nd and is open to spectators. Eight teams are already signed up to battle it out in an effort to promote healthy living in DB. To find out more, call 2238 3601 or head to

Soap Cycling is celebrating October 28 its five-year anniversary with a Halloween Zombie Run. Families are challenged to complete the course ‘uninfected’ by zombies, and win prizes. Soap Cycling hopes to use the run to raise awareness about its work in recycling Photo courtesy of Soap Cycling used soap and distributing it to the underprivileged. Early bird tickets are just HK$250 until October 7; visit

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October 31

HAPPY HALLOWEEN to all the witches, wizards, vampires and ghouls in DB! To find out why we celebrate the Day of the Dead, turn to page 36.



DB Plaza & Tai Pak Wan November 4

The latest venture from well-known DB business Nailed it!, Head to Toe Spa’s massage services meet the professional standards that Nailed It! has become known for. A superb range of massages are on offer from foot, neck and shoulder, to sports deep tissue, aromatherapy and acupressure. Head to Toe Spa stocks a range of quality products and is offering 15% off massages throughout October. Call 2988 1188 to book an appointment.


BOX OF HOPE All DB schools

November 6-10

Running from 10am to 10pm, The BIG Picnic features first-rate bands, acoustic vibes and talented dance groups. The much-loved DB institution sees your favourite acts from years past joined by exciting new talent across the Beach Stage, Plaza Stage, Acoustic Stage and Dance Stage. There’s a full kids’ zone and the event supports local charities. Head to

October 2017

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After collecting an amazing 27,253 boxes for underprivileged children in 2016, Box of Hope is targeting 29,000 this year. All DB kids need to do, to help those in need in Hong Kong and throughout Asia, is fill a shoe box with new and interesting educational gifts and have it ready when collection week rolls around from November 6 to 10. To get involved, visit




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Throughout DB

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Lock in your spot and get training for one of DB’s top annual events, the DB 10km Run for Charity. The 13th running of the event starts and finishes in Siena Park and registration comes in at HK$350 until October 31. Volunteers are also needed, so head to

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Team FEAR, under the new name Uncle Russ Coffee Adventure Challenge, sees eight- to 18-year-olds run, bike, coasteer, abseil, swim, canoe and rock-scramble in support of Youth Outreach Hong Kong. To secure your child’s spot, head to


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After 20 years specialising in temple art work – including work at the Po Lin Monastery – Tung Chung resident Derek Bailey has moved on to canvas. His paintings are all spiritually based, linking cosmic and other cultures and reflecting his belief that all things are connected in our universe. For more information on the exhibition, call 6857 3677 or visit the Derek Bailey Art Exhibition 2017 Facebook Page.


Registration for next year’s Country of Origin race is now open, with the teamof-three event taking place on April 21, 2018 on the Lantau Trail. Team members must share a nationality, and start, run and finish the race together. Fancy dress is highly encouraged and you can secure your spot at

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Whether it’s the Lantau 2 Peaks on October 1, MoonTrekker on October 13 or the Salomon LT70 on October 28, or all of the above, there is something for every running enthusiast this month. Find out more about three of the year’s biggest races at, and






Celebrating Love.Together@DB on its fifth anniversary


t’s been a big first five years for Love.Together@ DB, the dedicated caring and volunteering platform of Hong Kong Resort Company Ltd (HKR), which has spearheaded a host of initiatives aimed at serving the Discovery Bay community, since its inception in 2012.

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This year marks Love.Together@ DB’s fifth anniversary. It is a time to celebrate the good work the platform has done within DB through the organisation and support of diversified programmes and initiatives, with a special focus on the family, the environment, the arts, sports and the elderly.


“In the past five years, the platform has been proactively supporting and co-organising diversified caring and worthwhile initiatives with NGOs, local groups, community leaders, volunteers and residents to foster the betterment of DB and to promote a loving and caring culture in this sustainable and multicultural community,” an HKR spokesperson says. The many popular Love. Together@DB initiatives include eco tours and green workshops, dog behaviour training activities,

the DB Heart Family Storytelling Programme and DB Family Farm. Through its corporate social responsibility work, Love. Together@DB has partnered with NGOs such as the Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council (NAAC) and the Outlying Islands Women’s Association (OIWA), along with residents, green groups and social enterprises. NAAC has worked particularly closely with Love.Together@ DB, witnessing its good work first hand. “Congratulations to Love.Together@DB on its fifth anniversary,” Henry Yip, a NAAC spokesperson says. “Its excellent efforts have contributed quality services to the community to help build a supportive and inclusive living environment for residents. All these achievements would not have been possible without the dedicated and tireless effort of the members and staff of Love.Together@DB.” A number of DB residents have felt the positive impact of the combined work of Love.Together@ DB and OIWA, with Pauline Ho, who took part in a potted planting workshop for the elderly, full of praise.

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“It felt wonderful to participate in the activities together with my peers and younger members of the DB community,” Pauline says. “The activities taught me how to appreciate the people around me and treasure the wonderful neighbourhood. In my view, Love. Together@DB’s most impressive activities are the recycling projects at DB Plaza and the potted planting workshops in DB North Plaza.” A parent of a participant in the DB Heart Family Storytelling Programme greatly enjoyed the opportunity for family bonding that it offered. “I have enjoyed spending quality time with my daughter through this programme,” Stacy Wong says. “In the past two years, I have seen her growing in various ways and she has had the opportunity to learn English. I have been impressed by the meaningful theme and key message at each session.” Another parent praised the storytelling programme for its role in strengthening the fabric of the DB community: “In this programme, not only can children enjoy the storytelling, but parents can also gather with other families,”

Hiroko Nakao says. “Because of this, even when we are outside of the storytelling session, we are able to recognise other families who we have met during the story club. This helps build bonds between different families within Discovery Bay.” Of course, the good work of Love. Together@DB wouldn’t be possible without its dedicated volunteers, but according to elderly volunteer Michael So, it’s definitely a twoway street. “As a volunteer, I can gain new and special experiences in life,” Michael says. “Thanks to the volunteering opportunities offered by OIWA and Love.Together@DB, my horizons have been broadened. Helping others has made me happier and I feel that in the process of helping others, I have indeed helped myself.”

about building a loving and caring DB,” he says. October is as busy as ever for Love.Together@DB, with the DB Basketball Tournament Community Health Cup taking place on the 22nd, in addition to a number of other ongoing initiatives.

Anyone, who is looking to get involved in the Love.Together@ DB programmes, would like to volunteer, or has a partnership idea, can visit the Love. Together@DB Facebook page, which also features photos and information from past events and programmes.

Win prizes with Love.Together@DB To celebrate its fifth anniversary, Love.Together@DB, in conjunction with Around DB, is offering three readers a limited-edition Discovery Bay passport case, a limited-edition Discovery Bay travel bag and six free ferry tickets. To enter, simply scan the barcode, or go to giveaways, and enter your details into the online form. You have until October 10 to apply.

Likewise, Francis Chiu, chairman of the Steering Committee of Love.Together@DB, has enjoyed volunteering his time over the past five years. “I have been honoured to contribute and implement CSR ideas from the viewpoint of residents, together with the committee members and DB volunteers, who are all passionate October 2017



HERE’S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN PRIZES! Around DB prizes are incredibly easy to get your hands on, and you have until October 10 to apply. Simply scan the barcode, or go to, select the giveaway you want, and enter your details into the online form. Win a maths diagnostic assessment and one week of unlimited trial classes from Mathnasium Mathnasium is offering one reader a free maths diagnostic assessment (valued at HK$250) and one week of unlimited maths classes (valued at over HK$700) at its new DB centre. The winner will also receive a bundle of freebies, including school stationery and a Mathnasium t-shirt.

Win three adult Mandarin classes from Zhizhi Chinese Education Zhizhi Chinese Education is offering five readers three adult Mandarin classes (valued at HK$1,200).

Mathnasium teaches maths in a way that makes sense! The instructors make it their top priority to provide children with a solid foundation, maths and children learn to enjoy the subject as their skills and understanding improve. To schedule a free assessment and free trial, call 2628 3362 or email

Now open in DB, Zhizhi Chinese Education is a professional Chineselanguage institute, for children and adults, led by bilingual, international-school educator Debbie Tai. Courses include Chinese Homework and Enrichment Club for kids, and Chinese Breakfast Club for adult learners. To find out more, visit

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Head to Toe Spa, newly opened in DB, is offering two readers a 60-minute body massage (worth HK$450). Head to Toe Spa is the newest venture by local DB business Nailed It!, which is well-known for its expert artificial nail services and nail art design. Nailed It! is respected for its professional services and quality products, and now brings this standard to its massages. L/G, Unit 8, Block 2, DB North Plaza; to make a booking, call 2987 2266.

ABA Productions is offering one reader four A-reserve tickets (worth HK$435) to see Emily Brown and the Thing, as part of KidsFest! 2018 on January 19 at 5pm at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wanchai.

Join Emily Brown and her grey rabbit Stanley as they embark on a series of adventures to pacify the ‘Thing’ crying outside her window. This magical, musical show is based on the well-loved children’s book by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton. For tickets, starting at HK$195, visit

Congratulations to last month’s winners Geet Jadhwani for Faust International Youth Theatre’s Play in a Day programme; Mary Ann De Silva, Rhian Harley and Sarah Bailey for ABBA Mania; Vincent Chan, Lauren de Jager and Ilona Kazimirko for The Naked Magicians; Robert Garrett for Guess How Much I Love You; and Tania Gutteridge for a year’s DB Pirates’ membership.


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John Agusto Rocha spreading the word about Portuguese and Macanese heritage cooking

October 2017


Sharing the love

Turning in his power suit for an apron, DB's John Agusto Rocha has reinvented himself as a cooking instructor and Macanese cuisine evangelist. Elizabeth Kerr reports


ohn Agusto Rocha is a walking conundrum. “I’m Eurasian but I don’t know how to speak Portuguese,” begins the Hong Kong-born, selftaught cooking instructor of Chinese and Portuguese descent. “I don’t know how to use chopsticks. I don’t cook Chinese very well. I don’t have a wok at home. I do modern Chinese, to which my mother says, ‘This is not Chinese,’” he admits with a self-aware chuckle. But he’s forgiven for those minor lapses. After all, John’s on a mission to spread the good word about that other Mediterranean cuisine, and help Macanese food secure a place in the culinary canon. The blogger and, as of seven months ago, teacher is perched on a stool in Joyce Chow’s The Cooking Alley in Quarry Bay. He looks in his element. A tiny bit of grey graces the temple but the otherwise youthful chef lounges (as easefully as is humanly possible), surrounded by stainless steel workbenches, industrial freezers and chicken breasts. If he’s itching to mince the peeled garlic in a nearby bowl, he doesn’t show it. Beyond home cooking

After a career in corporate marketing and brand management, and as the boss of his own business, John heeded his gastronomic calling two years ago, ditching a brief semi-retirement. “I thought I wanted to enjoy my

life, travel, but I didn’t want to look like one of ‘those’ types. Facebook can be a bit showy,” he notes, referring to obnoxious social media presences who add nothing to the conversation. “Then I thought why not do something different? I wanted to investigate my background, so I decided to do a family tree, but not just with a list of names. Why not use food to connect all my lost relatives?”

“A lot of people say once you go to DB, there’s no going back. I love it, and I didn’t think I would,” John says. “It’s just so different from Hong Kong. I enjoy going to the island for a night of shopping and dining, and everything is so busy, but once you get to the pier it’s like going someplace else.” He likes the fact that regular supermarket staff and bus drivers will drop a quick hello. “DB is different like that.”

Though the relatives turned out to be less enthusiastic than John, the idea did kick off a project on Portuguese and Macanese heritage cooking. His Facebook page and blog share recipes, history and food anecdotes, while pointing out that food, wine and people go together naturally and always have. “You can’t separate them,” he says. “I want to tell people in Hong Kong that we’re overlooking the very basic pleasures of food.”

Hail to the chef

That’s something John hopes to convey in the book he has planned for 2018. “You don’t need to go to a fancy restaurant all the time. A nice fish shared with friends or family is perfect. That’s the message I want to convey in my book,” he says. “Sharing is loving.”

In seven months, John’s taught 80 classes in four locations (like The Cooking Alley), in English and Chinese, for corporate and consumer learners. And he likes to keep it simple. Conjuring up recipes he learnt from his avo (grandmother), John’s philosophy is if you can’t duplicate it at home – in 30 minutes – he’s failed. A story about trying to master a Swiss roll ends with a hearty eye roll and dismissive wave.

Sharing is one of the reasons John’s been living in Discovery Bay for the past 10 years – sharing and two elderly dogs. A long stretch in Central’s rat race got to be too much a decade ago and he decided to “take it down a notch” by selling his business and making the move.

Since John’s blog was such a hit, cooking classes were the logical next step. Now his work takes him around the city spreading Portuguese food love. “I don’t know why it’s been overlooked,” John says. “I’m a bookworm, and the more I look into it, I’m noticing Portuguese cuisine isn’t getting any recognition as a Mediterranean cuisine.”

John wants his students and Facebook fans to enjoy themselves and happily tweaks his traditional Slap bass player for The Triplejacks, Chris Parker concoctions with local tastes,  October 2017



ingredients and schedules in mind. “Portuguese people love gatherings. They’ll find any excuse to have a party,” he stresses. “I’ve always believed that if you need to spend three or four hours making dinner, you may as well spend your money at a restaurant. Home cooking is all about enjoyment.” Enjoyment begs the question of alternatives for John. When he’s not working, he’s relaxing with his dogs, learning Portuguese, or dining with friends. Portuguesestyle suckling pig is a favourite. “I like the whole idea of it – from the way it’s prepared to the moment it’s served. It’s got that sharing message. It’s made with just salt, parsley, black pepper and lard. That’s it. The skin is paper-thin crispy.”

John travels too, frequently to Bangkok, a favourite for its adventurousness and receptiveness to new ideas. And is it Babette’s Feast or Eat Drink Man Woman at the top of his food movie list? Julia Roberts’ pasta adventure in Eat Pray Love is up there, as is (no surprise) food blogger biopic Julie and Julia. And it was a Japanese television series, The Emperor’s Cook, which originally inspired the Macanese heritage cooking project.

If all goes well with the forthcoming book, volume two will feature more “creative cooking” – like tom yam risotto – and of course vanishing Macanese specialities. “I fear that in 20 years Macanese cuisine will be gone, so at least I’ll have a record. My book will be out there,” John finishes with a shrug while pondering the future beyond the next class. “I don’t know where this will take me but life is short. You can’t be too rational sometimes.”

Ten-year DB resident John Agusto Rocha hosts Macanese/ Portuguese cooking classes across Hong Kong, and each week at The Cooking Alley in Quarry Bay (3168 6868). He shares recipes on his Facebook blog (@eufoodjourney), and you can follow him on Instagram (@eurasianfoodjourney). To try out some of his recipes, turn to page 61.

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Samantha Wong looks to Bupa for advice on how you can best help those around you live a more comfortable life after a cancer diagnosis



ccording to the World Health Organisation, there are approximately 14 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths each year – a figure expected to rise by around 70% by 2030.

support them through this difficult time. This October, to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we focus on the best ways to help a friend or loved one who’s been diagnosed with cancer.

People with cancer can feel extremely isolated, particularly when those around them don’t know how to cope with seeing them in pain. And if you have a friend or loved one who has been diagnosed with cancer, you may feel helpless. While everyone is individual and deals with cancer in their own way, there are many ways in which you can

Katerina Kadkova, oncology clinical lead nurse at Bupa, opens by saying: “Sometimes we don’t know how to talk or act when a loved one is unwell, potentially creating awkward situations. Maybe we assume that they won’t want to talk about their diagnosis, but in fact, this could be exactly what they need. Each person is different – talk to

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them. Don’t be afraid to talk to them about cancer.” Joy Juliano-Holmes, a DB resident of eight years, who was diagnosed with Stage 2A breast cancer in September 2016, speaks of the disease as a journey. “There are lessons to be learnt, and relationships to be appreciated,” she says. Joy, a flight attendant for Cathay Pacific, underwent a lumpectomy upon diagnosis; her chemotherapy and radiation treatments finished in April this year. “The most important tool that my family had is patience,” says Joy. “Physically, I was OK but very much

challenged by my emotions. I was at my worst, I think. I would snap over little things and I mean little things. My husband showed tremendous support by asking that I spare everyone else and just take it out on him. He also helped me explain what was going on to our kids.” When all is said and done, a loved one with cancer needs to know you are there for them. “They will find great comfort in knowing you are there to listen to them when they need you,” Katrina says. “You can also talk about future plans, giving them something to look forward to and helping them focus on things that bring them joy.” Provide proactive support One of the most frustrating things about cancer is that it wears people down and lessens their ability to do things they once found easy or enjoyable. To ease this burden, simply offer your help – with the housework, grocery shopping or whatever needs doing. Joy is quick to acknowledge the support she gained from her helpers – both practical and spiritual. “My helpers were a great help as they did what was expected of them – like meal preparation and making sure our flat was germand bacteria-free – but there was a lot more to it than that,” she says. “They constantly included me in their prayers and they involved others from our church in Tung Chung too. They became my prayer warriors here in Hong Kong.” Another hands-on way to show loved ones that you’re there for them is to go with them to medical appointments. “It can be hard to pick up everything the doctor is

saying, and medical appointments and treatment can be particularly stressful after cancer diagnosis,” says Katrina. “Having a friend or family member’s support at these times can be a great help.” Joy’s mother, who came over from the US on learning of her daughter’s diagnosis, was able to give Joy exactly this type of support. “My

for you to find out about support groups and programmes available locally. “Meeting other people with cancer – and being inspired by those who have beaten the disease – can be extremely valuable to people undergoing treatment,” says Katrina. Place a focus on diet Food can be a complex issue for those living with and beyond cancer as treatment can cause nausea, reduce appetite and affect the taste buds. People receiving treatment are often unsure what the best diet is for them, and their friends and family are hesitant about what they can do to help. “A healthy, balanced diet can help reduce the risk of becoming unwell again and helps retain fitness for treatment,” opens Bupa health coach/ dietician Rachael Eden. “It can, however, be very difficult to maintain the right diet, especially when it feels like food has lost all of the enjoyment.”

Staying hydrated and maintaining muscle tissue Joy Juliano-Holmes, an eight-year DB resident, with enough fluids, calories underwent treatment for Stage 2A breast cancer and nutrients can have a from September 2016 to April this year number of benefits. It can reduce treatment delays, mum accompanied me to doctor’s boost the immune system and help visits, laboratory works and chemo minimise debilitating side effects, sessions,” Joy says. “She was my such as fatigue. constant companion. Explaining that she was fortunate “My siblings from the US and the in experiencing few side effects Philippines gave me a surprise visit during chemotherapy, particularly and stayed for my last round of in relation to her diet, Joy says: “My chemo,” Joy adds. “That was pure doctor’s main concern was for me joy for me!” not to lose weight so I’d be strong enough to fight the side effects of Establishing a relationship with chemo. It did affect my appetite in your loved one’s doctors and the very beginning but after the first nurses, will also make it easier week or so my appetite was really  October 2017



good. I can compare it to when I was pregnant! My oncologist said I could eat anything other than raw food or fruit still in its skin.” Cancer treatment makes eating big meals difficult for many, so Rachael suggests you prepare smaller meals packed with food high in calories. “Soup can be an easy meal, and you can boost energy intake by including meats, such as bacon or chicken; add some plain noodles or croutons and have cheese on toast as a side. Nutrientdense foods, such as avocado and some seeds, grains or nuts, help keep strength up.” Make mealtimes enjoyable Some people undergoing cancer treatment find that foods can taste too strong or metallic, something Joy experienced in the first few weeks of treatment. This is because the spread of chemotherapy drugs during treatment can damage taste receptors and cause taste changes. “Red meats are more prone to tasting metallic, so stick to serving white meat,” Rachael says. “Try cooking the meat in sweet tasting condiments, like sweet-and-sour sauce or even vinegar. Use plastic rather than metallic cutlery, and note that cold or chilled foods tend to taste better than foods which are warm or hot.” Nausea is another common issue for people undergoing cancer treatment, and a practical solution is to use an extractor fan when cooking to help eliminate aromas. Plain tasting foods, like mashed potatoes and noodles, tend to be

easiest to stomach, and you can try adding some vegetables or white meat for a more substantial meal. When preparing mashed potatoes, Rachael suggests you use whole milk boosted with milk powder to increase the calorie intake. “Fizzy drinks can also help with the nausea and are high in sugar content, which can temporarily boost energy levels.

“Although it’s tough, it’s important to help loved ones maintain a regular eating pattern, even if it’s just eating a handful of crisps or nuts during the day,” Rachael concludes. “Ask them what they feel able to eat and try to make mealtimes as enjoyable as possible. After all, food is meant to be a basic pleasure for all of us.”

Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month Pink is the colour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the annual global campaign that takes place every October to raise awareness of breast cancer. Hong Kong Cancer Fund (HKCF) leads the way locally, encouraging everyone to take part in its Pink Revolution. On Dress Pink Day (October 27) organisations, groups and individuals are invited to dress, party and play in pink! All donations raised go towards HKCF’s breast cancer care services that help patients and families live with, through and beyond breast cancer. For as little as HK$120, participants


can sponsor a Pink Recovery Pack, which is sent to the bedsides of breast cancer patients who have just undergone surgery. Throughout October, you are also invited to Shop for Pink. Almost 30 well-known retailers, including Calvin Klein, Pandora, and Pizza Express, are supporting Pink Revolution with exclusive offers. Part of the sales proceeds go towards HKCF’s free breast cancer services. To get involved in either Dress Pink Day or Shop for Pink, visit

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Wicked! There’s more to Halloween than a candy fest with kids dressing up as ghouls and goblins. Trisha Hughes gets ready to celebrate the Day of the Dead

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icture this. A bright moon is rising between layers of heavy black cloud illuminating trembling trees that loom out of the darkness, their branches reaching into the sky like stripped bones. There’s a penetrating chill in the air and a profound sense of foreboding permeates the gloom as figures lurk in the shadows around the edges of buildings. In the distance, a cat hisses as it skitters nervously away to hide in the safety and darkness of nearby bushes. It is a night when the natural world is forced to confront the powers of the supernatural. No, we are not watching a Stephen King movie. We’re in DB and I’m getting into the swing of things with Halloween fast approaching. Homes and golf buggies are being decorated; Fusion and Wellcome are full of cobwebs, skeletons and carved pumpkins, and there is excitement in the air as children chatter eagerly about their costumes. All Hallows’ Eve When we think of Halloween our minds conjure up images of ghosts, witches, vampires and monsters. On October 31, you can hardly walk through the plaza or along Headland Drive without bumping into a bloodsucking vampire, a zombie or a witch riding a broomstick. Hollywood and literature have crafted versions of these creatures for us but like many fantastic characters of myth and lore, they have a basis in reality.

Halloween has been called many names through the centuries. The original word ‘Hallowe’en’ actually means ‘hallowed evening’ and the last day of October has also been called All Hallows’ Eve, Day of the Dead, All Saints’ Eve and Samhain (Summer’s End). For centuries it’s been considered one of the most magical nights of the year. It’s a night of supernatural power when we are meant to believe the veil that separates our world from the otherworld is at its thinnest and I, for one, have always been more than a little wary about celebrating the Day of the Dead. Even the air feels different on Halloween. Being a superstitious woman of Irish descent who avoids black cats, walking under ladders and putting umbrellas up inside the house, I believe October 31 involves so much more than knocking on strangers’ doors asking for candy and chocolate. Not that I’m saying there’s anything wrong with chocolate. After eating chocolate, I personally feel godlike. Bring forth the chocolates, I say. But there is much more to Halloween than trick or treating.

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a night when the dead could cross the veils and physically return to the land of the living to celebrate with their family or clan. As such, burial mounds were lit at midnight, with torches lining crumbling walls, so that the spirits of the dead could find their way in the darkness. Out of this ancient tradition comes one of our most famous icons of the holiday: the Jack-o-lantern. The Jack-o-lantern was used as a light for the lost soul of Jack, a notorious trickster, stuck between worlds. Jack is said to have tricked the devil into the trunk of a tree by carving an image of a cross on it. He successfully trapped the devil but after already having been denied access to Heaven, and then having also angered the devil in Hell, Jack became a lost soul. As a consolation, the devil gave him a sole ember to light his way through the darkness between worlds. 

Day of the Dead Today, we have lost the significance of this most meaningful celebration but the Celts believed that the normal laws of space and time were held in abeyance at Samhain, allowing a window to open where the spirit world could intermingle with the living. Many believed it was October 2017



Originally, Celts placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to help guide Jack’s lost spirit back home. Hence the term: Jack-o-lanterns. Later, when immigrants came to the new world, pumpkins were more readily available, and so carvedout pumpkins holding a lit candle served the same function.

uncomfortable and inconvenient of all the seasons. Even in modern Britain, it is the time when the clocks go back and the night rushes early into the afternoon. Halloween was the feast that prefaced months of darkness, cold, hunger and the physical illnesses consequent of all of those.

Summer’s End

What was coming was the season of death – not just of leaves, flowers and light, but of humans, as more would perish in the winter and early spring than at any other time of year. That was why Halloween was widely regarded as the time when the spirits of darkness and fear, the evil and malevolent forces of nature, were let loose upon the earth.

In one sense, Halloween was a celebration of plenty and homecoming. It was harvest time and people would have been well fed after the bountiful summer and autumn seasons and they would have gathered in their homes after long days spent working in the fields. The harvest was stored in the barns and the flocks would have been driven in from the summer pastures in preparation. Traders, sailors and people with skills to offer journeyed home for the celebrations. Halloween was a time for reunions, stories, the settlement of disputes and the learning of lessons to be applied in the next year. More than anything, it was a time for relaxation. In medieval Ireland, local kings were said to hold a feast at their royal halls for a week before and after Samhain, for all these purposes.

Happy Halloween! People reacted to this forbidding prospect in two different ways. In ancient times, Halloween was the festival of prophecy in which people gathered together and most frequently tried to predict the future. In pre-modern times, the

There was, however, the other face of the festival. It ushered in winter, the most frightening,

prediction most often sought was who would live through the winter. Bonfires were lit for protection and torches carried around homes and fields sun-wise, from east to west. The flames, smoke and even the ashes were deemed to have protective and cleansing powers. Another reaction was to mock darkness and fear by singing songs about spirits and lighting candles on the graves of the dead. In the 16th century, people began going from house to house impersonating the souls of the dead. They recited verses or songs and received offerings on their behalf, usually a small round cake called a soul cake. For me, there is magic in a night when pumpkins glow by moonlight. Instead of a terrifying night spent watching fearfully out of windows for movement while bonfires burned brightly, Halloween has become a joyous holiday for families to get together and have a bit of fun by dressing up as ghosts and goblins and wandering the streets with friends. Halloween heralds hocus pocus, spell making and the telling of creepy stories; it’s a night to eat, drink and be scary. Even anticipating the festival makes me feel as happy as a witch in a broom factory. Happy Halloween everyone!

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Harrow International School Hong Kong – developing the world leaders of tomorrow “They’re just a joy to be around. There is a real growth mindset in this community.”

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When it opened in 2012, Harrow Hong Kong was the first international boarding and day school in the territory. “It is already a great school and I want to make it greater,” Ann says. “It’s about looking at what we can do better to make sure we can get the very best out of all of our boys and girls and that they are all fulfilling their potential.”



rmed with decades of leadership experience and a passion for working with young people, Ann Haydon is already making her mark just a month into her new role as Head of Harrow International School Hong Kong. Having built a career at top performing UK schools, Ann is settling in well to the school community. “The children are fantastic, they are intellectually curious, charming, considerate, passionate and aspirational,” Ann says.

Located in a magnificent crescentshaped building with specialist facilities near the Gold Coast in Tuen Mun, Harrow Hong Kong has a combined roll of approximately 1,200 pupils aged three to 18 years. It aspires to give each and every one of its students an allround education to prepare them for the future, with leadership being the foundation upon which this is built. “It is a key element to a Harrow education,” Ann says. “Our motto is ‘Leadership for a better world’ and I think all our young people need to have leadership qualities as they go out into the world. Some of them will go on to have their own businesses and be leaders in their own right. They will be leading teams; they will be working as part of teams. “I often say employers are looking for recruits with a good, strong academic background, but

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they are also looking for people who are team players, decision makers, can think strategically and creatively, are flexible, adaptable and resilient, and have a positive attitude to work,” Ann adds. “I think all those qualities are evident in leaders and we are mindful of this, as well as ensuring that our pupils are self-aware, know their own strengths and know when to draw on other people and utilise their talents.”

We say leadership is a Harrovian quality and former Harrovians, such as Winston Churchill and King Hussein of Jordan, have made significant decisions at points of history The school’s leadership attributes are contributing positively to the community, applying knowledge with compassion, solving problems collaboratively and creatively, making fair and just choices, and facing challenges with determination. “We say leadership is a Harrovian quality and former Harrovians, such as Winston Churchill and King Hussein of Jordan, have made significant decisions at

points of history. The ability to lead is something that is embedded in a Harrovian education. It’s part of our DNA,” Ann says. Ann is excited by the prospect of putting in place the leadership values she has acquired throughout her career, and is driven by the sense of fulfilment she gets out of working with students. “What’s better than working with young people, they’re energising and they’re a constant source of joy,” she says. “I want to make sure our children have a good experience, that they’re happy and successful. Their happiness is really important to me. “If I reflect on my own journey, it’s been a very satisfying, fulfilling and enjoyable one. My career has moved through middle leadership positions to senior leadership, and this is my second headship. I come from having 10 years’ experience as a Head at one of the top performing schools in London.” During her time as Head at Surbiton High School, Ann and her team won the Independent Schools Awards’ Outstanding Senior Leadership Team of the Year in 2012, one of a number of accolades she has collected along the way. She is also involved with the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, which features some of the world’s top schools and of which Harrow is the only Hong Kong school to become an international member. “My leadership style tends to be collaborative but over time I have become aware that you have to make a judgement on which leadership style you exercise at certain times,” Ann says. “Sometimes you can be collaborative and sometimes distributive. Sometimes you need to be directive – it’s about knowing which leadership style to use in different situations.”

The school hosts regular open mornings so that prospective parents can experience the school at work first hand. “We want people to see us as we are – people can tour the school, go into lessons and see our children working on a normal daily basis,” Ann says. The 2016/17 school year again meant outstanding results for Harrow Hong Kong, with A-Level results seeing 35% of grades being an A* and almost 90% an A* or A. GCSE results saw the 87

Year-11 pupils achieve 499 A* grades and 228 A grades, a total of 83% at A or better. “We are a school which is committed to an all-round education so yes our children get stunning academic results, some of the best results in Hong Kong,” Ann says. “But they also enjoy sport, music and drama, and they are really keen to support those less fortunate than themselves. Harrovians are delightful and engaging young people.”

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BAYWATCH From humble beginnings in 2002, Around DB has grown into a vital cog in the Discovery Bay community and a monthly staple among residents. Henry Benjamin reports


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s Around DB celebrates its 15th anniversary, there are plenty of highlights, the odd challenge and no shortage of fun and games to look back on. After starting off as Inside DB, a brief change of ownership led to the new title, and Around DB continues to be a reliable and vibrant source of information for all DBers.


The Bay Media Group umbrella grew to include Life on Lantau in 2015 and has undergone a number of exciting developments in recent months as the company moves into the online, design and publishing world. Starting out The brainchild of publisher Corinne Jedwood, Inside DB first hit the shelves in October 2002 after Corinne saw the need for a community-based publication that would highlight local triumphs and concerns and promote local businesses and events. “When I arrived in Discovery Bay, I heard that people were organising events for the community and wanted to advertise them, so I decided to help,” Corinne says. “I started to promote all of these things at Fusion, but I thought there must be a better way. I started with a simple newsletter and it grew from there.”

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It was hard graft in the early days, with Corinne undertaking the majority of the work herself but the publication was an immediate success. In fact, Inside DB was a trailblazer of sorts in Hong Kong, the first of its type in the territory. “The whole concept of community magazines in Hong Kong started with Inside DB. I actually got two articles in the SCMP,” Corinne says. It was in 2006 that the portfolio first started to grow, with Corinne identifying a need for an Englishlanguage real-estate magazine and website in Hong Kong. Squarefoot was launched in 2006 and continues to be a leading player in the real-estate market.

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“No-one had thought of it; there was nothing for expats in English at the time. If you wanted to find a flat you would go from one realestate agent to another throughout Hong Kong,” Corinne says. “2006 was a big milestone because suddenly the Inside DB office, in one of the flats at DB Plaza, had 30 people working in it,” she adds. “It was really exciting.” The mini-boom was short-lived, however, with Corinne deciding to sell Squarefoot in 2007 at a time when she needed to dedicate more energy to her personal life.

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Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp seized the opportunity, with Inside DB also bundled into the deal. While under News Corp’s guidance, Rachel Ainsley (managing editor) and Lissa Morris (sales manager) were charged with keeping Inside DB afloat, but the harsh reality was that Squarefoot was the priority and News Corp marginalised Inside DB, failing to provide the necessary resources.

because that was my contract with News Corp and in June 2011, I resurrected Around DB from the ashes of Inside DB. I was able to bring the team back together, so it was the four of us again: myself, Lissa, Rachel and graphic designer Terry Chow.”

“Within a year or so all the original employees, apart from Lissa, had left the company,” Corinne says. “Lissa called me and said please come back! I waited three years

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New direction Managing editor of Inside DB and Squarefoot since 2006, Rachel has seen Bay Media Group come a long way in her 11 years on the job. “The time with News Corp was a bit of a rollercoaster ride but I jumped at the chance to get back on board 

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with the launch of Around DB,” she says. “It never ceases to amaze me that even though DB is such a small community, I’m never short of interesting stories to cover. There is always so much to write about, so many inspiring and driven people to feature. Of course, the addition of Life on Lantau in 2015 has only added to that as we can now cast our net island-wide. “Around DB continues to evolve and go from strength to strength, and to that I owe a real debt to my DB-based writers,” Rachel adds. “Through our human interest stories and articles promoting resident-driven events and causes, I believe we help bind the community together and I’m proud of that. If we stir things up a little on occasion, that’s no bad thing either.” There have been many brilliant minds that have contributed to the success of Around DB over the years, with photographer Baljit Gidwani one person in particular who continues to have a huge impact on the magazine. Corinne describes the current team as “very varied,” with experienced heads meshing with exuberant youthful ones. While Rachel is supported editorially by Sam Agars, Andrew Spires joined the company in 2016 as senior graphic designer. Connie Cottam and Monika Carruthers now ably drive the sales and advertising, and as special publications and online editor Claire Severn is supported by digital and sales assistant Patricia Jover, and interns Katrina Mercado and James Allen. Maxine Parry is office manager. “We have a few millennials in our company now and they are helping a lot because they understand social media so well,” Corinne says.

Expanding horizons A major new development for Bay Media Group is the sleek Around DB and Life on Lantau website, which provides a treasure trove of useful information for the community. Relaunched in July this year, under Claire’s watchful eye, the all-new offers a unique and streamlined user experience. "I'm extremely proud of the new Around DB and Life on Lantau website, which re-launched this summer after months of careful planning,” Claire says. “Our aim was to provide the community with a one-stop shop for everything they need to know about Lantau life, in an easy-to-use format. “An extension of the monthly magazines, the site is updated every day with all the latest news, events and exclusive giveaways, and it’s the go-to place for finding local business contacts and the latest hot property picks,” Claire adds. “Whatever you need to know about DB, is the place to find it!" While Bay Media Group now also offers a social-media management service for companies looking to increase their online profile, Claire’s online role has expanded to include special publications editing. Publications currently in the works include Journey to Profitability by Igor Pistelak and Elizabeth Sale, and Bay Media Group’s own in-house listings guide, The Best of Lantau (out now for 2017/ 2018). “We were always being asked to expand our services to the community by providing companies


with additional support, and helping authors publish their books, so we decided to open the Bay Media Publishing and Design Studio in May this year,” Corinne explains. Headed up by Andrew Spires, the Bay Media Publishing and Design Studio ensures the company stays ahead of the pack in an everchanging media landscape, and it handles anything from books, brochures, flyers and websites to logos and branding. “I've worked in different design roles over the years, but none as varied and exciting as this,” Andrew says. “It's great to be able to work with local small companies to really drive their business forward through professional design. Our clients range from fashion and retail through to the banking and pharmaceutical industries. We work really closely with clients to get them a product that is on time, on brand and on budget. “Bay Media Publishing and Design Studio prides itself on its customer care and service,” Andrew concludes. “We want people to enjoy the experience then fall in love with the final product.”

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ccording to the Family Health Department, up to 80% of new mothers in Hong Kong are affected by the ‘baby blues’. Characterised by mood swings, tearfulness and irritability, this temporary state is caused by hormonal fluctuations on the third or fourth day following birth, and is usually nothing more than a passing blip. But for up to 20% of new mums, this low mood persists, becoming the longer-term, and potentially far more serious, postnatal (postpartum) depression. Prenatal (antenatal) depression, is thought to affect up to 25% of women during pregnancy, with some studies showing even higher numbers. But despite the widespread acknowledgement of both pre- and postnatal depression within the medical community, the baby blues still carry a stigma. Expectant and new mothers are shocked to find themselves unhappy around their long-anticipated ‘bundles of joy,’ and many don’t seek treatment. Pregnancy woes Sofie Jacobs, founder and head midwife of Hong Kong-wide

midwifery service Urban Hatch regularly sees expectant mothers suffering from prenatal depression – a condition that is rarely discussed, but that she believes is vital to highlight. “While pregnancy is automatically associated with joy, for many women and their partners, it can also mean financial worries, changes to the relationship, and physical discomfort, not to mention issues arising from a previous traumatic birth, miscarriage, or infertility,” Sofie says. “All of these can be triggers to antenatal depression.” Sofie believes that, in order to shed some of this stigma, the more negative aspects of pregnancy and birth must be openly discussed. “We need to get the word out there that pregnancy doesn’t always mean happiness, and that it is ok for women (and men) to talk openly about it and seek support.” Sofie is also quick to point out that as with any form of clinical depression, antenatal depression can be treated – usually via psychological treatment, sometimes combined with medication.

Birth traumas DB-based doula and birth educator Cathee Jackson works with mothers to assist with a positive delivery, and believes that experiencing a traumatic birth can have a significant impact on a new mother’s mental health. “There is a cultural pressure to think that a healthy baby is all that matters, and how a baby arrives is not important and that isn’t true,” she says. “Both parents’ feelings are valid. So getting support, and being able to come to terms with each unique birthing experience is important.” When it comes to obtaining that support, Cathee stresses the importance of starting close to home and expanding your network outwards. “First and foremost, being supported by friends and family is key,” she says. “Family is so important in offering physical support, for example, helping to care for the baby while the mother rests, and providing emotional support. Friends in a similar situation can also be a great support, but on the other hand, this can sometimes lead to comparisons and one-upmanship – even without meaning to.”  October 2017



Cathee recommends that mums, who experience persistent mood swings after their confinement look to professionals for support. “External bodies, like local or online support groups can be helpful and there are options of medication for things like sleep support,” she says. “It’s important for mums to discuss things with their GP. Doctors can prescribe antidepressants or anxiety medication if necessary, and they can also refer patients on for therapy treatments.” Transitioning to parenthood Psychologist Dr Quratulain Zaidi of Central’s Mind N Life practice has many years’ experience working with mothers suffering from postnatal depression, and she believes that it’s high time we were more open about both the positive and the negative sides of parenthood. “We’re conditioned to believe that, right from the moment of birth, a new mum is supposed to feel nothing but joy when she looks at her baby. This makes it so much harder to speak out about feeling afraid, overwhelmed or isolated, despite these feelings actually being incredibly common.” So why is there such a code of silence around these issues? Dr Zaidi explains: “Sadly, there is still such a stigma that surrounds both depression and also the struggle that many new mothers face – we’re all meant to be experts from day one! But the reality is that new parents are bombarded with so many lifechanging situations as soon as they have a baby; from the loss of their old identity and the acceptance of their new role, to the seismic overnight

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Dr Zaidi suggests that expectant parents try to face these issues head-on, working together to ensure there is a clear line of communication, as well as coming up with common strategies to deal with everything from visitors to night feeds. “Try to ensure that you are on the same page before the baby arrives,” she says. “It’s always easier to manage problems and resolve

With a toolkit that encompasses a solid support network and easy access to professional help where required, all three of our experts are hopeful that new mothers can get the support they need to settle into their new, 24/7 job.

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1. Get lost in Habana Vieja UNESCO World Heritage Site Habana Vieja, the atmospheric old town, is the most visited spot in the city. Walk through its streets and you’ll feel like you’ve entered a time warp – the country was largely cut off from the outside world from 1959 (after the Cuban Revolution) to 2014, when former US President Barack Obama reopened international relations. In any given alley, you’ll find old ladies people-watching from crumbing Spanish-colonial balconies, kids playing soccer, dogs barking and bands playing.

2. Drink Hemingway-approved Mojitos Cubans take their rum seriously, and you’ll be offered a Mojito or Cuba Libre (Rum and Coke) just about everywhere you go. Why not follow in Ernest Hemingway’s footsteps, and check out two of his favourite bars – La Floridita and La Bodeguita del Medio.

3. Visit Habana Catedral Dominated by two asymmetrical towers and framed by an ornate coral facade, Habana Catedral is a fine example of Baroque architecture. In the grandiose, light-filled interior, you’ll spot many paintings and frescoes you recognise – copies of original works found in cathedrals and museums worldwide.

4. Dance salsa on the street You won’t have to look far for free entertainment during your stay in Havana – simply follow the music until you reach a crowd of locals showing off their dancing skills. Find a partner and dance to the lively reggaeton (LatinCaribbean music). Afraid you have two left feet? Just let the rhythm lead you.

5. Stay at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba No trip to Havana is complete without a nostalgic stay at Hotel Nacional de Cuba. Opened in 1930, when the country was a prime travel destination for the world’s elite, Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Marlon Brando and even the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were among its early clientele. While the hotel no longer carries the clout it once did, its Art Deco interior still oozes old-world glamour.

6. Flag down a vintage taxi Havana is awash with colourful, classic cars, which the locals use to ferry tourists from point to point. This makes for a fabulous taxi ride but be sure to buckle up – these vehicles are 1950s-vintage and Cubans drive fast. 

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7. Stroll along the Malecón Stretching 8 kilometres along the coast from the mouth of Havana Harbour, the Malecón is the city’s most soulful boulevard, where the locals come to meet, greet, date and debate. Visit in the early evening, when the sunset casts an orange glow over the bay, before spilling over the sea wall and illuminating all the action.

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9. Brush up on your Cuban history

As you stroll through Habana Vieja, vendors try to sell you pre-1960s books, musicians serenade you, kids play and Latino music blares. On every street corner, you’ll find groups of men playing chess or dominos – get chatting and they’re more than likely to invite you to a game.

Visit the Museo de la Revolución for exhibits devoted to the Cuban Revolution that saw the advent of communist rule. Formerly the Presidential Palace, the museum provides a good introduction to Cuban history, past and present. The Granma Memorial, close by, houses the yacht that transported 82 revolutionaries (including the Castro brothers and Che Guevara) from Mexico to Cuba in November 1956.

10. Party the night away Cubans love to party, and Havana’s bars, tango houses and nightclubs stay open into the early hours. Vedado, in the Central Business District, has every kind of dance venue you could dream of, and you’re guaranteed a good time, whether you are into salsa and Latino, R&B, hip-hop or rock.

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

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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

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

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES Action X, North Plaza GigaSports Little Whale, North Plaza Nomadic

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The Beat

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


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

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 Private Client Wealth Management Tel: 2914 0388

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To add your own directory listing box, call the Bay Media office on: 2987 0577 or email DRS Company d-clutter Good Luck Engineering Hoi Yu Transportation Hung Kee Co Interior 18 Japan Home Centre May’s furniture & curtain design Next Furniture Rapee-living Rich Point Hardware Materials Tactful Design & Build Tai Fat Hardware Store Wing On Department Store Yours Electrical Centre


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

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

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Tree of Joy

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

Bank of China HSBC Luen Fat Securities Co. Ltd

Bookazine Fotomax (F.E.) Ltd

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

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

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

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

22º North Auberge Discovery Bay (Hotel), North Plaza Café Bord de Mer & Lounge Café Duvet Caffe Pascucci Cali-Mex Coyote Mexican Cantina Chef’s Choice, North Plaza Ebeneezer’s

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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

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Mirch Masala, North Plaza

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Moofish, North Plaza

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Nevale Kitchen, North Plaza

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DB Golf Cart Services

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Pacific Coffee

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DB Transit Services

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M Spa

Paisano’s, North Plaza

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DB Transportation Services

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Peony Chinese Restaurant

2500 1950

Pizza Express

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Salt & Pepper

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


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


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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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24-hour Customer Service Hotline China Light & Power Emergency China Light & Power Information Line Discovery Bay Commercial Services Discovery Bay Fire & Ambulance Discovery Bay Management Discovery Bay Office Centre Discovery Bay Post Office Gas Leakage Emergency Hotline Lantau North Report Room North Lantau Hospital San Hing Gas Co Typhoon Signal Enquiries

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

Greenwich Vinyasa

Greenwich specialises in yoga and kickboxing classes designed for kids, women, men and seniors. No package, no joining fee system. 9685 8366,

EpicLand GigaSports Yoga Up

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TRANSPORT SERVICES Bo Bo House Little Whale, North Plaza Toysland

Water Fault Reports Water Supplies Department

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

Nailed It: 2987 2266 Head to Toe: 2988 1188 Afflatus Hair Workshop, North Plaza Maximum Care Nest Care, North Plaza OT&P Healthcare Salon De Coiffure

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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

SOCIAL, SPORTS & EQUIPMENT Action X, North Plaza Club Siena DBees Ice Hockey DB Pirates Rugby Football Club Discovery Bay Marina Club Discovery Bay Golf Club


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TOYS & KIDS’ PARTIES Discovery Bay Recreation Club Embody

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B: Dogs and Babies, a weary adage – and babies get the kudos. It’s time someone featured the hounds. That would be me. The question is as old as time. Well, as ancient as the moment wolves said, this is no good – we keep getting shot at – and decided to become dogs because life as a lupis could hardly get colder or shorter on something decent to eat. Wolves as dogs is a better deal despite a loss of independence. That said, the price is crushing, involving humiliating begging and showing faux excitement when ‘master’ (they hate the word) returns home from his stupid job. The question is, do dogs talk? Speaking as a dog owner (neither do they appreciate being ‘owned,’ but for regular meals and a roof they suck it up), yes, of course, they can talk. We talk to them all the time. We’d feel silly if it was some dumb monologue. In the doghouse

Photos by Andrew Spires

Dogs are in a state of constant bemusement at our strangeness. Our two hounds, Tina and Holly, confirm our peculiarity with their eyes, tilts of the head and a flutter of the tail, or not. They are quite chatty, starting in the morning as I put on my shoes to take them out. Holly looks at Tina with a deep sigh, her eyes rolling heavenward. Out of courtesy she looks back at me and then says to Tina: “Look at the predictable idiot. There he goes again putting on those silly cow skins. Here we are ready to


A shaggy dog story Reflecting on how much his dogs despise him, Peter Sherwood asks some age-old canine questions roll – man, I need to pee – and he’s behaving like a clown.” They wait on me, beyond exasperated. “Just open the damn door,” splutters Tina. The message is clear and unambiguous. And of course I reply, as do all we canine converts, making us either delusional or blessed of an insight into animal language matched only by Doctor Dolittle. Dinner is another cause of interminable frustration, with me giving them the same tired banter designed to entertain and being met with a glare that says: “We don’t want patronising pal, just feeding.” OK ladies, I quip, tonight, for your enjoyment, we have hundreds of those crunchy little balls you have every night with some canned chicken… or

kangaroo. Now, won’t that be special? More eye rolling. “Who does this cretin think he is, Monty Python or Pavlov?” asks Tina. “Whatever… try to salivate, as if you’re expecting haute cuisine. He’ll think that’s cute.” I know they’re playing me for a sucker. Regardless, I press on with the Vaudeville through to bedtime. Pre-bed is a last chance for a toilet break. I begin the cow skins ritual. They are not amused. Besides, it’s raining. Four exasperated eyes cruise skyward. “Right, Tina, wag your tail to tell the old phoney how ecstatic we are about another walk through the wet bushes,” says Tina. “Don’t forget to pee even if you don’t feel like it, or we’ll be out there all night.”

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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Around DB October Issue 2017  

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