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CONTENTS September 2017



Bopfest’s Chris Parker

Free training with top local runners



Identity theft uncovered

Asia’s five most fabulous spa destinations

FAMILY MATTERS How to teach kids good morals


GIVEAWAYS Win big prizes


PARENTING Twinning is winning


RECIPES Myanmarese mains


DB FACES Community snaps


OUT THERE Island life

















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Home-cooked Myanmarese mains Identity theft and how to avoid it


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Win tickets to see Ariana Grande at AsiaWorld-Expo and kid’s entry passes to EpicLand

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Photos courtesy of DB Green

10TH ANNIVERSARY BEACH CLEAN-UP DBers took to Sam Pak Wan on August 20 to celebrate 10 years of Discovery Bay beach clean-ups and remove some 200 kilogrammes of rubbish. There was also a sand-castle building competition for volunteers, plus a sausage sizzle and lashings of delicious ice cream. DB Green and Plastic Free Seas would like to thank sponsors Love.Together@DB and Castles Can Fly, and prize-givers Auberge Hotel, Hemingway’s and Pizza Express.






DB PIRATES WELCOME BACK DAY Photos courtesy of DB Pirates


The Discovery Bay Pirates annual Welcome Back Day on August 20 saw new and old members enjoying games and a barbecue, while registering for the upcoming season and collecting their kits.

Tai Pak Wan was a hive of activity throughout August, thanks to the giant slides and adventure areas of Hong Kong Resorts’ Funtastic Summer event.


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INDIA INDEPENDENCE DAY Discovery Bay’s Indian community celebrated their Independence Day on August 19 at an open-to-all event, with delicious food, a flag raising and the singing of the Indian national anthem.


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DB EVENTS September 1




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Registration for one of DB’s favourite annual events, the DB 10km Run for Charity, opens this month, with the early bird rate of just HK$250 available from September 1 to 14. The race starts at 8am on November 11 and volunteers are also needed, so head to to lock in your spot.

DB PIRATES HOCKEY TASTER Discovery Bay International School The DB Pirates mini- and youthhockey taster sessions run each Saturday morning from 8am on the Discovery Bay International School pitch. To find out more about DB’s best-known sports club and the services on offer, visit To play hockey, email

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Throughout September

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. September 2

STOCK UP AT THE PLANT MARKET across from Haven Court,

2pm to 4.45pm. For more information, call 2238 3617. September 7


Zak’s, DB, kicks off at 8am. Head to the DB Entrepreneurs Networking Breakfast Facebook page or visit

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BART’S BASH East Lantau waters Bart’s Bash is an international sail race taking place at hundreds of different venues and involving thousands of sailors worldwide. Funds raised go to the Andrew Simpson Foundation, which facilitates a wider participation in sailing, particularly among young people. To find out more, head to the boat club on Tai Pak Wan or visit


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If you would like to see an event listed in this section, email September 21

ATTEND THE DISCOVERY COLLEGE UNIVERSITY FAIR to gen up on undergraduate opportunities for 2018. For more information, visit September 23

In support of Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup campaign, Plastic Free Seas, DB Green, WWF-Hong Kong and DB’s COC Environmental Protection Subcommittee are joining forces for a beach clean-up to promote the community’s involvement in environmental action. Everyone is welcome, and data collected will be shared with the Green Council. For more information, visit September 23


BRAINSTORM SOLUTIONS AT THE MARINE POLLUTION FORUM in the Multi-purpose Hall, DB Plaza, from 2pm to 5pm. To find out more, visit Through October 11


Discovery Bay Recreation Club

This year’s Discovery Bay Recreation Club Charity Tennis Cup, running from 8am to 6pm, sees teams dress up and serve it out to raise funds for the Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association and Watchdog Early Education Centre. Always an afternoon of fun and laughter, the event is family-friendly with a carnival on the lawn for kids. Find out more by calling the club on 2987 7381.

For its latest global photographic campaign, #DreamBigPrincess, Disney has asked 19 female photographers to shoot empowering images of strong female role models. Every time one of these images is shared using the #DreamBigPrincess hashtag, Disney will donate US$1 to the United Nations’ Girl Up campaign, which promotes leadership and empowerment in young women. Get sharing at September 2017






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Now enrolling in DB, Mathnasium is a math-only learning centre that helps children, aged three to 14, understand math by teaching it in a way that makes sense to them. The Mathnasium Method is the result of 40-plus years of handson instruction and research and delivers a customised learning plan designed to address each student’s individual needs. Visit discoverybay.

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DBers can now grab a drink when getting on or off the ferry at The Pier Bar’s newest branch. Already an institution at the ferry pier in Central, customers can now choose from a wide selection of wines, beers, spirits, soft drinks and coffees at both ends of their journey.


British Essentials is now bringing DB residents the best British groceries, with Hong Kong’s first online British supermarket featuring Morrisons’ products and other British-branded groceries at competitive prices. British Essentials guarantees exceptional customer service and free delivery seven days a week, with quick service to Discovery Bay. Shop now at




Start: Shek Pik Reservoir September 17

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Zhizhi Chinese Education is the resort’s newest Chinese Language Institute, open to both children and adults. Former head of Chinese at Discovery College, founder Debbie Tai has taught Chinese in international schools for over 13 years, across early childhood, primary and secondary. Zhizhi Chinese Education also provides professional development partnerships with schools in Hong Kong and China. Find out more at


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Naturopathic physician Dr Joelle Touchette Bradford and naturopath and homeopath Philip Watkins are now practising at IMI in DB, tackling issues ranging from allergies, poor digestion and insomnia, to hormonal imbalance and sports nutrition. Joelle will be holding a free health talk on October 13 on how to enhance your child’s learning and concentration. Call 2537 1087 for more information and to secure your spot.

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Kicking off at Shek Pik Reservoir, Lantau Vertical takes competitors over Lantau Peak, the island’s highest. The 7-kilometre ascent features a 900-metre elevation gain, before a run/ walk to the finish at Pak Kung Au. For more information and to secure your spot – costing HK$260 – head to 


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The Last Gods of Indochine


October 1, 13 & 28


DB Plaza and Tai Pak Wan November 4

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DB resident Sam Ferrer’s debut novel, The Last Gods of Indochine (Signal 8 Press, 2016), long-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize, made Sam the only non-Asian to be nominated for Asia’s most prestigious literary award. This year it has also been designated an Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novels Society and BookBrowse. Grab your copy at Bookazine (Prince's Building, Central),, or visit

October is like Christmas in Lantau for those who love to hit the trails, with three of the year’s biggest races taking place in the space of four weeks. Make sure you lock in the Lantau 2 Peaks on October 1, MoonTrekker on October 13 and the Salomon LT70 on October 28. Find out more at, and

With three stages and over 16 hours of music, The Big Picnic is sure to put on a show again in 2017. Hong Kong’s favourite live music and dance festival will feature a kids’ zone, bands from Lantau and throughout Hong Kong, and delicious dining options, with part proceeds going to charity. Head to



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

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


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

Natural Medicine in Discovery Bay Established for over 25 years, IMI is Hong Kong’s leading natural and integrated medicine clinic. In addition to our main practice in Central, we also have a branch in Discovery Bay to serve the local community.

Nathuropathic Medicine and Osteopathy are two of the core services offered at our Discovery Bay clinic. We also offer Acupuncture, Clinical Massage, Counselling and Psychotherapy, as well as many complementary therapies.

Located on the waterfront at North Plaza, our family-friendly clinic supports people to overcome a wide range of health conditions, to heal in a lasting way, and achieve optimal wellbeing.

Our dispensary carries an extensive range of supplements and health products carefully selected by our practitioners. These include independently-tested, clinical grade supplements and herbal remedies that are formulated to standards of higher quality compared to most other retail brands. You will also find wholefood nutrients, herbal superfoods, natural skincare products, as well as effective air and water filters for your family.

We support the entire family, from newborns and babies, growing children and teens, to adult men and women to stay healthy during the various phases of their lives. We take an approach that is both holistic and grounded in science.


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Win a place at Faust International Youth Theatre’s Play in a Day programme Faust International Youth Theatre is offering one reader a place in its Play in a Day programme (worth HK$880) on October 15, December 10, December 17, February 24 or April 9, subject to availability. Play in a Day workshops, held at the Faust studios in Sheung Wan, see a whole performance put together in just one day. Warm-up activities are followed by casting, line learning, rehearsing, blocking, prop development and performing. Team spirit is promoted to inspire everyone to achieve their best. To attend, children aged eight to 12, must be fluent in English. To find out more, visit

Win two tickets to ABBA Mania

Lunchbox Theatrical Productions is offering three readers a pair of A-reserve tickets (worth HK$695 each) to see ABBA Mania on October 28 at 3pm at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

The world’s number one touring ABBA tribute concert, ABBA Mania has been selling out theatres and concert halls since 1999. Right down to the wild costumes, it’s an exhilarating recreation of ABBA’s last live concert. Enjoy two hours of uplifting, dance-inducing and sometimes heartbreaking songs, including Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia and The Winner Takes It All. For tickets, starting at HK$395, visit

Win two tickets to The Naked Magicians Lunchbox Theatrical Productions is offering three readers a pair of A-reserve tickets (worth HK$595 each) to see The Naked Magicians on October 25 at 8pm at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Stripping off top hats and capes, naked magicians Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne bring you the world’s naughtiest and funniest magic show. The two hot and hilarious performers bring a new meaning to ‘now you see it, now you don’t’ during the R-rated show. For tickets, starting at HK$395, visit  September 2017



Win four tickets to Guess How Much I Love You ABA Productions is offering one reader four A-reserve tickets (worth HK$435) to see Guess How Much I Love You on October 21 at 2pm at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Join Little and Big Nutbrown Hare, from the best-selling Guess How Much I Love You and I Love You All Year Round collection, as they leap off the page and onto the stage in this magical journey through the seasons. This lighthearted story of love and nature features puppets, live music and interactive play. For tickets, starting at HK$195, visit

Win a year’s membership with DB Pirates DB Pirates is offering one reader a free rugby, netball, hockey or social membership (worth HK$3,000) for the 2017-2018 season, starting this month. Join the DB Pirates’ teams as they compete in tournaments and leagues across Hong Kong and throughout the region. The successful sports club offers senior, youth and mini rugby; senior and youth netball; and mini and youth hockey; plus dragon boating and the ‘best social membership in Hong Kong’. To find out more, visit

Congratulations to last month’s winners Roy Bouch, Regina Davies and Ben Perrin for tickets to Priscilla

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Slapping the bass Through Bopfest 2017, DB rockabilly musician Chris Parker aims to put a bit of swing into all our steps. Elizabeth Kerr reports


aptop, tattoo, got to be a writer,” says Chris Parker amiably after marching up to where I’m putting down my gear at a coffee shop table, (by way of explaining how he guessed this, I was likely the person he was there to meet). The same could be said of Chris himself. The (mostly) Bristol native and rockabilly musician looks every bit the part: slouched Levis, black brogues polished, but not quite to a patent leather shine, graphic rock band t-shirt. The only thing he’s missing is the expertly coiffed pompadour: Chris is bald. In this day and age of EDM, jazz rap and Viking metal among hundreds of other music genres, rockabilly remains a bit of an outlier – something Chris is set on correcting as slap bass player for The Triplejacks, what he calls 21st century rockabilly. That might seem like a tall order in Hong Kong, but if there’s one thing that can be said for the SAR it’s that anything goes.

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“There is a certain amount of rockabilly here in Hong Kong, a little tiny bit. Occasionally. There is an underground music scene here, and anyone into slightly alternative stuff will love rockabilly,” says Chris, pondering the fate of his upcoming Bopfest 2017: Hong Kong Rockabilly Boogie Night. In the works for November, Chris’ plan is to make Bopfest

an annual shindig, something a little different where adventurous music lovers can enjoy an alternative night out. Organiser of the inaugural event and set to perform on stage with The Triplejacks, Chris will also be behind the decks as CJ the DJ, one of two DJs on the night. “As with all things creative, it’s about getting people to try it for the first time. The thing about rockabilly is that there is something for everybody. There’s big band, there’s blues, bop, garage style. So when you finally get along to a ’do, you might realise ‘that’s too country for me, but I like this’. To me, that’s really cool. People are also attracted to things that look cool, but there’s not much I can do with that with this hair,” he says with a smirk. Chris’ love of rockabilly started 40 years ago in the UK when the new-school revival swept across Europe. Initially listening to his mum’s old 78s – Tommy Steele and Cliff Richard – he was resistant to the glam rock and punk of the era. Then all of a sudden, as if by magic, Stray Cats appeared. “Mind well and truly blown,” he recalls with a laugh. “I remember sitting there watching them on Noel Edmonds’ Swap Shop on the BBC. Never heard of them and I thought, ‘That’s what I like!’ That’s kind of how it started.” The passion for retro-swagger followed Chris to Hong Kong when he relocated permanently in 2007. When he landed, he was

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working in training and executive education, and had to find a new career after the 2008 financial crisis. Currently the Asia-Pacific chief for limousine services provider Carey International, he travels across the region, from India all the way to New Zealand, for work, something he’s been doing since the late-’90s. That’s how he discovered Hong Kong felt like home. “I’ve been coming here since 1999, when I was travelling. I loved it at that point. I had a friend in Shanghai who I came out to see regularly and I always stopped here to get a visa. Eventually I preferred to just stay in Hong Kong,” he says. “Every time I came back it was like coming home. So when I got a job here I was over the moon.” Now a permanent resident, Chris and wife Arlyn have settled into life in Discovery Bay, even though they don’t have kids or a dog. “That does present a challenge in DB but that’s neither here nor there,” he says with a grin. “There’s no two ways about it: It’s a great place to live. It’s like living in a tropical paradise resort.” And for the record: No. Arlyn isn’t really into rockabilly. “It’s not quite her cup of tea.”

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is also about impeccably styled hair, hip suspenders, stylish tapered jeans and the spirit of individuality. For lack of a better word, rockabillies are the original hipsters. Ironically, it’s also about community. “Back in the 1970s and ’80s we had sub-cultures, which no one really gets anymore. You were a rockabilly, or you were a Teddy Boy, or you were a skinhead, or a greaser, or a New Romantic, or a Mod, or any of these sub-subgenres,” argues Chris. “And you could define yourself a little bit by it. And you had a group of friends and a social life based around it. It was new, it was fresh and it was exciting. And it’s stayed with me.”

The first step is Bopfest. The Triplejacks – Chris and two Australian mates, the former guitarist for Fireballs and drummer for The Living End – will have their official debut at the event, and expect to follow that with a tour around Asia in the autumn. If you catch The Triplejacks, don’t expect to be regaled with chestnuts like Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On. Chris leans decidedly high octane and off-the-beatentrack: Tenpole Tudor’s Swords Of

A Thousand Men and glamrocker Alvin Stardust’s Coo Ca Choo are favourite covers right now. If Bopfest turns out as enthusiastic and welcoming as Chris himself is, the event should be with us for a long time to come; it might be time to invest in a pair of saddle shoes. “Absolutely, there will be dancing,” states Chris. “Bop, jive, stroll, pogo. We don’t care what you do as long as you don’t bother anybody else and you enjoy yourself.” It doesn’t get more rockabilly than that.

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online While the US remains the hub of cybercrime, China is a clear second and identity theft is a very real issue in Hong Kong. Sam Agars looks into some of the most common scams and how best to avoid them

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n an age where just about everything – including money – is easily accessible online, most people are extra cautious about how they handle their finances. But it’s amazing how many of us don’t really understand exactly what risks we are facing in a world where the internet holds so much of our most important information. Identity theft is a growing problem across the globe, with the ease of online access seeing it transcend borders. While there are measures one can take to recover lost funds in a case of identity theft, there are also a number of things worth doing

to ensure you minimise the risk of finding yourself a victim in the first place.

Know your enemy According to Hong Kong law firm Tanner De Witt, your online identity includes your social profile, credit card information and overall digital footprint. The many ways these can be exploited include mobilephone hacking, email hacking and romance scams, where people lure singles to compromised websites. Typical cybercrimes also take place following disasters or political upheaval, with cybercriminals posing as

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charities to extract money and credit-card details. It is also possible for people to have their identity stolen simply by hackers scanning their credit-card details or banking passwords. In Asia, work-from-home scams are the most common form of identity theft. Oftentimes, these involve criminals convincing victims to invest money into a fake business, using the attraction of working from home as their hook. Jeff Lane, a partner in fraud and asset tracing at Tanner De Witt, says that identity theft in Hong Kong has reached significant levels.

offences “In 2016 we were instructed in more than 60 new cases of fraud, of which around two-thirds concerned CEO fraud [where hackers imitate executives in order to have ‘employees’ perform certain tasks] or identity-theft fraud,” Jeff says. “If our own figures as a medium-size independent law firm are extrapolated across all firms in Hong Kong, it is clear that identity-theft fraud in Hong Kong is being operated on a very significant scale.” The growth of identity theft is linked directly to the increased capabilities of the internet and, in turn, the population’s increased reliance on it. “The use of the internet as a means of conducting trade has exploded in the last decade,” Jeff says. “In the same period the numbers and capabilities of hackers have grown at a similar pace. The increased

volume of internet trade means that there are more users online and, with increased numbers of hackers, it is almost inevitable that there has been a corresponding increase in internet/ identity-theft fraud.”

Use protection

banking details and financial records of bills] are properly and securely stored. “Have a system of multiple signatories for higher value payments,” Jeff adds. “Educate friends, family and employees of the importance of remaining vigilant at all times when using email, and not to open any mail that looks suspicious. If in doubt, contact your IT staff before opening unsolicited emails.”

While it is possible to go about your business on the internet without a care in the world, in the perceived knowledge the services you are using have the necessary protection, it is important to have protection of your own.

Retaliate swiftly

According to Jeff, a few simple steps will leave you far better off, without too much effort. “Install the best firewalls and anti-cyber theft software that you can afford,” he says. “Protect your computers with individual rather than shared passwords, and ensure that all sensitive information relating to your business [accounts,

Despite your best efforts and the fact that a lot of what Jeff recommends would come as common sense to most internet users, scams are becoming more complex and it is not always obvious you are being hacked. With cybercrime so rife in society, the reality is that just about everyone is at some sort of risk of having their identity stolen.  September 2017



According to Jeff, the best thing you can do if you think you are a victim is act immediately. “The victim should first alert the police and their bank to try to stop or recall the payments,” he says. “Keep full records of all correspondence and payments made. If the payment cannot be recalled, seek immediate legal advice as several remedies are available for the victim [both civil and criminal], but they must be undertaken quickly.” If notified quickly, the police can trace your funds to the bank account they have been transferred to and temporarily freeze them. While this is happening, an application is made to the court to permanently freeze the funds.

9 ways to protect yourself from identity theft 1. Don’t respond to unsolicited requests for personal information (your name, birthdate, ID number, or bank account number) by phone, mail or online. 2. W  atch out for ‘shoulder surfers’. Shield the keypad when typing your passwords on computers and at ATMs.

There are a number of court orders in existence designed to help the victim and, while legal proceedings can be drawn out and recovering lost funds is not a quick process, Jeff says there is often a good chance of success for those who have acted swiftly. By moving quickly, you increase the chance of freezing the account your funds have been transferred to before they are transferred again, in turn greatly increasing your chance of success.

3. Collect mail promptly. Ask the post office to put your mail on hold when you are away from home for several days.

“Recovery of funds can take several months but is often successful if actioned promptly,” Jeff says.

8. Install the best available firewalls and virus-detection software on your home computer.

So while avoiding identity theft is obviously the top priority, not all is lost if you do realise you have been compromised, as long as you are ready to act the minute you discover something isn’t right.

4. P  ay attention to your billing cycles. If bills or financial statements are late, contact the sender. 5. Review your receipts. Promptly compare receipts with account statements. Watch for unauthorised transactions. 6. Shred receipts, credit offers, account statements and expired cards to prevent ‘dumpster divers’ from getting your personal information. 7. S  tore personal information in a safe place at home and at work.

9.  Create complex passwords that identity thieves cannot guess easily. Change your passwords if a company that you do business with has a breach of its databases.


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tudents don’t just receive an education at St David’s College in North Wales, they discover a mode of teaching that matches their learning styles, and find a place of belonging in the school’s caring community.

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Established over 50 years ago, St David’s is a leader in teaching pupils with additional learning needs, in particular those with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, ADHD and Asperger’s syndrome. With every teacher armed with a master’s degree in teaching children with these needs, St David’s boasts a highly specialised learning centre which offers one-onone support, speech, language and occupational therapy. The school’s 240 students gain the skills and strategies needed to access mainstream qualifications.


The ability of St David’s to integrate innovative and personally tailored learning with exceptional outdoor education makes the school a leader in its sphere. On top of this, a wide range of extra-curricular activities allows each pupil to grow in self-confidence, ensuring endless possibilities for all. Each year sees overseas expeditions developing personal resilience and life skills in students, while Link International – the school’s charity – provides them with the opportunity to reach out to others.

St David’s is proud of its long list of success stories, with, one such pupil, Jack – rejected from 29 schools at the age of 10 – now boasting a raft of GCSE’s and A’ Levels, plus national awards for his design work, including the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Dyslexia Student of the Year. Globally renowned sculptor Nick Elphick is another of St David’s high achieving alumni. St David’s is popular among Hong Kong residents, drawing particularly rave reviews from one local family: “We relocated to Hong Kong 11 years ago when our son was two. Orin spent his early years struggling through the educational system with dyslexia. We tried various schools but constantly failed to get the proper support and educational tools required to fit his learning needs. We finally discovered St David’s in 2016.” Orin, now 13, has embraced being a boarder. As his mum says, “St David’s is so much more than a school, it’s a life’s education.” And despite its serene and secluded location, St David’s is a breeze to access, located just a 90-minute drive from Manchester

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There’s so much more to parenting than feeding, clothing and schooling kids. But are we teaching them the behaviours and thought processes necessary to flourish in our community and beyond? Trisha Hughes reports


ot so long ago, I was standing on a crowded bus on my way home from Sunny Bay. No one was in any mood to pass the time of day except for one little boy who seemed captivated by me. I put his age at about five and, as I stared blankly out of the window, I heard this little voice pipe, “How old are you?” I heard a few titters from my fellow passengers, so I played along and

smiled benevolently at him. “Polite young men don’t ask women how old they are,” I answered sagely with a smile. You’d think my witty reply would have ended the conversation, right? But no. He came back with, “My guess is you’re about 300.” My eyes popped opened in shock and the snickers

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behind me grew embarrassingly louder. “Dinosaurs are 300,” I quipped. “I’m not a dinosaur.” With so many passengers apparently hanging on every word, I was determined not to continue with the entertainment, so I concentrated on the view outside as the bus moved annoyingly slowly towards my stop. In my peripheral vision, however, I could see the

the little boy waving happily to me through a window.

Beyond right and wrong As a parent, saying your role is one of life’s most important events is doing it a grave injustice. We are literally bringing another living, breathing human being into the world and subsequently doing our very best to help him navigate the society he finds himself in. Creating the next generation of decision makers, world leaders and, hopefully, world changers is a monumental task, and most of us have no idea how hard it is going to be. ‘Important’ doesn’t even begin to cover it.

child still watching me. Against my better judgement, I turned to look at him. He smiled beguilingly and said, “You tell me yours and I’ll tell you mine.” The conversation was not upsetting at all for me; it was actually an extremely amusing interlude at the end of a long boring day of shopping. But I found myself intrigued at how this five-year-old had plucked up the courage to begin the conversation with me, a total stranger, in the first place. More than that, I wondered how appropriate our exchange had actually been. When I was young, children were seen and not heard. This old adage, something my mother used to say to me, popped unbidden into my head as I stepped off the bus and watched as it pulled away with

Teaching our children life values is an incredibly hard job and it can also be bewildering. On the one hand, we all want our children to have minds of their own and work things out for themselves, rather than turn them into clones of ourselves. But on the other hand, shouldn’t we remember that when they fly the nest, the rest of the world has to live with them? In our attempts to encourage our children to develop their own characters and minds, while trying not to stifle them, are we overlooking our responsibility to also teach them basic principles, like being respectful and polite? How about honest, responsible and giving your best effort in school? Is that too old-fashioned and, dare I say it, conservative? Honesty is accepting and promoting the truth even when we don’t like what that truth is. Responsibility is acknowledging how our actions affect others as well as ourselves. Best effort includes our role in the community. In other words, aren’t we, as parents, duty bound to teach our children that some behaviour is not acceptable?

Life values kids need to learn I also believe listening is one of the most important life skills you can teach a child. It will impact on every relationship he has. And what about it’s okay to be wrong? Grades are important but isn’t it more important to be a good person? Apologise when you’ve made a mistake? Give and accept nothing less than respect? If there is basic human respect, so many other good character traits follow suit. Respect for authority also shows obedience. Respect for others covers kindness. Things like teasing and bullying happen in the absence of respect, and failure to learn responsibility at an early age is the catalyst to poor, sometimes tragic results, whether it is addiction, inability to hold a job, racism or criminal conduct. Raising kids in such a materialistic world is not always easy, especially when they are constantly bombarded with cool new stuff to covet, and encouraged to see shopping as a recreational pastime. Sure, we want our kids to have the best things in life, but we also need to teach them that even though they may not always have the latest and greatest toys and gadgets, they do have plenty to be grateful for. Plant the seeds of gratitude when they are young, so they can learn to appreciate the many gifts they have. It’s not what we do for our children that is more important but what we teach them to do for themselves. Their minds are endless sponges and it is our responsibility to splash the right information at them, and mould them into responsible and admirable members of our society. And as we know, children learn from example so when they see their parents being rude, it sends  September 2017



In our attempts to encourage our children to develop their own characters and minds, are we overlooking our responsibility to also teach them basic principles, like being respectful and polite? a message to them that it’s okay to say one thing and do another.

Teaching kids to be kind It’s never too late to teach a child how to become a good person, but it won’t happen on its own. Children need to practise caring for others and expressing gratitude for those who care for them and they need to contribute to other people’s lives. Make sure your children are friendly and grateful with all the people they encounter and that they are, first and foremost, kind. Even as my own children were turning and waving happily to me on their first day at school, I spent the day crying because they were on their long march towards becoming adults. They would learn that we all have to pay our dues, we all have to work, and we all have to face failure and rejection before we can achieve success. Our challenge is help our children learn to care for and respect people outside of their small circle of friends and families, such as the new kid in class, someone who doesn’t speak their language, the helper, a shopkeeper, or simply just some poor woman standing on a bus at the end of a long day.


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1. The Caring Game. This game teaches empathy – once children know what it feels like to have their feelings hurt, they learn to treat others with respect and kindness. How to play: Draw a series of faces with different ‘unhappy’ expressions – sad, angry, scared, sick – on pieces of card (at least one for every child in the game). Lay the cards out, face-side down. Ask each child to choose a card, and act out the feeling shown. For example, the child who draws the card with the scared face, might pretend to shake or hide under his chair. Explain to the other players that they can make their friend feel better by asking him questions. “Why are you scared?”, “What can I do?” After he gives an explanation – “I saw a ghost in my bedroom last night” – the other kids provide solutions. They might give him a hug, suggest he leaves his nightlight on, or tell him gently that ghosts are only make believe.

2. Mother, May I? This game teaches kids to be courteous, which means they are well on their way to learning about respect.

How to play: Nominate one child as Mother. The other players line up facing her, about 10 feet away. Mother tells one player at a time to hop one step forward. If a player responds, “Mother, may I?”, Mother says, “Yes, you may,” or “No, you may not”. If Mother’s reply is yes, the player must say thank you before he moves. If any player forgets his manners or hops forward without permission, Mother sends him back to the starting line. Play the game until one player reaches Mother.

3. Honest to Goodness. This game teaches kids that it’s okay to be honest about their feelings, whether positive or negative. How to play: Settle the players comfortably and let them know they will each be asked to finish the sentence: “I was surprised when…” To get the game in motion, start by telling your own story: “I was surprised when Sarah’s Daddy suggested that we move to Discovery Bay.” After everyone has had a turn at being ‘surprised’, continue the game substituting other emotions like ‘happy’ or ‘scared’.

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Come run with me Sam Agars catches up with top DB athletes Olivier Baillet, Katia Kucher and Thomas Kiprotich to talk about their new club, the Discovery Run


iscovery Bay has long been known as a runner’s paradise but even some of the best trails and tracks Hong Kong has to offer are sometimes not enough to get us off the couch. That’s where the newly formed Discovery Run comes in, a community initiative soft-launched in June this year by well-known local athletes Olivier Baillet, Katia Kucher and Thomas Kiprotich.

Photos by Baljit Gidwani – and courtesy of Olivier Baillet

Every Monday at 7.45pm, the trio welcomes all DBers to meet at the playground at Tai Pak Wan for a 5-kilometre group run, a concept that has been well received thus far.


The Discovery Run is many things – a way for Olivier, Katia and Thomas to give back, a way to promote healthy living, a way to contribute to a close-knit community and, most of all, a reason for DB residents to stay active. Giving back Olivier, a long-time athlete who runs executive endurance coaching business Beyond the Line, came up with the idea for the Discovery Run as a way to share his considerable expertise. “As full-time coaches, we need to make a living but I feel that it is part of my duty, my role, to help people for free too; to share the enthusiasm and the lifestyle that provides so much good to me, my family, my clients and my training partners,” he says. “Being very much involved with Splash in DB [the free swimming-for-helpers

Thomas Kiprotich, Katia Kucher and Olivier Baillet

programme], I realised I had the means to provide a lot.” The Discovery Run is built on the Parkrun concept, a hugely successful organisation that started in England and now organises thousands of runs across the world. “I contacted Parkrun to see if we could work with them but they were too busy developing elsewhere. Hong Kong was not their priority,” Olivier says. “I decided to do it without them but as I have limited time and already have a lot of projects on my plate, I shared my plan with Katia and Thomas, who were instantly sold to the idea.” Getting active It’s clear that having three top DB running coaches – the triathlon coach (Olivier), the road running coach (Thomas) and the trail running coach (Katia) – offering their patronage for free is a very cool concept.

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While Olivier brings his years of in-depth fitness knowledge to the group, Katia, according to Olivier, “is fantastic at motivating people with her energy, drive and charisma”. Katia feels Thomas – who runs DB outdoor fitness training company Kipmovin and is one of Hong Kong’s top runners – is a real draw card for the club. Forty DBers attended the first Discovery Run and Katia, who runs DB personal training company d.BeFit, is confident interest will continue to build now that the club is back on track after the summer break. “Having a set schedule, easy access to a running course and being part of a running group is a lot more enjoyable than running alone,” she says. “Physically and mentally it makes it a lot more fun. Everyone can join, if you’re a new runner, you can run/ walk, if you’re a fast runner you can push yourself to run a fast 5 kilometres.” Pointing out that most people who do not run consistently have tried but don’t stick to it, Olivier says:

Olivier and Katia ready to run DBers into shape

“With us, they have a framework, a time, a rendezvous and they will need an excuse not to come. The fact that we are here every week, with a course well defined in advance and different pacers [usually three] helps a lot. We hope to create an event that is here to stay and that residents look forward to.”

the process, stay active and fit, Katia says: “Running regularly has several health benefits. It helps prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes and weight gain. It also improves the quality of our emotional and mental life. For many people, running is a great therapy. With today’s more sedentary lifestyles,

to keep moving and stay active is very important, that’s why running is so beneficial.” And for those still not convinced: “It’s all positive,” Olivier says. “At worst, if you don’t like it, you’ve tried. But I am sure you will like it. We understand that running can be intimidating but with us, it’s not.”

Living well The benefits of exercise as part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle are well documented but not always put into practice. Hoping that the Discovery Run will inspire people to run and, in


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Twinning is winning

What is life like for those parents who welcome not one, but two bundles of joy – at the same time? Kate Farr learns more about the life-changing magic of multiples


arah Ward, mum to twoand-a-half-year-old Alice and Ben, first discovered that the family would be welcoming twins at just seven weeks pregnant. “To see those two little hearts beating for the first time was indescribable,” she says. “I burst into tears!”

A two-for-one special When it came to preparing for their new arrivals, both Sarah and Amanda chose to be pragmatic about their nesting, with neither mum opting to buy two of everything. “I did buy some gender-specific clothes, but otherwise the twins shared bottles, blankets and so on,” says Sarah.

“Two cribs and a double stroller are essential purchases,” says Amanda. “But my best buy was a book – Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins by Dr Mark Weissbluth.” The women’s experiences varied greatly when it came to ensuring that they had sufficient support. While Amanda’s recently retired dad was able to move in for a couple of months to help out, Sarah, whose family lives in the UK, relied solely on her husband and helper.

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For Amanda Cheung, mum of six-month-old sons Mason and Grayson, the journey to becoming a mother of two was quite a rollercoaster ride. After experiencing some bleeding at nine weeks pregnant, she was rushed to the emergency room. Six hours later, after numerous tests and a 40-minute ultrasound, her husband was brought in. “The sonographer proceeded to show us

heartbeats on both the left and right sides,” Amanda says. “We’d gone from thinking we had one baby, to potentially none, and finally to two!”

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“I’ve met a few other mums of twins, which helps a lot when you need a sympathetic ear or some advice,” Sarah says. “I’d definitely recommend joining a few of the mumorientated DB Facebook pages, as well as the Hong Kong Mothers of Multiples Facebook page.” Both Sarah and Amanda admit that it can be challenging for busy twin parents to stay mindful of their relationship with each other. Aude Mahoudeau-Campoyer, practitioner of psychotherapy, sophrologist and hypnotherapist at DB-based Brief Therapy HK, backs this up, saying: “A couple go from being two individuals taking care of each other to the same individuals taking care of two young babies. They have no time for each other, never mind time for themselves.” Aude encourages twin parents to accept that they can’t be fully present for each other, knowing that this is only a phase. “It is important, however, to find some time to share your feelings, fears and concerns,” she says. “This is one of the most exciting adventures of your life, so team up and accept the challenge.” Aude offers sophrology sessions to help new mums find their balance after delivery. “It is a time for women to reconnect with their bodies, sensations and feelings, and to reconstruct their selfimage,” she says. Double the happiness When it comes to the challenges that twins can bring, both mums agree that the logistics of two can sometimes be hard to figure out. Amanda explains: “With twins, everything is double. Double the happiness but also double the trouble and the mess! Even packing

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a bag to go out for a couple of hours means packing two sets of clothes, bottles, bibs and diapers. It takes us double the time to get ready and out the door.” For Sarah, getting around with twins is the biggest challenge, especially relying on public transport. “Negotiating taxis and busy roads with two toddlers can be tough but it’s doable,” she says. Sarah and Amanda agree that finding time to bond one-onone with each child is another


challenge – something that Aude considers essential. “This is a natural development process, as it helps children separate and individuate,” Aude explains. “As a parent, spending time alone with one child allows us to know their personalities and therefore take care of their needs in a better way. We all need to be understood for who we are and we all want to be discovered. Feeling unique is crucial to becoming a healthy and balanced adult. “The process can take longer for twins as they need to learn to separate and individuate not only from their mothers but also from each other,” Aude adds. “This process is ongoing and fluid throughout their lives.” At the end of the day, both mums agree that twin parenthood is worth all the challenges. Sarah enjoys watching her twins’ special bond develop: “They’ll be fighting over a toy one minute and smothering each other with kisses the next! They are also quite protective of each other – my daughter is usually the one to stand up for her brother in any playground quarrel.” What Amanda finds most rewarding is that her boys have someone to share everything with: “It’s like having a best friend for life,” she says. “Even now at just six months old, watching them interact with each other really puts a smile on my face. They babble to each other all day and hold hands while sitting next to each other.” It seems that twins really are twice as nice.

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ooking to regain your equilibrium now the kids are back at school? With some of the world’s best spa destinations just a short flight from Hong Kong, getting your groove back couldn’t be easier. Here are five of the best regional locations in which to revitalise your body, mind and soul.

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Fusion Maia, Da Nang, Vietnam Located just a short transfer from Da Nang International Airport, less than two hours’ flight from Hong Kong, Fusion Maia’s all-pool villa accommodation has you unwound faster than you can unpack your carry-on. But plush digs and private pools aren’t the only things this beachfront resort has to tempt committed spa-junkies to book their break. With a comprehensive menu of holistic therapies, Fusion Maia is an all-inclusive spa resort, meaning you can scrub, massage and stretch to your heart’s content throughout your stay. This bespoke approach to guests’ wellbeing is evident throughout the resort, with a dedicated Fusionista concierge team on call round the clock to cater to your every need. Kamalaya, Koh Samui, Thailand Located on the powder-white sands of Koh Samui, a three-hour flight from Hong Kong, this palm-fringed retreat is a sanctuary for both body and soul. There’s a range of rooms, suites and villas to choose from – all designed to make the most of Kamalaya’s lush natural setting. Spectacular views over the surrounding gardens or sea help you calm your thoughts and regain your Zen.

Rejuvenating steam, Kamalaya

Drawing from both ancient and contemporary disciplines to offer guests a comprehensive wellness experience, this is where Ayurveda meets Traditional Chinese Medicine and naturopathy works with hydrotherapy to leave you perfectly in sync. If you’re feeling burnt out and in need of some serious pampering, Kamalaya is sure to have the cure for what ails you. SO Sofitel Spa, Sentosa, Singapore Aiming to combine a family-friendly trip to Singapore with a little RnR? Then SO Sofitel Spa has you so covered. Sneak over to the spa, a lush tropical garden hideaway, while the little ones are kept busy at Villa Des Enfants – the resort’s onsite kids’ club – and they won’t even notice you’ve gone. Take the time to indulge in SO Spa’s signature Five Elements Ritual, which draws on ancient Chinese wisdom to offer a fullbody therapy that will leave you

Aromatherapy massage, Fusion Maia

floating on air. Post treatment, you can enjoy the spa’s three inviting pools, an alfresco mud bath filled with detoxifying Moroccan Rhassoul clay and The Garden restaurant, which dishes up tempting-yethealthy fare in a beautiful heritage building. With alfresco movie nights by the pool every Friday and Saturday, you should definitely plan a lingering visit. Chiva-Som, Hua Hin, Thailand Looking for something a little longer lasting than a massage or yoga class? Less than three hours from bustling Bangkok, Hua Hin’s Chiva-Som resort has an award-  September 2017



winning spa, mouth-watering dining options and a broad range of fitness activities to offer its health-conscious guests. The resort is also home to Niranlada – Chiva-Som’s very own medispa – which offers a curated menu of both invasive and noninvasive treatments. Performed by a world-renowned team of dermatologists and surgeons, the wide range of peels, fillers, laser treatments and other procedures are guaranteed to give you a subtle, yet significant lift. And where better to sit out any downtime than on the resort’s spectacular private beach? The Farm, San Benito, Philippines Deservedly recognised as one of Asia’s best detox destinations for the last 15 years, The Farm may be less than two hours from Manila, but its tranquil rural setting makes it feel a whole world away. A working plantation, The Farm utilises its own coconuts in every aspect of its operation, from raw vegan ‘Sushi’ and ‘Bounty Bar’ cacao desserts at Alive! Restaurant, to coconutoil aromatherapy massages at the onsite spa. The Farm offers its guests a broad range of treatments, including fitness retreats, weightmanagement programmes and juice fasts using locally sourced, organic ingredients. These programmes are supervised by a full medical team, and are supported by a wide range of complimentary treatments that include hydrotherapy, reflexology, acupuncture, meditation, and, of course, plenty of relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatments too. The farmer’s life never looked so good…

Energising coffee scrub, The Farm


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(Pork with tumeric) Serves 4 • 2-inch stick fresh ginger • 500 g pork fillet or belly pork • 1½ tbsp turmeric • I bulb garlic, diced fine • 1 medium onion, diced fine • 2 tbsp soy-bean oil • 4 eggs Pound the ginger to a paste. Cut the pork into bite-size chunks and mix in the ginger, 1 tbsp turmeric and plenty of salt. Leave to marinate for 30 minutes. Heat oil in a wok and add ½ tbsp turmeric. Fry the pork on a medium heat until brown. Add 300 ml water, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in the garlic, onion and soy-bean oil. Continue to cook on a medium heat until the excess liquid evaporates. Serve with a fried egg.

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(Chicken and vegetable noodles) Serves 4 • 400 g chicken, cut fine • 1 tbsp turmeric • 1 vegetable stock cube • 1 onion, roughly chopped • 1 carrot, diced fine • 3½ tbsp soy-bean oil • ½ cauliflower, bite-size pieces • 8 long green beans, diced • 1 small cabbage, shredded • 400 g egg noodles

Fry the chicken with the turmeric in plenty of oil. Add 275 ml water and half a crumbed vegetable stock cube. Stir in the onion and carrot on a medium heat, adding 2 tbsp soy-bean oil. Add the cauliflower and green beans, and cook until the liquid evaporates. Add oil, half a crumbed stock cube, and 1 tbsp soy-bean oil. Add the cabbage. Meanwhile, boil the noodles until soft, then drain and coat with soybean oil. Combine the chicken mix and the noodles, and garnish with celery leaves. Serve with chicken stock/ consommé and a chilli water salad. To make the salad combine equal quantities of shredded cabbage, cucumber and onion, first soaking the onion in cold water until soft. Add chopped green chillies to taste. Mix in the juice of 2 limes and  plenty of salt.


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(Rice noodle and fish soup) Serves 2 • 1 onion, finely diced • 1 tsp ginger, crushed • 1 tsp turmeric • 2 tbsp shrimp paste • 2 red chillies, chopped • 60 g water chestnuts, sliced thinly • 2 stalks of lemongrass, sliced thinly • 675 ml fish stock • 100 g rice, toasted and ground • 500 g dried thin rice noodles • 200 g firm white fish, bite-size pieces

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The Local Craft Beer Brewery Tour provides a great introduction to craft beer and why it’s becoming so popular in Hong Kong. Visit three local breweries, sample 14 local craft beers and learn about the brewing process during this guided walking tour. For tickets, starting at HK$688, visit

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September 14

Chinese multimedia artist Wang Gongxin’s first Hong Kong exhibition, Reincarnation, focuses on his early work, immediately preceding his first use of video in 1996. As early as 1994, Wang’s practice revolved around site-specific installations that turned seemingly ordinary situations upside down and inverted viewers’ expectations. Three new works are also on show. For more information, visit

DJ Carnage has rocked stages at Nocturnal Wonderland, Electric Daisy Carnival, Coachella and more, as well as performing alongside Borgore, A-Trak, The Cataracs and countless others. Known to mix electro, hip-hop, pop and rap into an intoxicating brew, his shows explode with hyperkinetic energy. For tickets, starting at HK$213, visit


Find out how to make the most of education opportunities for your children at the International Schools Festival. Numerous schools (kindergarten, primary and secondary) are holding information sessions throughout the day, from 9am to 4pm. For tickets, starting at HK$40, visit

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THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wanchai

The Play That Goes Wrong introduces the unintentionally hilarious Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, who are attempting to put on a 1920s murder mystery. The accident-prone thespians battle against the odds to get to the final curtain call, while everything that can go wrong… does. For tickets, starting at HK$495, visit September 21

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ASIA CONTEMPORARY ART SHOW Conrad Hong Kong, Admiralty The Asia Contemporary September 21-24 Art Show (Fall Edition) features more than 2,500 unique works of art, including original paintings, limited editions, sculpture and photos by some of the world’s most interesting and promising artists – both emerging and mid-career. For tickets, starting at HK$240 for two, visit


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PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wanchai A feel-good favourite from the West End and Broadway, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is the heart-warming and uplifting story of three friends, who hop aboard a battered old bus in search of love and friendship. They end up on a journey of self-discovery and the road trip of a lifetime. For tickets, starting at HK$445, visit



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

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

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

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Dow in Central

Why do the rich wear rags? Dedicated follower of fashion Peter Sherwood gets into a spot of bother finding out


'm not known to grumble endlessly, preferring to vent any accumulated exasperation and residual irritation by kicking the dog. But let me tell you, I’ve been hoodwinked, fooled, deluded, hornswoggled and generally taken for a ride. There I was in the swish Mandarin Oriental exchanging pleasantries with concierge Giovanni, an Italian of my acquaintance almost from the time when he stood, bemused, on a vacant waterfront site while they constructed the hotel around him. We go back a bit. In the lobby were a bevy of female tourists, mostly 30-somethings, and a few of a riper vintage trying earnestly to blend in. What confused me in this luxurious venue was their abject poverty. What were they doing here? Were they upscale beggars? How did they gain entry to a sophisticated hostelry that prides itself on an unspoken dress code of smart casual and high fashion?

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Questionable fashion statement


Most of these ladies wore what were clearly jeans bought at Oxfam, many of them ripped to shreds, great gaping holes in the knees and one with a slice ripped out of the rear showing a piece of miniscule underwear,

clearly designed to reduce the cost of the fabric. I could tell they were struggling financially by the cheap-looking oversize bags they carried; inferior versions of Gucci and Prada made in a China factory that likely churns out real ones too – if indeed there are real ones. It was only later I heard this was a fashion statement, but meanwhile I felt so troubled that I stepped forward and offered one particularly pathetic creature in rags a HK$50 note. Well, she hauled off and slapped me, while letting forth a stream of pejoratives the likes of which I had not heard since an unfortunate confrontation with a Tourette’s sufferer on the promenade in San Sebastian in 1983. (I believe that outpouring of bruising invective was in Basque, but I have no way of knowing.) I retreated, stunned by the onslaught, while my Florentine friend began waving his arms, gesticulating wildly and generally being Italian in a chaotic demonstration of sympathy for me and for women shamed by penury. Naturally upset and bewildered, I wandered off to the Four Seasons to calm my nerves with a small brandy, not imagining for a moment that I would be assailed by yet more impoverished women, a few looking more down-and-out

than the Mandarin’s penniless. Here, the jeans sported were nothing more than remnants, slashed in a razor-wielding frenzy, hacked, gashed, chopped and peppered by a 12-gauge shotgun blast. It is disturbing to think that some people are so needy they can’t afford a new pair of jeans from Gap. Or is haute couture driven largely by shepherds? Later I discovered the ruse: Today’s fashionistas demand their garments horrendously massacred and sold at alarming prices. The unadulterated product is considered quaintly démodé. Maybe I’ll buy some new shirts, mutilate, crush, crumple and rip them to bits, then parade past Giovanni like George Clooney. Either I’ll start an avant-garde movement, or be led quietly to the door.

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 September Issue 2017  

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

Around DB September Issue 2017  

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