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Issue 14 / AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2013 www.lifeonlantau.com

VITAL INFRASTRUCTURE FOR LANTAU

North Lantau Hospital

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CONTENTS REGULARS

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06 SHOPPING CART

What to wear, watch, read, use and splurge on!

08 HIT THE TRAILS

Head out for a fun adventure

10 AROUND LANTAU

A look at what’s happening around Lantau Island

18 KIDS’ CORNER Back to school

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20 LITTLE CHEF

Delicious chocolate-dipped fruit and a refreshing Spider drink!

CRAFTY KIDS Frame it!

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22 PARENTING

Supporting children’s emergent reading and writing skills

24 HEALTH AND FITNESS

A start-up guide for first-timers

26 HEALTH AND FITNESS

Boost your health and wellbeing with meditation

27 KITCHEN KAPERS

Show-stopping salads!

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30 ASK THE VET

What treats can my kids make for my cat and dog? How often should I clean my dog’s ears?

FINANCE

Family protection – Part 3

31 TRAVEL

Middle Earth – Part 2

32 COMMUNITY

Some fun snaps from around Lantau

STEP’N OUT

Where to find a tranquil spa experience

FEATURES 04 NORTH LANTAU HOSPITAL

Another much-needed development in Tung Chung

14 COMO LAKE

An authentic taste of Italy in Mui Wo

16 PLANET 21

Green Hospitality – Part 2

28 RESPECT THE (NATURE OF THE) ROAD South Lantau Road

33 GIVEAWAYS

Lots of prizes to be won!

34 SPOTLIGHT – WOMEN IN BUSINESS Dee Allan

LANTAU STUDENTS EXCEL

Discovery College students win academic medals

35 CLASSIFIEDS 36 DIRECTORY & DISTRIBUTION 37 ASK US

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MARKETING DIRECTOR Britt Schwaabe

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When the government decided to develop Tung Chung as a New Town back in 1994, there were extensive plans for development in the area. We have seen huge changes over the years, with residential construction and tourist facilities dominating the landscape. Most of us would agree however, that there was a crucial piece of the plan missing in our community. With our nearest hospital being the Princess Margaret Hospital in Kwai Chung, it seemed a frighteningly long way to have to go in an emergency. Well, the wait is over. The North Lantau hospital is about to open its doors on 24 September, and we are thrilled to bring you the latest information on this much-needed facility. While it’s not somewhere we hope to need to visit, it’s certainly reassuring to know it’s there if we need it. Check out page 4 for the latest update. With the start of the new school year looming, many families are returning from their trips back home, while others are enjoying the last few weeks of the fabulous activities Lantau has to offer our little ones. Check out our ‘Around Lantau’ section for information on the latest events around the island. At Life on Lantau, the summer has brought about some changes for us. Many of you have had the pleasure of meeting our Editorial Director Natasha. The time has come for Tash and her family to move back home to Australia, so while we’ll miss her bubbly personality around our community, the good news is that Tash will continue her role from Down Under. We are also thrilled to welcome Britt to the team, so Life on Lantau just got bigger and better, and international! Don’t forget to enter our Giveaways competition – there are some fabulous prizes to be won. See page 33 for details. Happy reading everyone!

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Danielle & Natasha


By Danielle Higgins

The development of Tung Chung is an ongoing project, which began in 1994 to coincide with the opening of the new Chek Lap Kok airport on Lantau Island. Once a sleepy fishing village, Tung Chung has been developed into a modern town, with a growing population and construction projects planned well into the future.

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The North Lantau Hospital is a project which, for those who live on Lantau Island, has been long awaited. Currently, North Lantau (including Tung Chung) has been covered by the Kowloon West Cluster of the Hospital Authority, which also serves the population of Mong Kok, Wong Tai Sin, Sham Shui Po, Kwai Tsing and Tsuen Wan, which have an estimated population of 1.9 million. There are seven hospitals within the Kowloon West Cluster, but none of them are on Lantau Island. Currently, the closest hospital to North Lantau by road transport is Princess Margaret Hospital. Due to the location of the Hong Kong International Airport and the tourist facilities in North Lantau, along with the population growth and development in the area, the government decided there was a need for a public hospital to be built. The North Lantau Hospital will be implemented in two phases. Phase one will provide 180 beds (including 80 acute beds, 80 extended care beds and 20 day beds); a 24-hour Accident and Emergency department; diagnostic and treatment facilities; and ambulatory care services including specialist outpatient clinics, primary care clinics, a day rehabilitation centre, an ambulatory surgery/day procedure centre and community care services. North Lantau Hospital will open on 24 September 2013. The hospital departments will open in phases, but given that Accident & Emergency services are the primary concern for the residents of Lantau, it is reassuring to know that A&E services will be among the first type of service to be available upon opening. The service of A&E will initially be 8 hours per day (9 am to 5 pm), to be extended to 16 hours by January 2014.

The General Outpatient Clinic in the Tung Chung Health Centre will be relocated to the new hospital in September 2013. Medicine and Psychiatry Specialist Outpatient Clinics will be available upon commencement of A&E services, along with Physiotherapy and occupational therapy services. Community nursing service, community geriatric outreach and community psychiatric outreach services will also be in place starting from September 2013. It is planned that, subject to the availability of manpower, 24-hour A&E services and an Emergency Medicine Ward will be provided in the third quarter of 2014. Other specialist outpatient clinics such as surgery, orthopaedics, gynaecology and paediatrics, will be opened in phases subject to manpower availability and service demand. These specialist services will continue to be provided by other hospitals in the Kowloon West Cluster, until North Lantau Hospital is running at full operating capacity. The hospital offers some unique facilities. It is the first public hospital in Hong Kong to provide bathroom facilities for each 6-bed cubicle. Additionally, it has been constructed using energysaving and environmental systems such as energy-efficient curtain walls, photovoltaic and solar water panels, rainwater conservation for irrigation, skylights in the rooms and sensor lighting. This “green� initiative is present throughout the hospital. One of the most unique features of the hospital is the outdoor rehabilitation garden, which offers patients various forms of tactile and sensory experiences to aid recovery. North Lantau Hospital is located at the corner of Yu Tung Road and Chung Yan Road, near Yat Tung Estate.


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WISH LIST!

JOSEPH JOSEPH CHOP 2 POT Chop 2 Pot cutting board is a durable, knife-friendly cutting surface for food preparation. But when the handle is squeezed, the sides of the board fold up, forming a chute down which chopped food or waste can be neatly guided. Available at Taste supermarket. $168

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BEAUTIFUL RUINS By Jess Walter The New York Times bestseller Beautiful Ruins is the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962… and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later. $153

CONCERT BUBBLE MAGIC Pep Bou’s Wonderful World of Bubbles The joyful two-man show continues the fleeting beauty of bubbles with clowning, ingenious lighting, colourful music and crazy costumes. Bubble Magic is a 65-minute visual and comic feast for children and adults alike. 3–13 October Tickets start from $395

MOSHI MONSTERS ANNUAL 2014 Take to the Seventy Seas around Monstro City and explore the islands with Buck and his crew for new pirate booty. But watch out, the dastardly Dr Strangeglove is searching for the same treasure! $136

AIR SUPPLY LIVE IN HONG KONG The legendary British-Australian pop rock hit-making duo is bringing its powerful signature sound to Hong Kong. 11 August AsiaWorld-Expo Tickets $680

FRANKIE’S MAGIC FOOTBALL By Frank Lampard Frankie and his team love playing football. There’s always time for a game. But when they win an old football at a carnival, they’re going to be transported to a magical world of football they never knew existed! Can Frankie and his team beat the Pirate Pillagers and make their way home? Includes game cards inside. $85

DISNEYLIVE! MICKEY’S MAGIC SHOW Come and see Mickey and his friends come together with a world-class illusionist to perform magic from the legendary Disney films. Tickets start from $150 21–25 August Star Hall, Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre Ticket hotline 3128 8288 • www.hkticketing.com

CINEMA KICK-ASS 2 (ACTION/COMEDY) His heroic antics having inspired a city-wide wave of masked vigilantes, Kick-Ass joins their ranks to help clean up the streets, only to face a formidable challenge when the vengeful Red Mist transforms himself into the world’s first super villain. In this sequel, Kick-Ass and Mindy/Hit Girl are about to graduate high school and become a crime-fighting duo when their noble plans are foiled by Mindy’s strict parents. In cinemas 15 August. THE INTERNSHIP (COMEDY) Billy and Nick are salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital world. Trying to prove they are not obsolete, they defy the odds by talking their way into a coveted internship at Google, along with a battalion of brilliant college students. But, gaining entrance to this utopia is only half the battle. Now they must compete with a group of the nation’s most elite, tech-savvy geniuses to prove that necessity really is the mother of re-invention. In cinemas 29 August. Ticketing hotline 2317 6666 • www.cityline.com

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1000 ULTIMATE ADVENTURES – Lonely Planet Are you hankering to tackle a longdistance trek, or an icy mountain peak? 1000 Ultimate Adventures b rin g s to g e t h e r a ct i v i t i e s a nd challenges to captivate and inspire gung-ho adventurers and armchair travellers alike. $230

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Night Away Fancy a night away but want to stay on Lantau Island? Try Auburge in Discovery Bay for a quick getaway – it promises a spacious room with a comfortable bed, and great views of the city. www.aubergediscoverybay.com

Wear PARA’KITO WRISTBANDS The Para’Kito pellets diffuse a blend of seven essential oils extracted from plants, which naturally protect from mosquitoes. Great for the kids, can be worn on the wrists or ankles. Available from Wellcome and Mannings Pharmacy. $150


HIT THE TRAILS

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FUN ADVENTURE By Danielle Higgins

Finding ways to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays is often challenging. In this issue of Hit the Trails we are packing up a picnic and getting the kids out there in the hills for a fun adventure!

We are heading up to the Pagoda, following the path of the very popular trail between Tung Chung and Mui Wo. Set aside a few hours for this hike, as there is a lot of fun to be had along the way. Make sure you are all wearing suitable footwear, a hat and sunscreen, and bring along plenty of water and snacks. From Tung Chung MTR station, head up to level 2 of Citygate Mall and walk to the end of the mall. As you leave the mall (through the doors next to Sasa), take the steps on the right down to Man Tung Road, turn right and walk along the road behind the residential towers until you reach the gas station on Hei Tung Street. Keep to the right and you will see a dirt path next to the gas station, which will take you out onto the waterfront path. The kids will love seeing the trains go whizzing by, and if you have adventurous kids, they might enjoy walking along the rocks. This is great for balance and co-ordination, but do take care.

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When you reach the underpass, follow the path down under the road and continue alongside the water. A little further along, the path splits – make sure you stay to the right. Follow the path and a bit further along you’ll get to a bridge. Head off the path and make your way down to the water – this is a great place to stop for a snack, a drink and some fun splashing around and cooling off in the water. After a nice cool rest, head back onto the path, past Ngau Kwu Long Village and follow the signs to Mui Wo. There is a long uphill stretch coming up, so try to distract the kids with some fun games: play ‘I Spy’, have a scavenger hunt or even make up some songs while you’re walking. Hopefully this will take their minds off the fact that it’s hard work walking up big hills! As you near the top of the hill, you’ll see a path that leads off to the right. Good news kids, we’re almost there! Head up the steps to the pagoda and pull out that picnic. It’s time for a snack, a drink and high fives all around for making it to the top!

As you enjoy a well-deserved rest and some food, check out the spectacular scenery all around you and take comfort in the fact that the walk home is almost all downhill! Introducing children to hiking at an early age provides so many benefits: teaching them to enjoy and respect nature, promoting an active outdoor lifestyle and providing good quality time together. Remember that hiking is supposed to be fun, so let them walk at their pace and enjoy exploring their surroundings. With plenty of planning, patience and time, you can enjoy an adventure together that is healthy, educational and lots of fun for the whole family. This information is provided for reference only. Hiking trails vary in levels of difficulty. It is essential to bring suitable equipment and ensure you are in adequate physical condition to undertake any hike. Life on Lantau assumes no responsibility for injury as a result of the use of the information in this article.


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AROUND LANTAU

Novotel Citygate Hong Kong Proudly Presents: Maryjane at Andante

TUNG CHUNG RUGBY CLUB Kids are welcome to join this newly established rugby club in Tung Chung. Ages 2–3 years, 4–6 years, 7+ years To register go to Facebook Tung Chung Rugby Club or turn up on one of these training days below.

Maryjane Alejo, a professional musician from the Philippines, will bring her live performances to Andante each Monday to Saturday night. Maryjane has been a professional artist for more than a decade. She has performed cover and original tunes with a wide array of genres from folk, blues, soul, jazz, reggae, pop, rock and many others live on stage. Come and enjoy her live performances in Andante. Happy Hour runs daily from 5pm–8pm. For enquiries, call Novotel Citygate Hong Kong 3602 8828.

When: 11 & 25 Aug, 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 Sept, 8.00 am–9.30 am Where: Man Tung Road Park Tung Chung Don’t forget to bring your water bottle, hat, sunscreen & mosquito repellent!

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360 Martial Arts Extravaganza On the Ngong Ping 360 stage, Shaolin masters will compare their agile boxing styles with Jeet Kune Do gurus famed for their fusion of Eastern and Western martial arts styles. Event period: 29 June to 1 September 2013 Venue: Ngong Ping Village Don’t miss their spectacular performances!

Barclays MoonTrekker is Hong Kong’s most exciting hiking event that attracts intrepid adventurers from across the world. They put their endurance to the test by hiking Lantau Peak overnight with the aim of reaching its summit before sunrise. Those who do are able to experience Hong Kong’s finest dawn view. The 27 km and 40 km routes begin in Mui Wo, on Lantau Island. Now in its fifth year, the event has raised over $3 million for our nominated charity - Room To Read. The funds have been used to build over 30 classrooms, libraries and schools across Asia, impacting the lives of thousands of children. Barclays MoonTrekker wouldn’t be possible without the support of the many volunteers and race-crew who dedicate their time each year. By volunteering to help, you are up for a fun night, as well as supporting a fantastic cause. If you would like to find out more about becoming involved, please email us at info@moontrekker.com For more information, see www.barclaysmoontrekker.com WHEN: 25 Oct 2013

FOOD HUB THE HIT ROOM Finally a gym on Lantau Island that has the best full body workout! BODYPUMP classes are now available in Discovery Bay’s new gym The Hit Room. Check out thehitroom.com.hk for more information on what classes they offer and the time schedule. Phone: 6621 7410

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We all want convenience when it comes to food. Well it seems like the new wave in convenience food has arrived in Tung Chung in the form of Food Hub. The premise is simple; all your favourite takeaways and restaurant menus, as well as fresh meats and wines, available in one place: www. foodhub.com.hk. Place your order and they’ll deliver it to you. Following Food Hub’s launch in Tung Chung, the service has proven a hit with Tung Chung’s crowd and with over 1,000 orders in the second month. Offering a variety of menus and foods to choose from, Food Hub is the new way to “eat in”.


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Air Supply Live in Hong Kong 2013 11 August 2013 AsiaWorld-Expo, Hall 10 The legendary British-Australian pop rock duo, Air Supply is bringing its powerful signature ballad to Hong Kong for a one night only performance at AsiaWorld-Expo. Air Supply had a succession of hits worldwide including “All Out of Love” and “Lost in Love”, fans should not miss this opportunity to catch their amazing performance live!

Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil 23-25 August 2013 AsiaWorld-Expo, Arena This is an once-in-a-lifetime electrifying production that combines Michael Jackson’s music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil’s creativity to give fans worldwide a unique view into the spirit and passion of this global pop icon. Written and directed by Michael Jackson collaborator, Jamie King, this show contextualises Michael’s artistic legacy in the tradition of the legendary Cirque du Soleil. Act fast to see the music of an artistic legend brought to life on Hong Kong’s greatest stage!

Suede Live in Hong Kong 2013 29 September 2013 AsiaWorld-Expo, Hall 10 One of the most influential Brit-Pop bands, Suede, is coming back to AsiaWorld-Expo for a live concert celebrating the launch of their long-awaited new album. The decadent, glamorous music that is the signature of Suede is set to rock the stage in Hong Kong!

New Restaurant in Mui Wo COMO LAKE, Italian Coffee Bar & Restaurant Location: Cooked Food Market , Mui Wo, entrance at the roundabout The place is surprisingly spacious and has a clean style with big windows that allow a peek into the kitchen. It’s not on the waterside like the Chinese Seafood Restaurants, but off the street there is an enclosed area for outdoor seating with a big awning. They serve food from noon to 10 pm and have a big menu, with special dishes on a blackboard.

The Bear is back Locals and visitors to South Lantau had to endure a couple of weeks with a reduced pub-food source, when the China Bear (Lantau’s famous pub at the ferry pier in Mui Wo) was undergoing renovations. The China Bear got a bigger kitchen and two brand new bathrooms, a much better use of the space inside. Now they are even better equipped to cope with crowds streaming in to refuel after a long day at work or a hike on Lantau’s peaks. We heard a menu update is in the making as well!

Linkin Park “Living Things” World Tour Live in Hong Kong 2013 15 August 2013 AsiaWorld-Expo, Arena Linkin Park, the Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum alternative rock band, will make their triumphant return to perform at AsiaWorld-Expo, Arena. With the critical and popular success of the brand new Living Things World Tour, Hong Kong fans surely are looking forward to this spectacular performance.

Lantana reopened on Cheung Sha Beach The venue for Italian fare on Cheung Sha Beach, Lantana, has reopened its doors after a complete overhaul of the premises. The covered outside patio is as nice as before and the inside now has a sleek new look with grey walls, purple light and stylish wooden Chinese doors. The menu didn’t change, so if you are looking for freshly made salad, pasta and pizza, head to Lantana (past the Stoep and the High Tide).

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AROUND LANTAU

‘At Home in DB’ hosts Newcomers ‘Meet & Greet’ Coffee Morning

Winter Charity Ball in aid of Love Without Boundaries

Newcomers arriving in DB and returning residents have the perfect opportunity to meet new people and establish new friendships in an informal ‘Meet & Greet’ Coffee morning on Tuesday 27 August 2013, from 9 am to 12 noon in DB North Plaza.

The Tung Chung Women’s Club will be hosting their annual charity ball on 23 November 2013 at the SkyCity Marriot hotel in aid of the Love Without Boundaries Foundation.

During the coffee morning, participants will have the opportunity to chat with established residents, many of whom run small businesses in the community. It is also the perfect occasion to ask questions, get tips and recommendations, gather key information and to find out about life in DB!

Love Without Boundaries is a non-profit organisation that assists needy children in China by providing education, foster care, healing homes, medical aid, nutrition and orphanage assistance. The event aims to raise funds specifically for the medical and healing homes program, providing surgery and treatment as well as providing aftercare in a warm and safe environment.

Of course, the coffee morning equally welcomes those DB residents who are looking to establish new connections and friendships, having farewelled friends who have left Hong Kong over the summer. The entry fee of $100 covers refreshments and a welcome pack. There will also be special offers for newcomers and a lucky door prize. Registration and payment is available online at www. athomeindb.com. ‘At Home in DB’ is a local business offering a variety of courses, services, products and information designed to benefit both DB newcomers and long-term residents alike.

Cost: $950 per person, or $9500 for a table seating 10 people. This includes all drinks, canapes and a served three-course meal. A live band will provide entertainment and will offer guests the opportunity to enjoy the dance floor. Please contact the Tung Chung Women’s Club at TCWC2010@ gmail.com (For attention: Jolene) for further information, or visit our Facebook page. If you are unable to attend the event, you could still participate by donating funds, raffle prizes and items to be sold at the silent auction.

For more information, visit the website www.athomeindb.com or follow us on Facebook – www.facebook.com/athomeindb

Breaking News: It’s OK to be human Chances are the things you struggle with are the same things those around you struggle with. We humans are much the same, but we often keep quiet about our challenges for fear of being judged or looking bad. Life on Lantau is kicking off an exciting new column that we hope will help you breathe a sigh of relief and realise it’s OK to be human. The column will be called ‘Behind Closed Doors’ and our goal is to share real-life stories that demystify common issues that are seldom discussed publically. Names and details can be changed, but most of all we’d love to share real-life stories and offer practical strategies that have helped make a difference for you. If you would like to help us get the ball rolling and feel you might have something to offer toward the following topics, please send an email with your contact details to steve@lifeonlantau.com. Your details will not be shared and you will always get to check the draft before it is published.

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COMMUNITY

Summer fun For kids in Macau The DreamWorks Experience brings family-friendly themed entertainment to Cotai Strip Resorts in Macau this summer. The arrival of the DreamWorks characters represents an exciting first for Macau. Guests will have the opportunity to see and interact with well-known DreamWorks franchise characters: Po from Kung Fu Panda; Shrek, Fiona and Puss in Boots from Shrek; Alex the lion, King Julien and the penguins from Madagascar, and Toothless and Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon. Guests can enjoy numerous DreamWorks experiences, such as Shrekfast with the DreamWorks Gang (a DreamWorksthemed buffet breakfast); a daily DreamWorks All Star Parade; poolside activities; meet-and-greets at Paradise Gardens with Shrek and Fiona in their swamp house, Po in his Chinese garden, Alex the lion and friends at the circus, and Toothless and Hiccup in a superb Viking setting; and much more. Sheraton Macao Hotel and Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central are each running themed DreamWorks Experience packages for stays from 1 July to 30 September, starting at HKD 1,498.* Sheraton Macao Hotel is also introducing the DreamWorks Themed Family Suite Exclusive Package, starting from HKD 2,668.* For more information, visit www.sandscotaicentral.com. *All rates are in MOP/HKD and subject to 5% government tax and 10% service charge. Terms and conditions apply.

Dinosaurs LIVE at The Venetian is an interactive and educational exhibition that allows visitors the chance to travel 250 million years into the past to see just how these “terrible lizards” looked, sounded and moved. From 1 July to 1 October, the lifelike dinosaurs are on exhibit in a 2,500 square metre (27,000 square foot) jungle setting at The Venetian Macao’s CotaiExpo Hall F. Children are able to ride on the back of an Iguanodon, a Protoceratops, or a Triceratops, and a 45-minute 3D dinosaur movie is available for viewing in a 120-seat cinema. Tickets for Dinosaurs LIVE at The Venetian start at MOP/HKD 80 (adult) and MOP/HKD 50 (children), with a family package available for MOP/HKD 232. For more information, visit w w w. v e n e t i a n m a c a o . c o m / macau-shows/dinosaurs-live.


FEATURE

Como Lake

By Currin Cooley

An Authentic Taste of Italy in Mui Wo

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I was on my way to Mui Wo riding one of the few buses that has a manual transmission, with ‘the driver’ who seems to enjoy racing that bus. Coming from Pui O, I received a call from my friend, wondering where I was, in order to catch up over a couple of beers. When I asked where he was calling from, he said “Somewhere around Como Lake.” Great, I thought – now he is in Italy; a few weeks ago he was in Belgium. No, wait! He explained that he had returned and was with a friend drinking beer, overlooking Como Lake – a restaurant – in the Mui Wo Cooked Food Market. “Really? Where are you?” Then he explained that they were sitting at the perfect vantage point of Chau Kee Store, a local hang-out. And they noticed a new marque for ‘Como Lake’. I know Lago di Como, in the Northern region of Italy, and its neighbouring country of Switzerland. Having lived in and travelled through Europe, I know that Como is one city that sits at the end of this lake of historic significance. It has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times. Renowned as one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe, it is 146 square kilometres and over 400 metres deep, and of glacial origin from the Alps that form the border with Switzerland.

Service and style: You will be greeted upon entering and Fulvio is ever attentive to the guests and spends time explaining menu items and how to enjoy them. It will be a cultural experience that may surprise many. “The food is authentic and not contaminated,” Fulvio says, meaning that they do not use cream, butter or stock cubes, but instead make their own pesto and stocks, and use the highest quality ingredients. Discerning customers will notice the difference. “We don’t put parmesan cheese on your pizza!” Do not expect to be rushed, and do not expect fast food. Excellent food takes time. For example, if you order risotto you had better plan on it taking 20 minutes to arrive, and therefore enjoy your wine and dipping bread in the ‘olio extra vergine di olivia e balsamico’. The Slow Food Society originated in Italy in opposition to McDonalds and fast-food eating instead of timeless deliberate dining; slow food is what you can enjoy at Como Lake. When any new establishment opens its doors, there will be a period of ‘process in progress’ as the ambiance is created and evolves. The idea is to come and stay, to enjoy your food, drinks, friends, and the music.

It serves as a quick getaway from the busy life in Milano. So as a mild comparison, Como Lake restaurant in Mui Wo may serve as a sane retreat from Central HK, or for anyone on Lantau Island.

Indoors is served by cool air conditioning, and the extensive outdoor canopy provides protection from the sun and any falling fluid elements.

Introducing the ‘best new taste’ in Mui Wo at Como Lake

The menu consists of what you would expect if you were driving to Lago di Como from Milano, and stopping in for lunch or dinner: antipasti, risotto, soups, pasta, pesce, carne, pizza, desserts, and beverages. I often cannot decide between the array, but always finish with gelato, or affogato.

If you thought you knew about the Cooked Food Market, you would be advised to look again as Northern Italian Cuisine has just arrived. Already people are talking about this restaurant, and visiting and enjoying this spirited enterprise that is passionately Italian, serving authentic, traditional food freshly prepared with well sourced ingredients. Fulvio, the principal owner and inspiration behind this establishment, deplores the ‘globalisation’ of food. He purports that the dilution or neutralisation of food to conform to some local context destroys the original flavour, taste, texture, colour, and aroma by mixing it with artificially concocted ideas and ingredients. To learn more about this dining experience, I have had to spend several hours observing and participating in the ambiance of what will become a favourite ‘corner of Italy in Mui Wo’, while of course taste-testing a variety of white and red wines. Here you will hear the Italian language and accent coming from Fulvio the visionary owner, and Gian Piero, the chef. Both bring significant worldwide experience from the food and beverage industry to Lantau Island.

Watching the day-to-day start-up, the experienced service staff are in tune as they learn the efficiencies of attentive dining service. And if you are wondering where Connie went . . . she is managing here. Location: It is the most visible from the roads entering or departing from Mui Wo. If arriving by First Ferry, turn right at the pier and walk for three minutes. Como Lake is not buried in the middle of the Market but is on the outside corner. While it does not overlook the harbour, you are very nearby. Stall Nos. 2 and 4, Mui Wo Cooked Food Market, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, HK Tel: 2984 0009 Now serving lunch and dinner. Closed on Mondays.

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Green hospitality part 2 By Rob McGovern

Accor’s PLANET 21 initiative was launched last year and promised to reinvent the hotels of the future, “for a hotel industry that is sustainable, responsible, innovative and open to the world” according to Denis Hennequin, Accor chairman and chief executive officer. As we mentioned in the last issue of Life on Lantau , the initiative has some pretty lofty goals. To follow up, we spoke to Chris Messer, Accor’s Asia Pacific sustainable development and public relations manager, and Nicholas Cullum, the general manager of the Novotel Citygate Hong Kong.

image source: http://accor.com


FEATURE

Life on Lantau (LoL): Overall, how do you think PLANET 21 has gone?

LoL: Can you tell us some of the major difficulties you have faced since implementing PLANET 21?

Chris Messer (CM): A year into the program, we have seen a positive impact of PLANET 21 on our sustainable development performance and growing involvement by our hoteliers. One way of measuring progress is to look at the number of actions our hotels are implementing. To be considered a PLANET 21-compliant hotel, a property must qualify for PLANET 21 Bronze by completing ten basic actions, such as installing low-flow water regulators and energy-efficient lighting, offering healthy meal options, implementing recycling programs and using eco-labelled cleaning products. These actions tend to have the biggest immediate impact in terms of reducing consumption, or are the ones our guests have indicated they care about the most (hotels can progress to Silver, Gold and Platinum status as they complete additional actions). Before the program’s launch in early 2012, 24% of hotels worldwide performed at PLANET 21 Bronze, which has increased to over 60% today.

NC: Generally the challenge involves changing behaviour, which to me is all about communication and training; whether that is for our staff or guests or both. Changing equipment is generally easy, it’s mostly about ensuring the change in equipment or technology does not impact in a negative way on the guest’s experience or stay. From an owner’s point of view, new technologies may involve capital costs but prove to be cost effective and offer savings in the long term.

LoL: Can you give us an overview of the 21 goals you set for yourself for 2015, and how you are doing in terms of reaching those goals? Nicholas Cullum (NC): The 21 commitments centre around

seven pillars, featuring three commitments each. The seven pillars are: health, nature, carbon, innovation, local, employment and dialogue. Examples of the implementation of some of these policies locally are: • Use of motion sensors in public bathrooms, which reduces water waste and reduces risk of spreading some diseases. • Recycling bins in guest rooms; two bins in each guest room asking guests to separate recyclable and non-recyclable items. • Waste food is collected every day and recycled into animal food by an external company. • Timers for reducing electricity use; wide use of LED lighting throughout. • Use of eco-friendly packaging throughout the hotel, containers and amenities. • Promoting local food products, purchasing milk from Trappist Monastery in Lantau. • Banning the serving of endangered seafood species in our restaurants. Novotel Citygate is on track to achieve PLANET 21 Platinum status by 2015.

LoL: How has Hong Kong performed in terms of meeting targets compared to other locations? CM: Our five properties in Hong Kong are leaders in sustainability

within Accor. Today, all five properties perform at PLANET 21 Bronze or higher, compared to a global average of 60%. The Novotel properties have all achieved an environmental management certification.

LoL: How are you doing with actively engaging hotel owners to bring more franchised and managed hotels into the PLANET 21 program? CM: Our hotel owners are increasingly seeing the benefits of

operating more sustainably, both in terms of cost savings (e.g. reduced water and energy use) and as a driver of business. Over two-thirds of our corporate and leisure guests have indicated they consider a hotel’s sustainability as a factor in making hotel bookings or choosing a venue.

LoL: Do you hope that PLANET 21 will help Accor break into lists like Newsweek’s environmental ranking of the biggest companies in developed and emerging world markets? Marriott International came third in the hotels and restaurants category in 2012, but with Accor being the world’s leading hotel operator and market leader in Europe, there is some catching up to do. How far away from companies like Marriott do you think you are? CM: I can’t make a comparison with our competitors, but Accor is a leader in this area, with over two decades of commitments to operating more environmentally and socially responsibly. We were the first hotel company to set up a department charged with mitigating our hotels’ impact on the environment back in 1994. In 2001, we became the first hotel operator to sign the ECPAT Code of Conduct to take a stand against child prostitution and sex tourism. In 2006, we launched Earth Guest, our first comprehensive sustainability strategy, combining both environmental and social commitments. And we have been recognised for these efforts. We are the only international hotel company to be represented on four sustainable investment indices (FTSE4Good, Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, Ethibel Sustainability Index and ASPI). While we have been recognised with awards such as the Conde Nast Earth Savers Award, our sustainable development programs in the past have been largely internally focused. One of the key differences between our previous initiatives and PLANET 21 is just this: increased engagement with guests, business partners, communities, media, etc. We believe that we need to share what we’re doing, not just to gain recognition, but also because we believe that sharing our best practices will inspire others.

NC: While all the hotels in Hong Kong are on track to have met all the PLANET 21 objectives by 2015, different regions face different challenges. We are lucky in Hong Kong to have a good understanding of environmental concerns, and being the international city we are, there is an expectation from our clientele to be committed to and offer such programs.

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LITTLE CHEF

CRAFTY KIDS

FRAME IT!

In this issue’s Little Chef we have two delicious, fun and refreshing recipes for you and your little ones to try.

Chocolate dipped fruit

Ingredients • • • • • •

Block of chocolate Strawberries Bananas Mandarin Pineapple Blueberries

Method Cut up the fruit and place on the end of a skewer. Place the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds (all microwaves differ so you need to check and stir and possibly heat for longer). Alternatively, if using stove top then place heat-proof bowl over boiling water and stir until the chocolate melts. Remove the bowl from heat. Dip the fruit into the melted chocolate and let the excess chocolate drip off. Place on baking paper and place in fridge to set. If you can’t wait, you can eat it immediately but take care not to burn your mouth!

Spider Drink Ingredients • •

1 scoop of ice cream Soft drink of your choice

Crafty Keira shows us how to make this colourful frame for your favourite photo. YOU WILL NEED: • • • • •

10 popsicle sticks Glue Cardboard Paint and a paintbrush A photo

STEPS: Cut out two strips of cardboard and glue three sticks onto each one. Lay the strips down parallel and glue two sticks along the top, and two sticks along the bottom. This will give you a rectangularshaped opening. Paint the frame with lots of bright colours. Glue your photo onto a piece of cardboard. Glue the cardboard onto the back of the frame, so you can see the photo through the opening of the frame.

Method

You can also decorate your frame with glitter or stickers.

Pour soft drink into glass. Carefully place one scoop of ice cream into the glass. It is easier to drink this with a straw and use a spoon to dig out the ice cream.

Display your frame somewhere special for everyone to see.

Enjoy your refreshing summer treats!

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Hong Kong


PARENTING

Supporting children’s

emergent reading and writing skills

By Queenie Tan

It is important to look out for children’s readiness for learning to read and write so that we can fully optimise their language learning abilities. As soon as children develop and start showing an interest in reading and writing, what happens next? Here’s what we can do as parents, to support their ‘explosion into reading and writing’.

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1) Create opportunities for them to write and

of different sounds that are put together to carry a certain meaning.

to read what they have written.

They will also figure out that individual words can be strung together

It could be a shopping list (“Oops! Mummy’s forgotten to get you

to form phrases and sentences which carry a wealth of information.

your favourite cereal. Let’s write it down somewhere so we can remember the next time we go shopping”) or a wish list (“You would

This is what I have done with my boys at home (and you can certainly

like to have a train set? Good! Let’s make a list of all the things which

do this too): I held a pizza and movie night at my home one Friday,

you’d like to have and send it to Santa so he’ll know what to get you

which my boys got really excited about. We looked up some recipes,

for Christmas”) or party invitations (“Who would you like to invite for

made a shopping list, got the stuff we needed for the pizza party and

your birthday party? I think we better write down some important

decided on a child-friendly movie to watch. Then, we made party

information so that your friends know when and where your party is”).

invitations and when the party was over, we wrote thank you cards to those who came.

2) Appreciate children’s attempts at reading and writing.

This was such a big effort on my part to prepare and clean up

If they have just started, it’s OK if their spelling is inaccurate or if

afterwards but I also quickly realised that this was a great opportunity

their handwriting is untidy. The important thing is to help them feel

to get my boys to be enthusiastic about reading and writing, to the

that their efforts are appreciated (“Oh wow! Did you write the word

extent that learning to read and write was virtually effortless and even

‘awesome’ all by yourself? The way you spelled it ‘o-s-o-m’ was a

fun for them. Now, we have pizza and movie night at our place once a

really, really good try because I could just put all the sounds together

month and have been doing it for six months in a row.

and figure out what it says”). I’ve bought different types of invitation cards and thank you cards for

3) Point to the words when you read to them.

my boys to write on and they write them a month in advance. I have

It’s great to read to children on a daily basis as this helps them to

also managed to get them to help me clean up after every event so

understand early on, that print is a great way to carry a message

that they can take responsibility and ownership of their parties.

across to other people. As such, when we point to the words we are reading out (it could be on a bottle cap which reads ‘press and turn to

Supporting your children’s early steps into reading and writing in

open’, a story book or a sign board with the words ‘beware of uneven

ways like these can make it a happy and confident process for your

surface’), children will quickly understand that words are made up

child.

Queenie Tan is a Parenting Professional who has recently released her first parenting book entitled Cool stuff your parents never told you about parenting. For more info, follow her on www.facebook.com/queeniefoongkwintan or www.foongkwin.com

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HEALTH AND FITNESS

STARTING UP

By Jamie McGregor

One of the most daunting things we can do in the exercise world is take a class for the first time, whether it be a martial arts lesson, bootcamp, dancing, spin, pump and so on. All the strangers, the fear of the unknown torture that lies ahead for the next 60 minutes or so, the embarrassment in case we make a mistake… It can be mighty scary and intimidating, but does it really need to be? This month we are going to break down how to prepare for your first class (and the others afterwards). Whenever someone new starts a session with me I put myself in their shoes and take a trip back down memory lane to the first time I took a new class. Memories of cursing the sadistic bootcamp instructor for making us do all those squats as I tried to negotiate a small flight of stairs the day after my first session, or the words “bring water next time and don’t be soft” bellowed by a less-than-sympathetic rugby coach after I passed out on the first day of pre-season fitness training with a new team. There are a few of these memories, and they help me to understand what people are going through before, during and after a session. With this in mind, here are some tips to help you get through your sessions.

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Preparation • • • • •

Select comfortable clothes and shoes that are appropriate to work out in Have a snack 60–90 min before you train HYDRATE! Bring a towel (unless you know you are being provided with one) and lots of water Come to your session 5–10 min early

The clothing one is obviously common sense. The snack one can be tricky, especially if you can only exercise first thing in the morning. It is important to have some energy before you train, so if it is an issue try having an energy bar or some fruit at the minimum, as well as your water. A small meal is preferable. If your blood sugar levels are too low it can result in you feeling light-headed and sluggish. Blood sugar levels decrease when you are sleeping, so morning exercisers need to be careful there. It might take a few attempts to find the best snack for you, but it is worth it. If you like to exercise after dinner be sure to allow at least 1.5 to 2 hours for the food to digest, especially if it is the biggest meal of your day. Hydrating is the big one. If you feel thirsty you are already 2% dehydrated. Dehydration leads to a loss in performance. The benefits of drinking more water are huge. Getting to the session early will help you become familiar with your training environment and reduce nerves. If it is a group exercise class, having a yarn with the other early arrivals can build confidence as chances are there will be another newcomer there to go through the class with. Being calm and confident will lead to a beneficial and fun session.

The Session • • • • • • •

Listen, see, do Ask questions Try your best Let the trainer know if you feel sick, dizzy, or experience any sharp pains in muscles or joints Technique always comes first Enjoy the burn! Be confident

OK, show time! You’ve had a snack, got the water, got your headband securely on, yarned with comrades, the trainer has just stuck on Welcome to the Jungle and – what the . . . !? Squats, burpees, push ups, planks. . . . What is this stuff? Trainers should always give a demonstration of an exercise and then talk you through it. Watch and listen carefully, as each exercise is a new skill we have to learn. If in doubt, ask any questions necessary to make you feel confident about doing the exercise. Exercise is all about exertion – try your best and the results will come. Pushing yourself outside of the comfort zone is great. Pushing to the point of injury, vomiting or fainting is dangerous. If you are in a group class, go at your best pace. It is up to the trainer to ensure a safe environment for you to exercise in. Exercise does of course have risks, but the feedback you give to

the trainer is vital for them to ensure your safety. Sudden acute pains in muscles and joints, nausea, dizziness and so on require instant attention. Keep providing feedback so the trainer can keep you safe but working hard. Once we get the hang of an exercise our confidence grows and that is great. Pushing ourselves to a new limit can sometimes come at the cost of our technique. Technique has to be great to ensure safety and full muscle recruitment. One of the great things about exercising is working muscles until they feel like they are on fire. Yeah sure, it stings a bit but that’s why we are here. Embrace it and enjoy! Have the confidence to work outside of your comfort zone. Exercises can sometimes require a huge amount of co-ordination and can take time to learn. Have the confidence to step up and give it a go. Who cares if we look daft for a few seconds? Everyone has been there and if you strive for constant improvement then you will get better quickly.

After the Workout • • • •

Cool down Stretch Hydrate Eat

So the torture is over and you have survived admirably. Now the recovery process begins and we can get the body ready for its next serving. Cooling down will help slowly return the heart back to its resting rate and prevent inflammation in the muscles. All good sessions will finish with a thorough ‘warm down’ and stretch. Stretching helps relax the muscles, aid the recovery process, strengthen the ligaments and tendons, and lessen the chance of muscle injury. You can easily sweat out a good litre or two of water during a session, especially if you are outside in the summer heat. You need to spend the next hour or two after the session replacing this lost water, otherwise the effects of dehydration will kick in. On a microscopic level, exercise induces tiny tears in the muscle fibres. The body needs to repair these and protein is the best tool. Your muscles will also want nutrients and fuel. So a good balanced, protein-rich meal is essential to aid the muscle-repairing process. Try to have this as quickly after your workout as possible. If you leave it longer than 1.5 to 2 hours, the effects of the meal will be greatly reduced. So there we have it, you have completed your first new session and it is time for a good night’s sleep. Sorry to say that more often than not, you will feel a bit of muscle pain over the next day or two. This is called DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) and is perfectly normal. The more we do, the quicker the body will adapt and the DOMS will occur less often. Getting fit is not an easy path but it is rewarding and you will be glad you did. So grab your water bottle, get amongst it and enjoy the burn. Happy exercising!

Jamie McGregor is a personal trainer with Perun Fitness (www.perunfitness.com, ph: 6443 6597). LIFE ON LANTAU  25


HEALTH & FITNESS

Boost your health and wellbeing with meditation By Jenny Lethbridge

We are often told that the benefits of meditation are considerable. Many of us struggle to find the time to do it, or else doubt we are doing it properly. We hear success stories of people who have dramatically changed their lives through using techniques that we have tried but didn’t see the same amazing results. Sometimes our expectations are too high or we don’t understand what change is possible through meditation, so success may be limited – and we give up. So what is a meditative state? It’s accessing a place of calm when the body and being are more peaceful and relaxed. When this occurs, we activate our intuitive abilities, allowing us to receive helpful information from the Universe so our decision-making processes are easier. It’s also great for our health and wellbeing as there is less stress in our bodies. We are less reactive emotionally too, so we can improve our relationships. The key to real and lasting inner change is to start slowly and build a platform of consistency so we release negative feelings progressively using simple techniques. Giving time each day to meditate is an easy way to do this. One way is to make time for relaxation. Relaxation is a positive state and the more relaxed you become, the deeper the level of meditation you can achieve. A simple way to relax your body and access a relaxed, meditational state is simply to slightly deepen your breathing. Even if you did this for one minute you would feel a change and if you continued this throughout your day, you might be amazed at the difference! With practice, you could manage to maintain a permanently relaxed state. To follow a guided relaxing meditation, go to www. jennylethbridge.com. Many years ago, one of my daughters came home from school and told me she had no friends. My suggestion was to spend time first thing in the morning and last thing at night drawing a soft, baby-pink light into her body, the colour of unconditional love, and to continue this for a week. A week later, we had so many phone calls from children looking for my daughter, we could hardly keep pace! And it was so simple…

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This technique filled her body with unconditional love and I noted that she was happier in herself generally. Twice each day, this simple meditation allowed the Universe to connect and shine through her. Spending ten minutes each day changed the balance of her friendships in a week – just think what could be achieved in a month! I have also used this meditation very effectively when travelling overseas. Passing through immigration in most countries is not always a life-enhancing experience! The queues can be long and the officers stern at times, plus there can be long waits for baggage to arrive and further queues for taxis or other transport. About an hour before my flight landed, I would start to run this same gentle light pink light through my body, again and again. I noticed that on trips when I did this, there would be no queues in the immigration hall or if there were, I was suddenly moved to the front, the officer who dealt with me was helpful and I was processed quickly, my bags were delivered quickly, transport was always readily available and the journey to my destination was always faster and easier than usual. The other blessing in using this technique is how great you feel! You can use this technique to change many different situations – if you were going for a job interview or a meeting of any kind where you needed to impress, this meditation done beforehand could bring you much success. To experience this pink light guided meditation, go to www.jennylethbridge.com. Remember that the law of attraction also impacts here. The higher our vibrational state – the happier we are – the better the circumstances we attract into our life. Most of us manage to raise our vibration occasionally but don’t sustain it for long enough to benefit from that space. Consistency is key here and both these techniques can be incorporated into daily life quite easily, establishing a new, positive, life-enhancing pattern. The more time you give to these or other meditational techniques, the more change you will experience in your life. It is the easiest way to start positive change happening so that this year, you might just realise all your dreams!


KITCHEN KAPERS

Show-Stopping Salads!

Two quick and easy salads for summer evenings

By Mel Topp

Photos by Jodi Naksavath

Salads are refreshing to eat all summer long. Limited solely by your imagination, they can be served hot or cold, as a side dish or as a complete meal. Salads can have as few or as many ingredients as you desire. There are so many options to choose from. Experiment with different greens and herbs as a base. Add vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, roasted pumpkin, carrot, celery and grated beetroot. Top with beans, seeds, nuts and croutons to add some crunch. And finally, add a light homemade dressing. This month we visited the kitchen of Tung Chung resident Bethan Dunnet, who takes her own and her family’s health seriously. Bethan uses organic ingredients where possible and tries to stay away from carbohydrates such as potatoes, pasta and breads. She hopes you enjoy making these salads as much as her family enjoys eating them!

Greek Salad

PHOTOSChicken, BY JODI NAKSAVATH Mango

and Avocado Salad

Ingredients: • 1/4 cucumber • 8 cherry tomatoes • 1 stick celery • 1/4 packet feta cheese • 5 small pickled beetroot • 1 small peeled carrot • 10 kalamata pitted olives • Organic baby spinach

Ingredients: • 500 g chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning • 1 lemon, squeezed • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 2 ripe avocados, sliced finely • 2 ripe mangoes, cubed • 2 large handfuls rocket • 2 tablespoon fresh mint

Dressing: • 2 teaspoon coconut oil • 2 teaspoon red wine vinegar

Dressing: • 1 teaspoon mild mustard • 1 tablespoon honey • 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar • ¼ cup vegetable oil

*Optional: peanuts or cashew nuts to sprinkle on top

Method: 1. Chop the cucumber, celery and carrot into bite-size pieces. 2. Cut the cherry tomatoes and pickled beetroot in half. 3. Cut the feta cheese into small pieces. 4. In a mug, mix the coconut oil and red wine vinegar together. 5. Place all ingredients including the spinach onto a plate and either mix them up or place on top of each other. Then drizzle the dressing over the top. Serve salad on the side with grilled marinated chicken breast, salmon or steak. Note: If you would like some more fabulous salad recipes, take a look at Jamie Oliver’s website which has plenty of amazing options (bit.ly/10upUwY). If you would like us to visit your kitchen to share one of your favourite recipes with readers of Life on Lantau, please email me at kitchenkapers@lifeonlantau.com

Method: 1. In a bowl, mix together the chicken pieces, lemon juice, olive oil and lemon pepper seasoning. Marinate in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours. 2. To make the dressing, mix together all the ingredients in a small container with a lid. Shake well to combine. 3. Heat frying pan until hot then add the chicken pieces to cook, browning all sides. Remove from heat and set aside. 4. In a bowl, scatter the washed rocket and mint, then the mango and avocado. Using salad utensils, toss lightly then add the chicken pieces and a little of the dressing. Toss again and serve immediately.

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FEATURE

RESPECT THE

(NATURE OF THE)

ROAD

By Britt Schwaabe

The sun is shining through a beautiful green tunnel of tree branches, my favourite music is playing, the aircon is on and I am driving on home turf: South Lantau Road (SLR). It’s lined with hills and greenery most of the way and as it takes you along the shoreline of South Lantau, you get a few nice glimpses of the sea. Although I always liked driving back home in Germany, I never wanted to drive in Hong Kong. But when we moved to South Lantau a couple of years ago, a car became a necessity for our family. Once I got used to the road conditions and lost the feeling of terror whenever a bus passed me with a speed that feels like 90 km/h, while seemingly cutting into my lane, I was surprised to find that my errands by car are quite alright and driving SLR even makes me happy! Well, most of the time. The major road on South Lantau connects Mui Wo in the east and Shek Pik in the west. Travelling on SLR takes you through Nam Shan, Pui O, San Shek Wan, Cheung Sha and Shui Hau. It meets Tung Chung Road in Cheung Sha, which is an important connection to the north part of the Island with more public transport, the airport and freeway access. Besides being an important traffic way and a scenic road to drive on, there are some issues that should urge drivers to be extra careful on SLR: A) The road surface is bad. It’s rough and has been patched up many times. When one road construction site is finished, it doesn’t go away, it simply moves on to another spot. Rain of course makes the road more dangerous to drive on, as the slopes on the roadsides collect water masses quickly and the big trees lining the street shed leaves and branches when it’s windy. B) SLR is a narrow and very winding road with lots of bends and hills. There are hardly any chances to overtake, except when people let you pass by using the turnouts and bus stops every couple of miles. Slow cars, buses or cyclists climbing the steep hills make it very tempting to overtake, but besides the turn outs there are only a very few safe possibilities – safe meaning having a full view of the approaching traffic on the other side of the

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road. I feel I have to explain this, as there are drivers on SLR who are seemingly on a kamikaze mission! C) People and animals are crossing the street, especially when SLR takes you through a village. We have seen kids suddenly jumping on the road from the walkways when goofing around with friends, or teenagers who are simply too cool to look both ways. There are local elderly people who just need a bit more time to cross the street. And last but not least, t h e re a re L a n t a u ’s residents on paws and hooves: cats, dogs, rural cows, and buffaloes that cross or trot along the street and even settle down in the middle of a lane for a nap. These fellows are as much a part of Lantau as the Big Buddha is, and it’s great to see them around. However, they are still wild animals and should be treated with healthy caution and respect. When driving that means we have to expect to see them at any moment, standing in the middle of the road when you come around a bend. D) To make things worse, there are always a few cars that don’t belong on SLR: people who drive here for a day at the beach or sightseeing, ignoring the closed road sign and the requirement for a permit; and commercial vehicles for delivery or serving the construction sites that might or might not have a temporary license. The common denominator here is that the drivers are not well accustomed to SLR and its characteristics. The biggest mistake drivers can make is to underestimate SLR. It’s like a snake that meanders along the island, beautiful but wild, so a certain danger is in its nature. There are good reasons for South Lantau to have restricted road access and lower speed limits than other roads. Due to a recent increase in traffic accidents on Lantau there is even talk that the speed limit should be even lower, and speed bumps have been requested. But some things in life cannot be fully controlled, so if decreased limits are coming or not, at the end of the day we have to be awake, aware and respect the nature of the road.


COMMUNITY

Motion IN THE OCEAN The ‘Motion in the Ocean’ event at Pui O beach saw over 300 people gather to protest against the proposal to build an incinerator on Shek Kwu Chau Island. This event was organised by the Naked Islands Project, who are hoping to raise awareness of this and other environmental issues.

Summer GroOve Photos by: Britt Schwaabe & Suzanne Goodwin

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ASK TITLE THE HERE VET

What treats can my kids make for my cat and dog ov e r th e holidays? You can find a lot of recipes for homemade pet treats on the internet. Here are some suitable recipes from Kim McCosker’s 4 Ingredients recipe book, that are healthy for your pet and a fun activity for your kids.

Minis for Mature Cats Ingredients 120 g can sardines, packed in olive oil 1 cup wholegrain breadcrumbs 1 free range egg, beaten Method Preheat oven to 150°C. Pour sardines into a medium bowl. Using a fork, mash sardines into tiny pieces. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Drop 1/4 teaspoon of mixture onto a paper-lined baking tray and bake in the oven for 7 minutes. Store in an airtight container.

Dog Biscuits Ingredients 250 g liver 2.5 cups plain flour 2.5 cups corn meal 1 cup bran Method Preheat oven to 200°C. Place liver in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil. Mince the cooked liver and add remaining ingredients, mix well. Roll out into a log and cut into thick slices. Bake for 10 minutes.

How often should I clean my dog’s ears?

Once owners start to clean their dog’s ears, some start to become obsessed with it – and usually end up trying to clean the ears every day. This can lead to more problems. A healthy dog’s ears should not be itchy or painful to the touch. They should have no, or very little, discharge or build up inside. Brown or black earwax can be a sign of microscopic ear mites. If you find black or yellow material, blood or a strong smell when you clean your dog’s ears, then something is wrong and you should consult a vet. Another issue that can be relevant in summer is that frequent baths or swimming can lead to ear irritation and infection. Take care to dry your dog’s ears gently after water activities. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals provides advice on ear care along with a helpful video demonstrating ear cleaning technique at www.aspca.org/ pet-care/dog-care/ear-care.

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FINANCE

FAMILY PROTECTION

– PART THREE

This is the last of a series of three family protection discussions. In the last two issues we learnt how much life insurance is enough, estate planning considerations and five types of living insurance. Now that we know what personal insurance we need, let’s see how to find these policies. Coverage. There is a large variety of insurance products on offer in Hong Kong. Unfortunately there is not a standard or core set of benefits for each type of policy, which makes comparison of policies rather difficult. For example, a mid-to-high-end medical insurance policy may not have any dental coverage, whereas a cheaper policy may actually cover basic dental treatments. Whilst it would be very time consuming, make sure you compare apples with apples by looking at individual benefit items. Cost is always important but it should never be the only consideration when choosing an insurance policy. Claims. The whole purpose of having an insurance policy is that it would assist you and your family financially if tragedy strikes in the form of an accident, illness or premature death. So before you purchase an insurance policy, look up their claims history and ask around – your friends or colleagues may have dealt with the insurance company, or you can use an insurance intermediary. In Hong Kong insurance intermediaries are a big industry as insurance companies typically prefer not to deal with customers directly. There are two types of intermediaries – insurance agents and insurance brokers. The former acts as an agent of a single insurance company and sells products of that company. The latter has access to insurance products from various companies in the market. Ask them which type of licence they hold if you decide to use their service instead of researching yourself, or use it as a starting point to narrow down the options and then do the final readings yourself. Intermediaries are very handy in helping you with the application process which tends to be lengthy and with confusing paperwork. A good intermediary is also there to help with policy reviews/updates, renewals and claims. For certain types of cover such as income protection, critical illness or even life insurance, sometimes you would be better off taking on a foreign policy if you are eligible to do so. In some developed markets the insurance industry has a much longer history and therefore the insurance products on offer are more competitive in terms of benefits, terms, cost and consumer protection. If you are an expat in Hong Kong with the view to return to your home country, it might be beneficial for you to hold or apply for a policy from home to cover you for your time abroad without the hassle of re-applying for a new policy when you eventually repatriate. But be sure to check that there isn’t any exclusion of benefit for while you live overseas.

This article is contributed by Lucy Zheng. Please note this is general advice only which has not taken into consideration a person’s full circumstances, needs and objectives. Do not act on any information in this article without seeking professional advice.


TRAVEL

New Zealand

Middle EArTH - Part 2 By Erin Rew

Having spent most of our time touring the south island we now had to make a beeline for Auckland. This left us with only a few days to take in the sights on the north island. Leaving the south island from Picton we took the ferry across to Wellington and continued north towards Rotorua. Along the way we spotted Mount Doom (Mount Ruapehu), an active volcano used by director Peter Jackson in the filming of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. We also spotted a road sign reporting Unicorns in the area. Unfortunately, we had no luck tracking down the mythical and elusive creatures. It did, however, fuel our daughters’ imaginations as they scanned the horizon hoping for a glimpse. Once in Rotorua we visited the Māori cultural centre and thermal springs attraction at Te Puia. Our children loved the welcome ceremony, an impressive display of traditional Māori dance (one that is all the more intimidating when you realise the Māori have a very real past in cannibalism). The guided tour takes you through the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, a program which helps preserve traditional Māori weaving and carving knowledge while providing job skills for interested young Māori men and women. Students demonstrate traditional flax scraping, weaving, and jade and wood carving. Te Puia also features an indoor kiwi habitat, geothermal springs, geysers and mud pools. To learn more visit www.tepuia.com. While out for the evening in Rotorua, we stumbled upon a local farmers market and gorged ourselves at the eclectic Fat Dog Cafe & Bar (www.fatdogcafe.co.nz) located on Arawa Street. It was a pleasant little town, but be aware that as Rotorua sits in a locale of high geothermal activity it does tend to suffer from the unique and unmistakable smell of sulphur.

A s i d e f ro m A i r N e w Zealand’s safety video having a strong Lord of the Rings theme (which included a cameo appearance by Peter Jackson himself) and a few books in gift shops on the subject, New Zealand was surprisingly sparse of any Lord of the Rings references. However, nestled into the unassuming countryside on the Alexander farm in Matamata sits a charming interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s the Shire. When looking for locations, Peter Jackson’s scouts discovered the secluded site while flying over it in a helicopter, and I’ll admit while driving there I was seriously questioning whether or not we had taken a wrong turn. The Hobbiton movie set and farm tour takes you to the actual set used in the filming of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit: An unexpected journey. The tour includes a bus ride through the 1,250 acre property where they still raise sheep and cattle, a guided tour of the set and refreshments at the Green Dragon Inn. It was a very charming place and the set’s realism and attention to detail is impressive and well worth the visit. The whole family enjoyed the experience and came away with a greater appreciation for the amount of work put into filmmaking. It is sure to please film buffs and novices alike. To learn more visit www.hobbitontours.com. Before flying home we spent a few relaxing days i n Au ckla n d sh o p p i n g a n d d i n i n g a lo n g t h e waterfront. New Zealand is a spectacular country rich in adventure, beauty and culture. I highly recommend the journey.

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COMMUNITY

STEP’N OUT

By JoElle Scott

Life on Lantau

the faces of our community Sometimes we all need a moment to de-stress from the daily hustle and bustle of our busy lives. Step’n out to the spa might help you unwind and slow you down long enough to catch your breath. Lantau has several options to cater to just about anyone. Anna Taylor is a Canadian massage therapist qualified to do sports, relaxation and pre/post-natal massage. Following an intense workout, an hour on her table can help prevent aches and pains. In the event of sport-related injuries, only a qualified sports massage therapist should be consulted as further damage can easily be done by someone who is not qualified. Leave these injuries safely in her hands. Phone 6628 7178 Max Beauty Spa in the Caribbean Coast Bazaar in Tung Chung has become a favourite for many. The decor is modest, but once your eyes are closed, you are in the hands of very capable therapists. The services here are consistently good and affordable. Phone 2162 5752 The Regal Airport Om Spa has a wide variety of options on the menu, however one of their specialties is the couple spa experience. They have a room set up specifically for a couple treatment with some nice attention to detail. Gentlemen . . . pay attention . . . if you have an anniversary coming up, this is a great way to make your loved one feel super special! Their luxurious couple suite sets the mood very nicely. Phone 2286 6626 The SkyCity Marriott Quan Spa is a high-end haven of calm and relaxation. On offer here are water-based therapies, localised spa menus, professional therapists, premium treatment products, private treatment rooms and a relaxing atmosphere. Their signature treatments include the Aroma Fusion Massage and the Pacific Rainshower Ritual. Phone 3969 1888 The Harmony Room is a somewhat unknown spa treasure tucked away in the village of Ham Tin. Melissa has transformed the first floor of a village house into a charming oasis. With many years of experience and qualifications spanning a broad spectrum, Melissa aims to create a custom treatment for each individual. If you are looking for something different, give The Harmony Room a try. Phone 9747 3902

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GIVEAWAYS

Make your own cupcake

BUGZ N MONKS

There are four of these cool kits up for grabs so be quick and email with the word ‘cupcake’ in the subject line.

Win a $300 voucher from Bugz N Monks! All you have to do is email us with the word ‘Bugz’ in the subject line, it’s so easy!

FREE CONCERT! 13 August 2013, 8 pm AsiaWorld-Expo, Hall 10

105-minute Summer Cooler Mint Package Uniquely tailored by the Quan Spa therapists, the Summer Cooler Mint Package has healing effects with the use of mint and lemongrass. The treatment nourishes and cools down your skin, leaving you refreshed and tension-free. This package includes a 15-minute foot bath, 30-minute body scrub and 60-minute body massage valued at $1,180+10%. To win, email us with ‘Summer Cooler Mint Package’ in the subject line.

For your chance to win, just email

To win a pair of free concert tickets to ‘The Smashing Pumpkins Live in Hong Kong’, please name two other groups of artists who will also stage their concerts at AsiaWorld-Expo in August 2013. Plus, give us one reason to love AsiaWorld-Expo. For hints, check out http://tinyurl.com/awe-events Please email the answers with ‘Free concert’ in the subject line, or answer on our Life on Lantau Facebook page. The prize will go to the correct and most creative answers (two tickets for one winner). Entries close 10 August 2013.

competitions@lifeonlantau.com

Entries close 12 Sept 2013. All winners will be notified via email and names will be published in our October/November issue. Limit of one prize per person and the final decision is made by Danasha Media Ltd. GOOD LUCK! Congratulations to our lucky winners from Issue 13: Ji Won Maxted-Yoon, Prima Fernandes, Evelyn Lim, Micheline Stockton, Maggie Scott

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SPOTLIGHT: TITLE WOMENHERE IN BUSINESS

Rugbees

By Dee Allan

My first venture into the world of business started off around 2007 when I set up 3C Synergy (a specialist Construction and Propertyled Recruitment Consultancy) in Singapore. In 2010 I opened a Hong Kong branch and continue to oversee both our boutique offices. I gave birth to my daughter in November 2011 and the following year started to put a plan in action to set up a rugbyinspired play programme for kids from walking age to 4 years old. RugBees was officially launched in September 2012 and currently has over 100 children enrolled across multiple locations in Hong Kong. Between the businesses we currently employ almost 30 staff members across two countries. RugBees in particular has been a very exciting project to work on, and something that has benefited my daughter (who now attends sessions). My family is fairly rugby-centric and I felt there was a gap in the market for playful sports sessions inspired by rugby principles. Of course the kids are not playing rugby at all, but they are engaging

in activities such as catching, footwork and balancing, whilst i m p ro v i n g t h e i r spatial awareness, co-ordination, colour recognition and so on. The softer skills of teamwork, taking turns, listening to the coach and following instructions can’t be underestimated. That’s why I fell in love with the idea of using rugby to create fun sessions that any child can get involved with, regardless of whether they like rugby or not. The key is that they get to exercise in a fun setting. Happy child = happy mummy. I was predominantly inspired to launch my businesses to drive and control my own life path. Certainly with the birth of my daughter I found the flexibility of creating my own working schedule a huge advantage. However the ‘dark side’ of the freedom of scheduling my working week means I’m often compensating by working late into the evenings and over weekends. It’s a huge balancing act but the rewards clearly outweigh the downside, hence I’m still driven by both business projects. For anyone pondering the idea of starting a business, my advice is to research, plan and then execute it.

COMMUNITY

Discovery College students win academic medals Nine students from Lantau Island’s Discovery College have earned the highest score in an academic subject in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) competition across all of Hong Kong. Winning an ICAS Medal is an achievement to be proud of, as approximately 85,000 students from 290 schools in Hong Kong and Macau take these assessments each year. This year Discovery College won the most medals out of any school entered in the Englishlanguage papers. Congratulations to the Discovery College ICAS Medal winners: • Kevin Xin (Primary 6 science in English, first out of 647 students) • Howard Cheng (Form 1 mathematics in English, first out of 2,520 students) • Cherie Ho and Emily Weinstein (both Form 1 writing, equal first out of 1,359 students) • Emily Lo and Jason Chan (both Form 2 writing, equal first out of 558 students) • Zoe Franklin (Form 3 English, first out of 2,161 students) • Viola Graef (Form 3 writing, first out of 708 students) • Isabella Dia-Tsi-Tay (Form 4 writing, first out of 167 students).

Discovery College ICAS Medal winners, from left to right: Viola Graef, Kevin Xin, Howard Cheng, Emily Weinstein, Isabella Dia-Tsi-Tay, Cherie Ho, Zoe Franklin (not pictured, Jason Chan and Emily Lo). Photo: Claire Fraser

The College also had 82 students earning High Distinction, meaning they scored in the top one percent in Hong Kong. The medal winners received their ICAS Medal in a presentation ceremony on 6 July 2013 at the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel and Towers.

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Photos: Adrian Gan


LIFE ON LANTAU CLASSIFIEDS SERVICES

SERVICES

SERVICES

HEALTH & BEAUTY

JOB VACANCY Receptionist/retail required for vet clinic in Tung Chung. Fluent in English and Cantonese a must. On the job training provided. Great hours, friendly staff and wonderful clients make this clinic fun to be part of the team. Phone 2328 7282

RADHAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PLACE HK Certified beautician practicing for 20 yrs. Specialized in full body waxing and Brazilian bikini at very reasonable rates in Tung Chung. For appointment please call Ms.Sharma at 53747133 Monday-Sunday: 8am-8pm

iza-photo-lab

offers photo service for:

local events family portraits pets nature tel 64025938

izabela.smugmug.com

iza.143@o2.pl

The Child & Family Development Practice in DB offers: Individual counselling services: child therapy, parent counselling, behaviour management, speech & language therapy, child vision screening and occupational therapy. All groups programs; for social skills, Increase self-esteem & confidence (to prevent worries & anxiety), problem solving strategies and resiliency building, are suitable for children of all abilities. For more information: info@childdevelopment.com.hk www.childdevelopment.com.hk +852-2914 2223

KIDS KIDS

WANTED B elly D ancers & / or Bollywood Dancers A Lantau gym would like to hire instructors to give simple lessons to our female members a few times a week. Formal qualifications not required; just a passion for dance and fun! Hours are flexible. For more info please call 9887 4941.

PIANO TEACHER

SPORTS Professional piano teacher who has been teaching piano for twenty years in HK, lesson mode is one on one student. If interest, please call Miss Chui @9467 4633 (Lesson Venue: Caribbean Coast)

TUNG CHUNG RUGBY CLUB

FB: Tung Chung Rugby Club.


LIFE ON LANTAU DIRECTORY TUNG CHUNG

Emergency – Fire/Police/Ambulance – 999 Tung Chung Fire Station – 3 Shun Tung Road, Tung Chung. Tung Chung Police Station – 1 Shun Tung Road. Tung Chung Ambulance Depot – 2 Shun Tung Road.

PHOTOGRAPHY Chris Coelho Photography

9258 0971

RESIDENTIAL ESTATE CONTACTS Caribbean Coast Club House Caribbean Coast Management Office Coastal Skyline Club House Coastal Skyline Management Office Seaview Crescent Club House Seaview Crescent Management Office Tung Chung Crescent Club House Tung Chung Crescent Management Office

2109 9277 2109 9288 2179 6678 2179 6621 3473 8700 3473 8833 2403 6770 2109 1222

2988 1898 3661 1694 2988 8282

COMMUNITY SERVICES Public Library 2109 3011 Public Swimming Pool 2109 9107 Computer Repairs Bobby Mirchandani 9425 3812 EDUCATION Discovery Mind Play Centre & Kindergarten Greenfield International Kindergarten Oxford English Tutoring Salala Kids’ House Soundwaves English Education Centre Sun Island Education Foundation Sunshine House International Preschool Tung Chung Catholic School YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College

2987 8088 2162 5538 9282 6202 2611 9193 6204 7387 2420 1068 2109 3873 2121 0884 2988 8123

FOOD Essence Restaurant 3602 8808 Food Hub 3170 1505 Forbusiness Brazilian & Portuguese Groceries 6621 7408 Handi Indian Restaurant 2988 8674 Hawk Organic Foods & Indian Groceries 2415 4777 McDonald’s Delivery 2338 2338 Melody Thai 2988 8129 Moccato Coffee Shop 3602 8838 Olea Restaurant 3602 8818 Pizza Hut 3180 0000 Resto Restaurant 2886 3156 Yummilicious 6272 2682 360 Flyers Sports Bar & Restaurant 2109 4360 HEALTH & BEAUTY Looks Beauty 64251157 Max Beauty 2162 5752 Radha’s Place 5374 7133 Yellow Phoenix International, Life Coach 9770 2590 HOME REPAIRS AND REMOVALS Akash Removals 2421 8088 FTC Relocations 2814 1658 Mega Power Engineering/Locksmiths 9625 1392 / 2109 2330 Shun Yu Engineering 2988 1488 Towner Interior Design 3113 4968 Wing Shing Interior Design 5403 0363 HOTELS Novotel Citygate 3602 8888 Regal Airport Hotel 2890 6060 SkyCity Marriott 3969 1888 KIDS AQ Prettiness 9527 6202 Clement Art School 5360 0991 HK Dragons 2987 4274 Jumping Castles 9662 1747 Kidznjoy 6273 7347 Kindermusik 6976 8867 Little Academy 3520 3500 Kinder Kicks Soccer 2385 9677 Stepz Studio 3152 7535 MEDICAL Essential Health Family Clinic 2109 9396 Human Health Medical Centre 2109 2711 Quality Health Dental 2403 6613 Quality Health Medical 2403 6623 Raffles Medical 2261 2626 Raffles Medical Emergency 9365 6693

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SPORT & RECREATION Perun Fitness 6443 6597 Pilates Plus 9838 3937 Vision Pilates 5132 3213 Zumba & Bollywood Dance 6497 8086 USEFUL NUMBERS Carpet washing, repairs & sales 2623 0499 Expat Living Hong Kong 6629 0181 Piano lessons 9467 4633 Tennis lessons 6025 7990 VETERINARY SERVICES Island Veterinary Services Ltd Pets Central Tung Chung

2988 1534 2328 7282

SOUTH LANTAU ART & CULTURE Flanhardt Galerie und Atelier (FGUA)

2882 3390

EDUCATION Buddhist Fat Ho College Lantau International Kindergarten Lantau International School Little Owls Kindergarten Little Lantau Montessori Kindergarten

2985 5150 2984 0069 2984 0302 2984 0006 3689 6709

HOTELS Mui Wo Inn 2984 7225 Silvermine Beach Resort 6810 0111 Tai O B&B 2985 7002 Tai O Heritage Hotel 2985 8383 RESTAURANTS Bahce Turkish Restaurant 2984 0222 Bombay Café 2984 1847 Café Paradiso 2984 0498 Casa Brasil 2984 7471 China Bear 2984 9720 China Beach Club 2983 8931 Deer Horn Restaurant & Bar 3484 3095 Lantana 5465 5511 Tai O Espace Elastique 2985 7002 Tai O Solo Café 9153 7453 The Gallery 2980 2582 The Kitchen 5991 6292 The Stoep 2980 2699 TRANSPORT Lantau Tours 2984 8255 New Lantao Bus Company 2984 9848 VETERINARY SERVICES SPCA Mui Wo

2984 0060

KIDS Bizzie Lizzie 2984 2227 Mummy Made This 5360 0565 Stay & Play 6971 1216


LIFE ON LANTAU DIRECTORY

DISTRIBUTORS LIST Tung Chung

DISCOVERY BAY COMMUNITY Club Siena 2987 7382 DB Fire & Ambulance 2987 7502 DB Marina Club 2987 9591 DB Residents’ Club 2987 7381 DB Management 2238 3601 DB Police 2987 4052 EDUCATION Discovery Bay International School -Kindergarten 2914 2142 -Primary School 2987 7331 Discovery College 39691000 Discovery Mind Play Centre & Kindergarten 2987 8088 Dumper Trucks & Daisies Playgroup 9667 6921 Sunshine House International Preschool 2987 8143 HEALTH & FITNESS Spinworks 5145 2776 The HIT Room 6621 7410 MEDICAL Bayside Dental Practice 2987 0855 DB Medical Centre 2987 5633 Island Health 2987 7575 RESTAURANTS Café Duvet 2987 0966 Ebeneezer’s 2987 0036 Hemingway’s 2987 8855 McDonalds 2987 1033 McSorley’s Ale House 2987 8280 Paisano’s 2673 4445 Sopranos 2987 2915 Zaks 2987 6232 TRANSPORT DB Golf Cart Services 2914 2727 DB Transit Services 2914 0186 DB Transportation Services 2987 7351 Hire Car Bookings 2987 6348 Limousine Rental 5303 3489 If you would like to be listed in our directory page please email us: info@lifeonlantau.com

Caribbean Bazaar: Essential Family Health Eighty Eight Café Enopi Education Centre Green Island Café International Supermarket Max Beauty Spa Organic Hair Reach for Joy Salon Caribbean Caribbean Coast Clubhouse Chef’s Express Coastal Skyline Clubhouse Deli Viet Restaurant Citygate Dragon Air House Dymocks Citygate Erawan Thai Restaurant Fu Tung Markets Greenfields Kindergarten Headland Hotel & Cathay City Johnny’s Hairdresser Midland Realty Moccato Coffee Shop Novotel Citygate Hotel Patchwork Jack Pets Central Tung Chung Quality Health Tung Chung Radha’s Place Beauty Regal Airport Hotel Resto Restaurant Salala Kids Education Centre Seaview Crescent Clubhouse SkyCity Marriott Hotel SkyCity Nine Eagles Golf Course Skyline Physiotherapy Soundwaves Education Centre Starz Wine Bar Taste Supermarket V-8 Bakery Wing Fat Stationery Shop YMCA Christian College Zentro Bar 360 Flyers Bar & Restaurant

TAI O

Espace Elastique Flanhardt Galerie und Atelier Solo Café

ASK US Q. Who can put the security bars on my apartment windows? A. Call Shun Yu Engineering, 2988 1488.

Discovery Bay

Apple Travel Auberge Discovery Bay Dymocks Island Health Juice Bar Jumpstarters Les Petits Lascars School Jaspas Restaurant Sopranos Restaurant Uncle Russ Coffee Wellcome Supermarket Zaks Restaurant

South Lantau

Bahce Turkish Restaurant Bizzie Lizzie Toy Shop Bombay Cafe Café Paradiso Casa Brasil Restaurant China Bear Cafe & Bar Como Lake Connie’s Store – Pui O Deer Horn Restaurant Findley Leung Garden Plus – Pui O Home Solutions Real Estate JK Club - Pui O La Isla Variety Store Lantana – Cheung Sha Lantau Base Camp LeyBurn Villas Little Owls Kindergarten Oceania Cafe Ooh La La Restaurant – Pui O Proper Trip Real Estate Tap Tap Spanish Bar - Pui O The Gallery – Tong Fuk The Kitchen The Stoep – Cheung Sha Treasure Island – Pui O Village Bakery Wellcome Supermarket

HK ISLAND

Coast - Soho Oolaa – Soho Pepperoni’s - Central Proway Relocation & Real Estate Wagyu – Central Wagyu Lounge - Central

Q. I require a taxi that can accommodate a wheelchair. Who can I call? A. Call taxi service on 2760 0411.

Q. I am moving and need to buy bubble wrap to protect my breakables. Where can I get this? A. Fu Tung Stationery Shop sells bubble wrap in 40-metre rolls for $70. LIFE ON LANTAU  37


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