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LANTAU DRAGON BOATING Silvermine Bay Beach was a hive of activity May 21, with the annual Dragon Boating Carnival seeing competitors lock horns in a host of hotly contested races.

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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN RACE Over 500 runners tackled a 30-kilometre loop from Mui Wo to Discovery Bay and back on April 22, with teams of three of the same nationality teaming up.

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DRAGONS HIT TUNG CHUNG One of the world’s best invitational tens sides, the Asia Pacific Dragons visited the Tung Chung Rugby Club on April 2 in the lead up to the Hong Kong Tens. Featuring a number of big names – including Fijian sevens stars Pio Tuwai and Isake Katonibau – the side ran a session for Lantau’s youngsters and mingled with the crowd.

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YWC PRIZE-GIVING There was plenty to celebrate at the Around DB a n d L i fe o n L ant au Yo u n g W r i te r ’s Competition prize-giving on May 24, with the three mentors in attendance. This year’s f inal is t s r e cei v e d b o o k v o uch er s f r o m competition sponsor Bookazine totalling HK$1,900. To read all about the competition and the talented writers involved, turn to page 26. To read Kayla Lee’s winning story, turn to page 30.

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DANCE FOR JOY RECITAL Tung Chung-based Dance for Joy’s annual recital, Around the World, saw students take the stage on May 7, alongside guest professionals from Samoa, Hong Kong and the Philippines.

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STAIRMASTER SERIES The HOKA Stairmaster Series, organised by Lantau Base Camp, ran over two weekends in April and took place in Lantau and Stanley. In the Lantau event on April 8, participants scaled both Sunset Peak and Lantau Peak twice on a gruelling 20-kilometre course.

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SNAKE WORKSHOP Resident Lantau snake expert William Sargent, who also organises the ever-popular MoonTrekker, gave an introduction to Hong Kong snakes in Pui O on May 21. The talk covered snake types, their behaviour, the risks involved and how best to respond to an incident.

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Beef enthusiasts will be in their element at the Regal Airport Hotel’s Cafe Aficionado throughout June, thanks to the unique array of tender French beef on offer. Expect perfectly marbled, juicy and buttery meat, with roasted beef ribs and pan-fried beef neck two of the specialties. The dinner buffet starts at HK$448 per adult. To make a reservation, call 2286 6238.

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Being performed on the Grand Stage at Western Market, the Hong Kong Women’s Choir’s gala concert includes dinner, dancing and a lucky draw. The choir – which features a number of Lantau residents – is raising money for children’s charity Variety. For tickets, and to find out more about the choir and its 20 years of charity fundraising, visit


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Catch Mui Wo fo lk duo Jasmine Kelly and Ryan Harling – T h e Fo l k U p s – a t The China Beach Club from 6pm. The 17-year-olds are joined by two other Photo courtesy of The Folk Ups bands on the night, with The Celestial Sound System and The Lantau Singers also taking the stage. For more on South Lantau’s live music scene, turn to page 14.

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Lantau resident Elina Makilammi and her husband Diarmuid O’Shea ran the North Pole Marathon on April 8, raising funds for eco charity 350. Elina described the challenge as massive both physically and mentally, Photo by Diarmuid O’Shea with the race taking nearly eight hours to complete in temperatures as low as 40°C. Visit to donate to the cause.


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WORLD OCEANS DAY Throughout Lantau June 8

Celebrated across the globe, World Oceans Day is focused on encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and ensuring a better future for our oceans. To do your bit on Lantau, you can join a beach clean-up or dive against debris by visiting the Eco Marine HK Facebook page.

LIS OPEN DAY Tong Fuk Find out all there is to know about the greenest school in Hong Kong at the Lantau International School (LIS) Open Day. With campuses in Cheung Sha, Tong Fuk and Pui O, LIS takes kids right through primary, while making the most of its natural surrounds. Running from 12pm to 2pm, the event is taking place at the school’s Tong Fuk campus. For more information, email


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ROCKIN’ IN THE FREE WORLD Thanks to talented local musicians and welcoming venues, Lantau’s live music scene is alive and kicking. Jack Page reports


n this digital age of Spotify, iTunes, SoundCloud and even YouTube, it’s never been easier to access the music you want to listen to. Gone are the days when you had to hand over HK$120 dollars plus in a shop for a CD in order to hear something new. But what has all this accessibility done for live music? Do people still head to a bar to listen to a favourite local band? With the ever increasing popularity of electronic music and all its sub-genres, do music lovers even bother to learn to play instruments anymore? Factor in the exorbitant price the big local venues, like AsiaWorldExpo, charge for tickets, and you might think we Lantauers have little opportunity to enjoy live music. Added to this, there’s no denying the scarcity of small Hong Kong venues that cater to local bands. But let’s investigate the current state of Lantau’s music scene, to find out what’s going on around and about.

known as Picnic in the Park) is an annual treat, now performed on Tai Pak Wan and in DB Plaza, across three stages. Even closer to home, and giving The Big Picnic a run for its money, the Silvermine Bay Music Festival is always a blast, showcasing Hong Kong-wide musical talent. South Lantau music lovers have also been known to rock out at community-based local festivals, like Mother Earth Groove and Imagine Peace. If you like your live music weekly, in small, welcoming venues, South Lantau also supplies. In Pui O, Tap Tap Bar & Restaurant is known for its rockin’ weekend jam sessions, and over in Mui Wo, Bahce Turkish Restaurant headlines live music every other Friday – several bands play on a rotational basis, notably the folksy Mary Jane and Bambi’s Friends. The China Beach Club and Cafe Isara in Mui Wo, and JK Club in Pui O also host the occasional band.

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Long Island restaurant on Lower Cheung Sha Beach plays host to the jazzy, chilled-out sound of Pui O band Indigo every Saturday evening. These seasoned musical veterans have been playing professionally together for years in one form or another, with a focus on smooth jazz and 1960s Brazilian bossa nova.


Lastly, a shout-out to MTR commuters: Zentro Garden in Tung Chung features acoustic music Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays on the outdoor patio. Now that you know where it happens, let’s hear from three popular local bands: The Ad Hocs, The Branded Kraits and The Folks Up. Seasoned performers The jam sessions, held every couple of weekends at Tap Tap Bar, featuring local musicians’ collective, The Ad Hocs, are gaining quite a bit of notoriety. Depending on who’s playing, on any particular night, you could get a loose improvisational jam, or songs from across the spectrum of modern music. The Ad Hocs: Rock-jazz drummer Kenneth Villarin, with Rob Ellis-Geiger on trumpet “It all started back in 2013 when a triathlon buddy mentioned that he played sax, and that his then wife was a fantastic singer,” music, it’s something I’m pleased to host regularly,” says owner explains founder member, keyboardist, rhythm guitarist and Tong Paul Wellham. “We’ve had a whole heap of musicians passing Fuk resident Zoltan Feledy. “We did some standard covers at a few through. Many are friends of Zoltan from town, the lads from places like The Gallery in Tong Fuk and also at Ooh La La in Pui Indigo join in often and we have our resident maestro, Rob EllisO [now Mavericks]. Then we bumped into a bunch of other locals Geiger (keyboards, vocals and trumpet), who leads the band on who sat in, playing various kinds of music and we kept inviting many nights.” them. Folks would come out of the woodwork... banjo players and fiddlers who worked at Disney.” Rob, from Pui O, a professor of music at City University of Hong Kong, is well known locally, having composed music for Hong Back then, The Ad Hoc’s vibe was very folksy – bluegrass sounding Kong filmmaker Johnny To’s Election 2. “With my background in at times – and the Ooh La La jams really took off. “The beach scene was fantastic,” Zoltan says. “But when Ooh La La was revamped, teaching, music production and having conducted the Hong Kong the vibe got less local. So we started looking for spots that would Philharmonic Orchestra several times, The Ad Hocs is a great way take on our unrehearsed jams.” to stay grounded and not be too serious about playing and enjoying music,” he says. “I like to play the old Joe Cocker songs with a bit Tap Tap Bar, with its corrugated outhouse, ideal for a band stage, of Elton John, Eric Clapton and old blues standards. It goes down has been The Ad Hoc’s new home for over a year now. “I love live well with the customers and we all have a good time.”

While a handful of Pui O locals play regularly for The Ad Hocs, like Barrie Roebuck (bass), Jason Pagliari (electric guitar), and John Zel Valerio and Lambert Azur (drums, guitar and vocals), other performers come and go. “We had an amazing fiddle player from Hong Kong Island a while ago,” Rob recalls. “One night, he managed to break his fiddle and the next time he came over, beer got spilled on his amplifier which proceeded to smoke and had to be unplugged. We haven’t seen him since, but he was really great.” New on the scene Since they teamed up a year ago, Steve Gardner and Jason Pagliari of The Banded Kraits have been making quite a name for themselves, playing not just locally at Tap Tap Bar and JK Club, but also Hong Kong-side at The Wanch, at Orange Peel, and even at this year’s Rugby Sevens. The Banded Kraits: Barrie Roebuck, Jason Pagliari, Oz Walker and Steve Gardner

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has been composing his own music since the 1980s, and he programmes backing rhythm tracks for the band’s songs in his home studio. Alongside fellow guitar player Jason, Barrie of The Ad Hocs fame (bass) and Oz Walker (congas and percussion) bring up the support. Steve’s fluttery jazz solos with synthesiser effects offset Jason’s classic blues-rock playing style. “It’s well rehearsed and our styles complement each other, so it’s not a competition to see who can ‘out-shred’ the other guy,” says Jason, a Ham Tin resident. Steve chimes in: “Also, our backing tracks mean we don’t require a stick drummer, which gives us flexibility in the types of places we can play.”

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About 75% of The Branded Kraits’ music is original, and they do covers by classic artists like Traffic, Hawkwind, Frank Zappa and The Doors. Think extended guitar improvisations and song lyrics that critique social norms and you sort of get the idea. Right at the other end of the musical spectrum, teenage folk duo The Folk Ups – Jasmine Kelly and Ryan Harling – are another exciting, up-and-coming act, who started writing music a yearand-a-half ago. The 17-year-old Mui Wo residents are both in the midst of study for final exams but still manage to jam weekly, alongside Shelby the Suitcase-drum. “Ryan made ‘her’ in a stairwell a year back with a saw, his bare hands and a lonesome suitcase,” says singer Jasmine. “We’ve been described as a toe-tapping, foot-stomping folk-duo,” Jasmine adds. “We’ve got six originals on our self-titled EP, which you can find on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube and basically any other website you get your music from. Right now, we’re recording our second EP which will have a lot more textural depth than the stripped-down sound of our first recordings.” The pair performed at this year’s Rugby Sevens and were the sole student band at Clockenflap in 2016 thanks to a Battle of the Bands competition organised by YRock, the pop-culture platform for local teens. Their next scheduled gig is on June 3 at The China Beach Club. See you there. 16  LIFE ON LANTAU June/ July 2017

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

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JUST GAIN How does getting stuck with tiny needles you can’t quite feel benefit your health? Samantha Wong consults Japanese acupuncturist Galit Cohen Nagar

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raditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners have been developing acupuncture techniques for thousands of years as a way to open energy channels within the body and release blockages. The aim is to relieve tension and cure ailments, while getting to the root cause of the problem. Tracing its roots to early 17th century Chinese texts, Japanese acupuncture has been making ground since the 1920s, and it now gets as much publicity and credit as Chinese acupuncture. Complaints treated include aggravated stress (fatigue, insomnia, depression); localised pain (headaches); muscle and joint pain; sprains, strains and bruises; gastric problems; immunity support and women’s health issues. Japanese acupuncture is suitable not only for adults but for babies, children and the elderly. The techniques are often gentler and more subtle than those used in TCM. Another major difference is in the language of the treatment. Instead of the traditional concepts of the five elements as in TCM, Japanese acupuncture prefers Western medicine terminology meaning it is easier for patients to understand the diagnosis and the treatment plan. “Japanese acupuncture is different from Chinese acupuncture in a number of ways, but most significantly there is no pain,” says Galit Cohen Nagar, Japanese acupuncturist and reflexology practitioner at the Integrated Medicine Institute in DB and Central. “The needles for Japanese acupuncture are much thinner than the typical TCM needles, and the insertion is quite shallow compared to TCM. Some clients feel a prick when the needle is inserted, many feel nothing at all.” Diagnosis and treatment Following the Kiiko Matsumoto method, Galit works on structural imbalances which can indicate areas of strength and weakness in the body, as well as energy blockages. To uncover the needs of a client and “find disharmony in the body,” Galit uses pulse diagnosis. “While in the West doctors use the pulse to understand heart health, in Chinese medicine you refer to the pulse a bit differently,” she says. “In fact, acording to TCM, we can hear 12 different pulses and each of them represents a different organ system. This means pulse diagnosis allows us to learn about organ health.” Palpation, a form of touch diagnosis, is also used, allowing both practitioner and client to receive instant feedback on how well the session is going. Using palpations, the muscles and joints along the frame of the body are tested to investigate any structural imbalances. This is referred to as root treatment diagnosis. The practitioner then narrows in on diagnosing specific issues by palpating around the abdominal region. The client’s reflexes, as well as the constant feedback he is asked to provide, allow the practioner to determine the treatment protocol. After the diagnosis and treatment plan have been discussed,the needles are inserted. Point selection, point location and needle

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Japanese needles are thin and the insertion is shallow

technique are all important, and vary according to the client’s presenting symptoms. “Needles are placed along the meridian, and sometimes in the painful area, but first we use a distal point to relieve the painful area,” says Galit. Japanese needles are incredibly thin and the insertion is shallow, but the effect is still powerful. Treatment lasts up to an hour, with the practitioner continuing to palpate around the areas the client is experiencing pain or sensitivity. After just 20 minutes of acupuncture treatment, most clients find that their pain has been significantly reduced. Reaping the rewards It is this immediacy of the result that encouraged Galit to move from TCM, which she practiced for eight years, to Japanese acupuncture. “Experiencing immediate relief is important because it enables the patient to play an integral part in his own healing,” Galit says. In most cases follow-up treatments are required, with many people choosing to return monthly to ensure that their energy channels remain open. Galit recommends clients combine acupuncture treatments with yoga, meditation or other lifestyle adjustments, to help them maintain improvements experienced during a session. This holistic approach to healing also involves exploring the nonphysical side of a client’s issues. “Aside from understanding the mechanisms of the body, the function of the musculoskeletal system and inner organs, it is very important that I see how the body and mind work together,” says Galit. “People often forget that physical pain can be linked to emotional issues. After a few sessions, patients realise that we can do more than simply correct the physical body through structural alignment and they begin to help themselves too.”

Galit Cohen Nagar provides Japanese acupuncture and reflexology sessions at the Integrated Medicine Institute in Discovery Bay and Central. For more information, you can contact her on 2537 1087.



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Kayla Lee, Janice Ho and Sienna Bertamini, the finalists in this year’s Around DB and Life on Lantau Young Writer’s Competition, sit down with Sam Agars to discuss penmanship and inspiration

The finalists: Sienna Bertamini, Kayla Lee and Janice Ho


love for writing as an escape from the pressures of school and daily life is something shared by the three finalists of this year’s Around DB and Life on Lantau Young Writer’s Competition (YWC). Kayla Lee, 13, from YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College, Janice Ho, 13, and Sienna Bertamini, 14, both from Discovery Bay International School (DBIS) were the three standouts this year, and all highlighted the role writing plays in ensuring they live a balanced life. Tackling the challenging topic of telling a story from the

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point of view of a famous historical figure, the three finalists delved deep into the minds of complex individuals with skill and imagination. It was then up to judges Peter Sherwood (Sienna), Sharon Lesley Le Roux (Janice) and Trisha Hughes (Kayla) to mentor their selected finalists and help them shape their work. M a k i n g t h e i r s e le c t i o n f ro m e n t r i e s a c ro s s s e v e n schools, the judges also chose three runners-up – Micah

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

Zirkelbach, Seo Jin Park and Maika Ono, all DB residents. Micah, 13, a DBIS student, wrote from the point of view of Jesus Christ, Seo Jin, 14, a Discovery College student, Albert Einstein and Maika Ono, 13, from Island School, Katharine Hepburn. In the subsequent online vote, conducted on the Around DB and Life on Lantau Facebook pages, Tung Chung resident Kayla was crowned the winner of the Bookazine-sponsored competition with 284 votes, while Janice placed second with 116 votes, and Sienna third with 76 votes. You can read the finalists’ stories at articles, and Kayla’s winning story on page 30, but first let’s learn a little more about the writers and their work. Kayla: Josef Mengele It was on noticing that people often write about good people that Kayla chose Josef Mengele, the SS physician, infamous for his inhumane medical experimentation on concentration camp prisoners at Auschwitz during the Second World War. Kayla, who lives in Tung Chung, has Josef grappling with what is right and wrong as he struggles with the lack of recognition for his monstrous deeds.

day have a book published. “I really loved working with Trisha, she taught me how to delve more into the complexity of Josef Mengele,” Kayla says. “I am working on two books at the moment and I have a character who is based on Josef Mengele, my villain, and I thought it would be a good creative exercise for me to get to know my villain for my book.” Trisha says Kayla “listened beautifully and took all of my suggestions on board”, and that she chose her story because it was different from the rest. “For a 13-year-old I could see a lot of emotion in there,” says Trisha, the author of best-selling memoir Daughters of Nazareth and the just-published historical novel, Vikings to Virgin: The Hazards of being King. “If she can produce this now at 13, then she has got the world at her feet.” It only took minor tweaks to enhance Kayla’s story. “Her story was good, but I knew it could be better,” Trisha says. “I knew she had it in her because she had already brought out a lot of the arrogance and the disdain of what Mengele was like.” Janice: Anne Frank

Kayla says she wanted to write from Josef’s point of view because “people tend to see others in only black and white. I decided to write about Josef Mengele so that I could detail the depths of the human personality.”

The holocaust theme continues in Janice’s work, with the DB resident choosing Anne Frank, one of the most well-known victims of Hitler’s Nazi Germany. Janice chose Anne for two reasons – her interest in the holocaust and because she was learning about her in drama class.

Through her work with Trisha, Kayla was able to add depth to her writing, something she hopes will help her in her goal to one

“The hiding part of her life really stood out to me and that is what she is well known for,” Janice says. “I don’t usually write diary

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entries so it was different and I really enjoyed writing it.” Janice feels she is a better writer after working with her mentor, Sharon, calling the experience amazing. “She taught me how to drag someone into the story and how to make the reader read in Anne Frank’s voice,” Janice says. Sharon, who runs creative writing workshops for kids through The Story Studio, was impressed by Janice’s original work and says that only minimal changes were needed. “Her piece was really insightful, it obviously touched her, the Anne Frank story, as she really got in character,” she says. “She was really good at showing what was happening in the house and the tensions; she was really good at showing, not telling.”

It’s clear that Sienna gained a lot from working with her mentor Peter, the author of 15 books and a former South China Morning Post columnist. “What I took out of it the most was that to really connect with the reader, you have to understand who you are writing about,” Sienna says. “I had to really research into what Harriet Tubman did and try to connect with how she felt, therefore the reader could feel that same way. Peter really showed me how to do that and gave me some really great tips.” Peter chose Sienna’s piece not because he initially thought it was the best, but because he felt it showed great promise.

Sienna: Harriet Tubman

“Sienna showed she could feel what her subject was experiencing,” he says. “She was able to colour her story with the atmosphere of the situation. She is naturally curious and I thought she had the potential to improve her story further.”

Sienna chose to write from the perspective of Harriet Tubman, a humanitarian famous for her work freeing slaves during the American Civil War. The young DB resident explores Harriet’s thoughts during one of her missions to release slaves, having chosen her as a follow-up to a Year 7 project.

For Sienna, the process has only been a positive one: “The main benefit for me was that overall my writing has improved, especially when I’m writing in historical context. I just find it relaxing, putting words down on paper, it’s a place for other people to see it. I really like what writing can do.”

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Josef Mengele, 1911-1979


never imagined I would find solace in my solitude on the shores of Argentina. The warm feeling of golden sand fades as I step into the midmost mulch, and I search for my homeland over the horizon, millions of miles away. The waves beckon to me, seemingly willing to wash away any traces of so-called sin. The bitter tang of salt on the wind and the ominous calls of seabirds worsen the explosions in my head, elevating them from mere fireworks to nuclear demons at full velocity. Nobody here knows me. There are no admirers here to sing my praises. It irritates me to think that there are people in the world who go to sleep at night without worries, people who have never known the great deeds I’ve done for them. The first day at Auschwitz My head is pounding, so unlike my heart. It does no good to follow the heart. I am a sadist, and rightfully so. Kindness would have gotten me nowhere in these times. I was respected – feared, even, by the strongest of my subordinates. I had the power of life and death in my hands, the power to either condemn prisoners to a painful end or reach out to them as a saviour. I was Julius Caesar and they were the slaves. Or rather, I was the Angel of Death, cold and aloof, separated from mortal woes. I remember the first day at Auschwitz, the hordes of bewildered, trembling creatures herded like cattle. Mothers clutched their children and husbands as if their lives depended on it. Not that it mattered – most of them would have been dead within the year, if not for my intervention. They stank like the dead, and looked halfway there.

into thinking that they deserved the right of German citizens. Liquid has replaced the air. I breathe involuntarily. The migraines have finally left me, long enough for me to have my final thoughts. I hope it ends quickly for me. Will the world know all there is about me? No, I think, as I sink to the bottom, lungs screaming for air as the merciless waves batter me bruised. There is one more thing they don’t know. I am no monster. It was my duty to contribute to science in the grand scheme of the world. But there is a beast in each and every one of us, and it is futile to struggle to cage it. The bubbles stream from my mouth as I smile for the last time. There is no light at the end of the tunnel. Nor are the cruel clutches of hellfire waiting to hold me in their grasp – the end I had once accepted. It’s too late for regrets now.

In the Around DB and Life on Lantau Young Writer’s Competition 2017, DB and Lantau secondary school students were asked to write from the point of view of a famous historical figure. Congratulations to the winner Kayla Lee, to Janice Ho, who placed second, and to Sienna Bertamini, who placed third. A well-deserved shout-out also goes to the three runners-up: Micah Zirkelbach, Seo Jin Park and Maika Ono. To read all about this year’s competition and the talented writers involved, turn to page 26. For photos from the YWC prize-giving, sponsored by Bookazine, turn to page 6.

Those foolish soldiers were too idiotic to realise the potential that the prisoners had as my lab rats. All they cared about was their bloody glory. They never realised the full extent I would go to in order to help them, and all of my fellow Nazis. This was my gateway to greatness, and my chance to raise myself above the pawns. And with the earnings that have been hard won by myself, I’ve managed to give my family a good life and future. Rolf, my dear son, will never have to struggle for food nor money. There is a beast in every one of us I am strangely calm as the tainted water envelopes me, seeping through my nostrils and into my lungs. I get up with an aching body and iron will, and tread deeper. And speaking of Rolf, was he the same as all the gypsy twins who called me Uncle Josef? Could they have been just as human and innocent as he was in infantile form, just as susceptible to pain? Did Irene shudder at the thought of my work when Rolf asked what his father did to ensure the both of them were safe and well? Did she think of me as a monster not unlike the ones from my own son’s childhood tales? Or was I a hero to her just as much as I was to Rolf, another man fighting to win the war? No. They were vermin, rightfully exterminated. They would have poisoned the pure bloodlines, and manipulated the innocent Aryans

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June/ July 2017




On your day off and when the skies are blue, put on those sunglasses and jump on an early ferry to Peng Chau. Within 20 minutes, you’ll find yourself well off the beaten track, writes Jason Pagliari

Photo by Jason Pagliari


20-minute boat ride north-east from Mui Wo on the Inter-Island Ferry lies the sleepy island of Peng Chau, familiar from a distance to all who take the ferry into town. Its rustic charm invites Lantauers to head over for a half day or longer and enjoy the peaceful village atmosphere, with some good hiking, ‘templing’ and dining options available.

for fertility. The Tin Hau Temple, meanwhile, houses a Qing dynasty stone tablet that attests to a deal the then government made with the villagers, not to commandeer their fishing vessels in the ongoing war on piracy. There are several festivals a year here, including a ghost festival in August for which Taoist monks are brought in from China.

Arriving at the pier, you notice the avenue of Banyan trees going inland and the old folks sitting out, chewing the fat. There’s a Wellcome on the left and an enormous modern sports hall on the right, with facilities that rival those found in Mui Wo. The sleepy main strip, Wing On Street, is lined with old-style stores supplying the usual assortment of Cantonese snacks, cakes, stationary and... bikes.

Taking a hike

A bustling industrial centre during the 70s, thanks to its lime kiln and match factory, Peng Chau is now best known for its temples. At Lung Mo (Dragon Mother) Temple, you can touch the ‘dragon bed’ for good luck and at Seven Sisters Temple, pray 40  LIFE ON LANTAU June/ July 2017

A good plan for the day is to walk clockwise round the island. The coastal trail takes you past some nice beaches and the landmark Fisherman Rock, a precariously balanced boulder over the sea. The trail then cuts inland through jungle before emerging at a horseshoe bay, facing east, where there are barbeque facilities on the beach. On a clear day the ICC mega tower in West Kowloon looks surprisingly close, reminding you of the island’s proximity to modern civilisation. Next up, you’ll want to climb Finger Hill, the highest point of the island at 95

metres, with its panoramic views and giant boulders. The ascent is well signposted, and you can stop for a cold drink at the little shop halfway up, with its rickety table and chairs and non-stop AM radio music. There’s a trail down the other side of Finger Hill to a pagoda on the island’s east side, if you feel you haven’t walked far enough. Some recommended places to rest up and eat, mostly on Wing On Street, include the two Thai restaurants Tino Club and Chok Dee, and the newly opened Old China Hand. The Viet is a friendly café with good curries and Kee Sum has a decent all-day breakfast, but top of the list has to be Chicken Wing Chan’s, next to the abandoned cinema. ‘Orange chicken’ and, in the summer months, ‘special fried prawns’ are specialties of the house. It’s hard to imagine what will become of Peng Chau should the proposed East Lantau Metropolis be given the go-ahead just offshore. At least for now, day trippers can still enjoy this tranquil island in its timeless state.

Life on Lantau June/ July 2017  

Life On Lantau is a community magazine for visitors and residents.

Life on Lantau June/ July 2017  

Life On Lantau is a community magazine for visitors and residents.