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LOOKING AHEAD | November 2016 These dates may be subject to change MONDAY
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OCTOBER 2016 CONTENTS New Members
Looking Ahead (September 2016)
Thank you to our contributors
From Your Consul-General
Out & About
Past Events: Explore Hong Kong, The Club Lunch, Roast At The Residence
Calendar: September 2016
DEADLINE | NOVEMBER 2016 Advertising Booking Deadline
Advertising Material Deadline
19 October Newsletter Material Deadline
Wanted Event Coordinators
Classifieds 20 Meet... 21 Property 23 Expat Corner
Sports Report: Dragons
The Valley Vet
15 October EDITOR E: email@example.com DESIGN AND PRODUCTION Dean Williams E: firstname.lastname@example.org PHOTOGRAPHY Simon Fuller E: email@example.com
Australian Association of Hong Kong Ltd. 11A, Shelley Court, 21 Shelley Street Midlevels Escalator, Central, HKSAR T: +852 2530 4461 F: +852 3020 0194 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.ozhongkong.com
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REGULAR EVENTS | OCTOBER 2016 BOOK CLUB First Wednesday of the month. If interested, please Contact: Connie Albracht | email@example.com CHARITY WORK The Fred Hollows Foundation. For information, visit www. hollows.org.hk or email Sally Hasler at firstname.lastname@example.org. COOEE COFFEE Fridays 10:00 –11:30 am Oolaa Petite, Shop 2 Tower 2 Starcrest, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
LADIES GOLF First Monday of the month at Kau Sai Chau. Mondays and Thursdays (handicap required) at Deepwater Bay. Contact Ella Van Westendorp | email@example.com MAHJONG Mondays 10am – 1pm Dynasty Court Function Room Mid-Levels $80 members $130 non-members Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org NETBALL For all enquiries please email email@example.com
Contact: Nikki Wilson | firstname.lastname@example.org DRAGON BOAT For all enquiries please email email@example.com
TENNIS Tuesdays 9 – 11 am Wong Nai Chung Tennis Centre $40 members $60 non-members Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
SMB LUNCH Second Tuesday of the month Contact: Michael Madigan | madiganm@ bigpond.com SUNDOWNERS Contact: Adrian Ryan | email@example.com MUMS & BUB's Monday mornings. Contact: Julie Forte | info@ kindermusikwithcrisel.com THE CLUB Monthly lunch at a different private members club each month. Held second Wednesday of the Month Contact: LJ Ferrara | events@ ozhongkong.com
Would you like to join the Australian Association? Members, have you renewed your membership? Corporate family membership is now available for any corportate organisations in Hong Kong. For more information, please contact: Adrian Ryan | firstname.lastname@example.org
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OCTOBER 2016 | WHO'S WHO
PRESIDENT Gavin McDougall | email@example.com
SOCIAL COMMITTEE CHAIR Jess Mizzi | firstname.lastname@example.org
VICE-PRESIDENT Ivy Wong Stephens | email@example.com
VICE CHAIR LJ Ferrara | firstname.lastname@example.org
TREASURER John Rasheed | email@example.com
TREASURER Michael Madigan | firstname.lastname@example.org
SECRETARY Eleanor Coleman | email@example.com
GENERAL COMMITTEE Joan Leong Dean Williams Bruce Andrews Veronica Dang Lauren Cain Tony Crowhurst Jess Mizzi
Manuela Guthrie | firstname.lastname@example.org MEMBER BENEFITS COORDINATOR Nikki Wilson | email@example.com
MEMBERSHIP & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Adrian Ryan PAST PRESIDENT EX-OFFICIO Jennifer Ferris
AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION OFFICE Unit 11A, Shelley Court, 21, Shelley St, Midlevels, Hong Kong T: 2530 4461 | F: 2530 4497 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.ozhongkong.com | Office Hours: 9am-5pm (Mon, Wed, Fri) Office: T: 2530 4461 | E: email@example.com Membership Manager, Adrian Ryan: E: firstname.lastname@example.org Marketing Manager, Adrian Ryan: E: email@example.com KangaNews Editorial, Bruce Andrews: E: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Australian Association office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday. However, if no-one is there please leave a message which will be answered as soon as possible. The views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of the committee. Images are the property of the Association and may be used on our website and for promotional purposes. This includes images of children from our events. If you do not want your children to be featured please contact the office.
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OCTOBER 2016 | PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE Hello, It would be fair to say that practically everybody has been touched, in one way or another, by cancer. I can’t think of any friend who doesn’t have a family member or know a relative, friend or colleague who’s been affected. Researchers have made amazing advances in treating many forms of this scourge. Australian researchers, in particular, have been at the forefront of new medicines and new medical approaches to try to beat this scourge. It’s a common enemy across borders. The Queensland Institute of Medical Research has now, for many years, been working hand in hand with Hong Kong University to develop an immunotherapy treatment for a type of throat cancer that’s quite unique to this area of southern China and predominantly affects young men. October, however, is a month set-aside to raise awareness about Breast Cancer. This, too, has been a global campaign. It is a personal one of the Australian Association. For many years we have set aside a morning in October to raise money to support Breast Cancer services in our adopted home. This was originally in response to one of our members who succumbed to this horrible disease. It’s now an annual cause and one I urge you to support if you can by joining our Pink Morning Tea on 12 October at the Langham Hotel in TST. It’s a serious cause but this event is one of fun; a colourful campaign, if you like, to give a little to help a lot. October is packed full of fun events. There are our regular happenings but we’re also bringing to you a special opportunity to sample and learn about great Aussie wines from the world’s newest Great Wine Capital – Adelaide! This night will present handmade wines with homespun stories from people who craft them. And it comes with a view. Join our Great South Australian Wine Tasting at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. Details in this edition of Kanga News and online at website or on our Facebook page. Finally, don’t forget to secure your seat at the biggest long lunch of them all: The Melbourne Cup. We’ve dropped the price from last year, added all-inclusive drinks and moved into the newly renovated “Millions” – an indoor/outdoor venue at the Happy Valley Racecourse. There will be live betting on all the Melbourne races and tons of giveaways, which may include the chance to fly to Flemington yourself… not on the day of the course! I look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon!
Thank you to our contributors There is a team of diligent members and friends who prepare the regular articles in Kanga News. We would like to acknowledge them (in alphabetical order): Sam Agars Sports Report: Dragons | Bruce Andrews Dragon Boating | Greg Bax Sports Report | Karen Buckley Expat Corner | Philip Hargrave Property | Dr Lloyd Kenda The Valley Vet | Gavin McDougall Presidents Message | Paul Tighe Australian Consul General | Jess Mizzi Out & About | Members of the General and Social Committees for the photos and event updates.
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OCTOBER 2016 | AUSTRALIAN CONSUL GENERAL Hello… and farewell! As I write for this edition of Kanga News, Diane and I watch as removalists pack-up our belongings to be shipped back to our home in Canberra. Such is the nature of being part of the diplomatic corps that this day inevitably arrives. After five years we prepare to leave Hong Kong with indelible memories formed by the experience of living in one of the world’s most amazing cities. Importantly, these memories are also overflowing with knowledge of the positive influence that Australia and Australians have in contributing to the vibrancy that underscores Hong Kong’s place in the world. I think it is reasonable to suggest that the relationship between Australia and Hong Kong has never been in better shape. During our time here more Australian companies and individuals have placed their faith in that relationship. The growth and diversity of Australian companies and professionals, and the potential for continued development, especially in the services, design and digital economy sectors, remains strong. Several senior Australian officials have visited Hong Kong, including the Treasurer and Foreign and Trade ministers as well as several state governors. Similarly, there have been high-level government visits to Australia, including the first official visit by the Chief Secretary. On the cultural side, we’ve had the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Dance Company, Australian Girls Choir and Australian Youth Band, several best-selling Australian authors, sports heroes and indigenous performers who have entertained and enthralled local audiences. While I may be the representative in Hong Kong of the Australian Government, the reality is that the work of the Consulate can only truly be measured as a cooperative effort with the hundreds of Australian businesses, and tens of thousands of Australians like you who have chosen to be active members of the local economy and community. We are leaving Hong Kong but Diane and I will always have a keen eye on what is happening in this corner of the world. We do so having been lucky enough to meet some dedicated and talented individuals making a difference at many levels of Hong Kong society. Mostly we will do so because of the special friendships we have made. More than anything, we would like to thank you all for welcoming us into your community. Our best wishes to you all.
Paul Tighe, Consul-General
Australian Consulate-General 23rd Floor, Harbour Centre 25 Harbour Road, Wanchai Tel: 2827 8881 Fax: 2585 4457 Email: email@example.com www.hongkong.china.embassy.gov.au Consular & Passports Office Mon to Fri: 9am – 4pm to lodge, until 5pm for passport collection. Tel: 2827 8881 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.passports.gov.au Notarial Acts Wed only: 9am – 1pm Certified copies, witnessing signatures, document authentication. Fees apply, check the website. Visas & Citizenship Australian Visa Application Centre Unit 10-11, Floor 27, Prosperity Millennia Plaza 663 King’s Road, Quarry Bay Email: email@example.com Tel: +852 2185 6326 www.vfsglobal.com/Australia/HongKong/ Austrade 24th Floor, Harbour Centre Mon to Fri: 8:45am – 5pm Tel: 2588 5300 Fax: 2827 4145 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.austrade.hk Education Section Email: email@example.com www.studyinaustralia.gov.au Travel Advice www.smartraveller.gov.au Don’t forget: - Check our website for the list of services available for Australians - Also available from our website are: - Passport, Australian visa and documentation authentication fees - Details of when passport officers will visit Macau - Public holidays observed by Consulate staff - Remember, passports take 15 working days to process - Australians living in or visiting Hong Kong and Macau are encouraged to register at www.smartraveller.gov.au. The information is used only in cases of emergency.
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ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCEMENTS | OCTOBER 2016
Member Benefits Make the most of your Aussie Association membership. Check out the Member Benefits
listings on the Australian Association website. You can save hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars on discounted goods and services such as travel services, dentist bills, beauty care, home decorations, hotels and restaurants, and much, much more. Take advantage of the great savings â€Ś all just by carrying your Australian Association membership card. Please click here to see the latest benefits available for our members.
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Out & About I love this time of year in Hong Kong. I feel like the worst of the summer heat and humidity is finally behind us (that or I’ve just really acclimatised!) and it’s the perfect time to get out and about. We are also coming up to my favourite event of the year- Pink Morning Tea! If you haven’t got your tickets yet be sure to get in now before they quickly sell out. The social committee has been busy putting together the final touches and it is sure to be a fantastic morning out. The Langham Hotel is organizing a wonderful spread, Petersen’s are providing the sparkling wine and the famous Grand Hyatt pink lamingtons are back again! Plus there are loads of great raffle prizes with restaurant vouchers, beauty products and jewelry all up for grabs! I hope to see you there!
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realize that the end of the year is fast approaching with lots to do bet ween now and everyone disappearing for the holiday season. If you haven’t already - get your tickets for Melbourne Cup on November 1st and mark your diaries for our Aussie Countdown to Christmas Lunch on November 25th. These are both going to be fantastic events and a great chance to catch up with friends old and new. If you haven’t already make sure you like the Australian Association on Facebook to get the latest updates and check that you are receiving the weekly What’s On e-mails. There are new events popping up all the time like beachside BBQs, sundowners and social hikes so it has never been easier to get and about in Hong Kong with your Aussie mates. Hugs, Jess Mizzi Chair, Social Committee
Our regular events are back again with SMB for the blokes on the 11th October, Explore Hong Kong on the 18th and Ladies Night on the last Thursday of the month (the 27th). Of course our weekly coffee mornings are running every Friday and we love welcoming new faces as well as catching up with the regulars. It’s also this time of year when I
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OCTOBER 2016 | CALENDAR MONDAY
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OCTOBER 2016 | UPCOMING EVENTS
Mahjong Mondays Did you know that a winning hand in mahjong actually contains 14 (or 17) tiles? And that the goal is to make four or five melds (also depending on the variation) and one pair, or “head”? It may sound complicated, but it isn’t and we will have you playing like a pro in no time. Beginners are welcome. Come and join in the fun. Time: 10 am – 1 pm Where: Dynasty Court Function Room, 23 Old Peak Road, Mid-levels Cost: Members: $80 / Non-Members: $130 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Mums and Bubs Mondays The Mums and Bubs group is an informal catch up for parents and their children of all ages, allowing kids to stretch their legs and parents to socialise. From June 2016, the Mums and Bubs group will meet at Baumhaus in Wan Chai. Cost: $40 Venue: “Baumhaus,”1/F, 36 Queens Road East, Wanchai (near Star Street, just opposite the entrance to Pacific Place 3). Please note: Socks are required for all adults and non-slip socks are advisable for children over the age of four years. For all class bookings and enquiries, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Morning Tennis Tuesdays Come for a hit and giggle or if you want a “work out” we can do that too. We are looking for anyone that can hit a ball, preferably over the net. You need to be available on Tuesday mornings from 9am until 11am. We are the tennis group for you if you: • don’t want to commit to competition but want a hit of tennis • enjoy a little chat. We have two courts booked every week. If this interests you, please come along to the tennis. When: 9am–11am Cost: Members: $40 / Non-members: $60 Contact: email@example.com Weather: Please contact the HK Tennis Centre on 2574 9122 if the weather is doubtful. Rachel has stepped down as the coordinator of Morning Tennis and so we are looking for a replacement. Please contact Adrian | firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help.
1st Wednesday of September Time: Venue: Cost: Booking:
10:00am to 1:00pm Oolaa Petite, Shop 12 & 14, Regal Court, Star St., Wan Chai Pay for food and drinks on the day Not required, just show up
For any questions email Connie Albracht | email@example.com
Cooee Coffee Fridays Cooee Coffee is our casual coffee morning get together, perfect for both newcomers to Hong Kong and also to catch up with old friends. No need to book, just turn up and enjoy some great coffee, maybe a treat and a chat. Each session is hosted by a member of the Social Committee so there will be someone to meet and greet you and introduce you to others if it’s your first visit. If you have particular questions about life in Hong Kong, we’ll be able to help answer them or at least point you in the right direction. For any questions email Nikki Wilson | firstname.lastname@example.org 15 KANGANEWS | OCTOBER 2016
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Secret Men’s Business Lunch Tuesday, 9 October October’s lunch will be on Tuesday the 11th. Whether you are a regular or have never been to one of our lunches before, come and enjoy the company in a relaxed setting. This month we are again at Devil’s Advocate in Wanchai. Time: Venue: Cost: Booking:
12:15pm to whenever you need to leave Devil’s Advocate, 48 Lockhart Road, Wanchai Pay for food and drinks on the day Not required, just show up
For more information on SMB events, contact Michael Madigan on 9384 2407.
Pink Morning Tea
The Australian Association of Hong Kong invites you to support our fundraising event for the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation. Join us for an exclusive morning tea where you can enjoy pink delights while overlooking Victoria Harbour at the elegant Langham Hotel. Date: Wednesday, 12 October Time: 10.00am-12.00pm Location: The Langham, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (MTR Exit 4). Dress: Pink & fun! Cost: Members $450, Non-members $550 Bookings: www.ozhongkong.com.
Australian Association South Australian Wine Tasting live Wednesday, 26 October 2016 Time: from 19:00 to 22:00 (HKT) Venue: Hong Kong | Hong Kong Maritime Museum Cost: $264 Members Booking: www.ozhongkong.com
Explore Hong Kong Tuesday, 18 October This month we will be heading to Lamma Island for lunch. If you are feeling energetic you can join us to hike the family trail afterwards. Meeting point: Central Ferry Pier 4 Date: Tuesday, 18 October Time: 11.30am (for 11:50am Ferry) to 4.30pm Cost: Members free. Non-members: $50 will be collected on the day. For more information, contact Jess Mizzi at email@example.com.
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Come to the Australian Association’s 2016 Melbourne Cup Long Lunch where you can dress in your best racecourse fashions, see the race that stops a nation live and share the excitement.
Date: Tuesday, 1 November Time: From 10.30am Location: The Millions, Happy Valley Jockey Club, Happy Valley Racecourse Bookings: www.ozhongkong.com.
WANTED: EVENT COORDINATORS
Our Tuesday Tennis Coordinator is leaving Hong Kong and we require someone to pick up the ball so to speak. The requirements are enthusiasm, a tennis racquet, workout clothes and the WANT to hit a ball...preferably over the net. You need to be available Tuesday morning from 9am until 11am. This is a great way to get to know more people, especially if you are new to Hong Kong! When: 9.00 - 11.00am, Tuesdays Where: Wong Nai Chung Tennis Centre Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Want to advertise your business in our Classifieds area? Not only will your classified feature in the 12 month subscription of Kanga News, it will be listed on our Classified Page on our website. For more information regarding the advertising opportunities and costs please contact Adrian at email@example.com
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MEET | OCTOBER 2016
Meet ... Tony Crowhurst Where do you live and how long have you been in Hong Kong?
Favourite food experience in Hong Kong?
I live in Kowloon near the ICC and arrived in Hong Kong late January 2015.
I enjoy going to the PickledÂ Pelican at Stanley, it's a great place to eat with my family but also fun to hang out after dragon boat racing
What was your introduction to the Australian Association? One of my daughters found the association online and signed me up suggesting all different events I could go to, and I chose SMB as my first introduction to the AA.
How are you most involved with the Association these days? I am currently a member of the general committee, and I enjoy helping to organise events such as Sundowners.
What is your favourite experience that you have had with the Association so far? There has been several, some highlights would be dragon boat racing, SMB and sundowners.
What advice would you give to an Australian about to move to Hong Kong? As a male trailing spouse I would say to really throw yourself into the association, SMB has been the best way for me to meet others in my position who are now some of my best friends. All it takes is one visit to an event and you'll be hooked and willÂ make some new friends !
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Favourite holiday destination in Asia? The best thing about Hong Kong is everywhere in Asia is so accessible compared to traveling from Australia, but my favourite place so far has been China, as I really enjoy historical sights, such as seeing the terracotta warriors to hiking parts of the Great Wall
What would you change about Hong Kong if you could? I'd turn down the humidity just a bit, and I'd have two sets of escalators for mid levels! I always seem to be wanting to go the opposite way to which there running.
Tell us something we all need to know about you? I'm a loving father of two daughters and a trailing spouse, because of this I have had the opportunity to meet many people at the AA and I want to help out new arrivals to Hong Kong just as those who have helped me.
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PROPERTY | OCTOBER 2016
Property If the early Spring auction results are any indication of what we can expect for the remainder of the year then house prices will continue to rise. The buoyant market is fuelled by the lack of stock and record low interest rates. In Melbourne the middle weekend of September, 2016 saw an 81% clearance rate with 756 properties auctioned. This is a somewhat different result to the same weekend in 2015 where there 1052 auctions and the clearance rate was 74%. Sydney had an even better clearance rate for the middle weekend in September with an 85% clearance rate with 567 properties auctioned. This clearance rate is the highest recorded in Sydney since June 2015 which was during the height of the housing boom. These figures are very different from the same weekend in 2015 when the clearance rate was 77%. Sydney’s clearance rate has been above 80% for five of the last six weekends
which has been a huge boost for vendors’ confidence and resulted in vendors reassessing the value of their properties. Sydney’s top performers over the middle weekend of September were as follows: The Upper North Shore had a 91.9% clearance rate. The South a clearance rate of 91.7% The Inner West a clearance rate of 90.8% The Northern Beaches a clearance rate of 89.3% And the Lower North Shore with an 83.9% clearance rate. The most expensive house sold at auction in Sydney in the middle weekend was in Llandilo Avenue, Strathfield which sold for $7.3 million. Other big prices attained that weekend were: Lower Wycombe Road, Neutral Bay, a 5 bedroom home, which sold for $7.25 million Homebush Road, Strathfield, a 5 bedroom home, which sold for $4.2 million 43 Liverpool Street, Paddington, a 3 bedroom house, which sold for $3,325,000 and Dorking Road, Cabarita which sold for $3.03 million.
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OCTOBER 2016 | PROPERTY
In Melbourne the auction results were also very bullish with the top price being achieved with the sale of a grand family home with a tennis court and pool but on a major road being Dandenong Road,
value only sold for $2,825,000
Armadale which attained a huge $5,525,000 â€“it was on the market at $5 million.
and was on the market at $1.6 million.
In Summerhill Avenue, East Malvern two houses were sold, the first, a Californian bungalow which was abutting the local primary school and had been tastefully renovated sold for $2,590,000 with the other in the street selling for over $2.4 million and it was on the market at $2.25 million. Also in East Malvern in Devonshire Road was the sale of a recently renovated villa unit which sold for $1,914,000
Irving Avenue, Prahran a superbly renovated 2 bedroom cottage with a garage sold for $1,880,000
Cambridge Street, Armadale, a somewhat tired 2 bedroom timber cottage sold for $1.73 million and was on the market at $1.47 million. Spencer Place, Richmond, a townhouse close to Bridge Road which sold for $1,695,000. As this article indicates the market remains strong and willin all likelihood continue to remain so while there is a lack of stock and economic conditions remain the same.
Other good results were attained in: Maitland Street, Glen Iris a period home which was in comfortable condition but was possibly land
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EXPAT CORNER | OCTOBER 2016
Pokemon Go…going gone! I’m sure most of you will have heard of the latest craze to sweep the world… Pokémon Go. The devotees of the game (i.e. my family) informed me the game has been out for months in Australia, and was released in Hong Kong a few weeks later. I am not a gamer; I don’t play games on the computer of any sort. To be honest I find sitting in front of the computer for more than an hour a challenge. Monopoly and scrabble are more my style. So naturally I had no interest in the new Pokémon craze until it became obvious that unless I found out what it was all about it was going to miss out on valuable bonding time with my family. N o t o n ly we re my c h i l dren playing obsessively in Australia, when I got back to Hong Kong, my husband was addicted. Having resisted for weeks, when one of our sons loaded it onto his phone. David took it on as his mission; to get more Pokémon’s than his children as quickly as possible. (The fact he is one of the most competitive people I know will help you understand the zeal with which he undertook this challenge!) With a deep sigh, and a sense that I was selling my soul, I allowed Pokémon Go to be downloaded onto my phone. If you can’t beat them join them right! For those who don’t understand how the game works, Pokémon are little creatures (some very cute) that pop up in varying locations around city 27 KANGANEWS | OCTOBER 2016
centres. The idea is for you to capture them and then you can evolve them into bigger and better Pokémon. There are Pokéstops also situated around the city, which are usually landmarks, some well known, others not so much. The idea is you go out walking and find as many Pokémon and Pokéstops as you can. What I like about the game is that it encourages people to get out of the house and walk and explore the city they live in. Anything that encourages exercise is a bonus in my eyes. So on my first weekend back in Hong Kong my husband and I decided to walk up to the Peak. David is always a keen exerciser but he was up early and ready to go in record time last Saturday morning. We set off with phones in hand and I proceeded to get a crash course in the art of Pokémon Go. Before long I was catching Rattata, Pidgey, Sandshrew and I even hatched an egg! I started to see the appeal in the game and even walked a bit slower so we didn’t miss anything. After 45mins of catching little creatures, I decided it was time to put the phone away and do some serious exercise. I kissed David goodbye and headed off on the trails for a nice long run, while he continued down the Peak and into Kennedy town to capture some of the more elusive Poké animals. Later that afternoon feeling tired but happy with
OCTOBER 2016 | EXPAT CORNER my Pokémon hunting and four hour trail run, I was settling down to read my book when my husband appeared in my study, shoes in hand and said, “It’s a lovely afternoon, lets go out for a walk”. I was a touch suspicious as the AFL football was on and David never usually leaves the house until it is finished. He explained that it was half time and he felt like some fresh air. I grabbed my phone and my runners and we headed out the door. When we got downstairs it was raining, I looked at David and exclaimed, “it’s raining, I thought you said it was a nice day???” He quickly answered, “its only drizzling, I will go and grab some umbrella’s” and before I knew it he had disappeared. By this time I suspected that Pokémon hunting was the lure to go for a walk, not the sudden urge to exercise twice a day! We had an enjoyable hour wandering through Sheung Wan and Sai Yin Pun, discovering parts of HK Island I had not explored before. By the time we headed home I was up to level 6, had a full bag of Poké balls and captured some cute little critters. However, the appeal of Pokémon Go was wearing off for me. I had given it a go, I understood how it worked, but I didn’t feel the pull to continue searching the world for every rare and elusive Pokémon that existed. The next day as I was starting to cook dinner, my husband appeared in the kitchen, runners in hand again, and asked if I wanted to go for a walk (he has never walked this much in his life). I said no
as I wanted to get dinner ready. Forty-five minutes later he hadn’t returned, so I sent him a message to say dinner was ready, and asked was he close to home? He replied he would be back in 15 minutes. When he returned I asked where he had walked as he had been gone for quite a while. He looked at me quizzically and explained he had headed to Kennedy Town and then realized there were a lot of lures around (other Pokémon players set out lures to bring the Pokémon to them). So he had sat at a bar and had a drink while he waited for all the Pokémon to come to him. (Picture David in a bar surrounded by his mates Pikachu, Pidgwey and Nidorina)! To s a y I w a s n o t impressed is an understatement. The one redeeming feature of the game was that it got people moving. When you sit in a bar and lure Pokémon’s to come to you, that’s going too far. Pokémon Go officially lost all appeal for me at that moment. Pokemon Go…going Gone! ! Karen Buckley Strive Lifestyle Coaching Certified Life Coach/Fitness Consultant email@example.com www.strivelifestylecoaching.com
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SPORTS REPORT | OCTOBER 2016 NRL The final series has been enthralling for all the right reasons with the second round being mercifully free of the controversial refereeing calls made in the first round. All the top four teams were
The Cowboys have now had two very hard matches and will have to recover to best Cronulla. There are two schools of thought here, the first being they will be exhausted and be easy picking for the side who had the week off and the other
successful in going through top the semis which considering their regular season performance is
being they are battle hardened and in top form and even harder to beat. Canberra have been flying under the radar but the win over Penrith was impressive but will have to improve to challenge Melbourne to progress to the Grand Final. Melbourne, as per usual, are being complained about for dirty tricks including wresting and delaying tactics in tackles, a charge Melbourne naturally deny and call it an attempt to play mind games.
how it should have been. With the possible exception of the Broncos these were the standout sides during the year. The games between Cowboys and Broncos over the past fourteen months are going to obtain legendary status in the future. They have played five times with four going to extra time and the other being tied at the 78 minute mark. Cowboys won three and Broncos two. To call it a rivalry is a misnomer considering the good nature all the games are played in. The decision to ditch the golden point in favor of extra time was vindicated as the extra ten minutes allowed for a more even contest to win and the try scored is more satisfying than the lottery of a field goal shoot out. 29 KANGANEWS | OCTOBER 2016
My prediction is a Melbourne â€“ Cronulla grand final as I consider the last two games have drained the Cowboy players just that little bit too much, witness the post State of Origin form decline in key players as evidence these tough games take it out even on the best and fittest of players, also I hope I am wrong.
AFL The reign of the Hawks is over, for this year at least. Hawthorn were made to go the long way round in the finals but managed to exit in straight sets unlike last year where they went all the way. Another side going the long way were Sydney Swans who were bashed out of the first final by the debutantes in every way, GWS. The Swans emulated GWS in a ferocious encounter the following week against Adelaide and had a good win. The success of the new GWS has to extent overshadowed the rise of the Western Bulldogs. Both these teams showcase young talent and aggres-
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sive play based upon the old style play of kicking to contests, attacking handballs and tall men doing what they know best. The result is that one of these two teams will be in the Grand Final. There is also talk of a backlash should GWS win as the fledgling club is not considered to have ‘earned’ a premiership especially in relation to the Bulldogs 50 plus years wait. Geelong has been doing what it always does and shows up at the pointy end of the field in good form and can be easily seen to go all the way. The move of Patrick Dangerfield from Adelaide to Geelong is obviously a key to their good form as evidenced by Patrick being by far the leading contender for the Brownlow medal this year.
with podium finishes and settling into a comfortable third place on the championship table. Top of the table is a dog fight between Rosberg and Hamilton
My prediction, hope really, is for an all Sydney grand final but in reality any combination of the four finalists would be fitting end for this years competition.
The V8 Supercars are in endurance mode with the Garth Tander Holden winning the curtain raiser at Sandown, interest now shifts to the iconic Bathurst
Motor Car Racing Daniel Ricciardo has been having a good month
1000 where the fords will put up a better showing than their recent past. Here’s hoping for good result for Volvo factory team who are withdrawing at the end of the year. The dominance of 888 racing team is on show with them locking up the first three places in the drivers championship, Van Gisbergen from Wincup and Lowndes in third place, this dominance should get stronger with the withdrawal of ford racing and the downsizing of Holden involvement to just the 888 team.
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The A League will kick off next month but has been struggling for exposure due to the richness of the talent on display in both the NRL and the AFL. The major signing of Tim Cahill during the off season was about the only time the local round ball game had any air time. Tim Cahill was also in the news as the only current A League player selected for the upcoming games against Saudi Arabia and Japan meaning the A league teams will be at full strength for the opening round starting on October 9. Daniel Ricciardo (before doing just that) referring to The national team are performing well and only Daniels racing boot filled with champagne after the need one win in the remaining two matches second place in the Belgian GP to qualify for the World Cup, but we would definitely qualify for a play off position in a worst case “It’s an Aussie thing”Daniel in explaining the ‘shoey’ scenario. Greg Bax Paralympics Scribe The Australian team again did us proud, the medal table had us at fifth place, 22 of the 81 being gold, the same overall position as the London games. The number of competitors who achieved personal bests is the most gratifying part of these games, whether you win a medal or not the passing of a person milestone is a great indication of the level of performance gained. Mention must be made of Kurt Fearnley who in winning silver in the wheelchair marathon made it winning paralympic medals in the last five games stretching all the way back to the 2000 games in Sydney.
Quotes “What Iam going to do with adrenaline in Brazil? Win the gold medal” Ryley Batt, Wheelchair rugby. - the team did just that “I’m not drinking out of that mate”Mark Webber to OCTOBER 2016 | KANGANEWS 32
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SPORTS REPORT | DRAGONS
Asian Champs The Hong Kong Dragons are deep into their Asian Champs preparation and the title defence is coming together nicely, with strong numbers and some of the Dragons’ best committing to the trip to Vietnam. For the first time the Dragons will take two teams to a Champs tournament, testing numbers but also allowing the reigning premiers to display the depth that has held them is such good stead in previous years. The 17th edition of the Champs, taking place on October 14 and 15, promises to be huge, with 17 teams participating, while there will also be a women’s game and an All-Asian Cup. The Dragons have drawn the Philippines, Malaysia and Jakarta in pool play and captain Tim Smith is confident they will go in as prepared as possible. “The squad has been hard at work over the past couple of months mixing skills and fitness as well as welcoming a raft of new Dragons into the team in order to defend our 2015 Championship title,” he said. “Asian Champs gets harder every year and whilst we are proud of our recent successes it means nothing come October 15, we will have to play harder and faster than in the years gone by just as all the teams challenging us will be doing. The boys are fully aware of the task ahead but we are heading into the tournament ready to take on whatever is thrown our way and for the first time in our club’s history we are thrilled to be taking in two teams.”
Super September September was a bumper month for the Dragons, with the newly implemented State of Origin tournament on September 10 seeing South Australia, Victoria and the Allies face off in a fierce but good-spirited day of football. The Croweaters came out on top, while the Vics went home winless in what will become a permanent fixture on the Dragons calendar for years to come. That evening the Dragons held their annual black tie ball and it was once again a sensational night and a great way celebrate another 12 months at the Dragons. To cap things off the Dragons hosted their first stand-alone AFL grand final function at the Hong Kong Football Club, with the Port Adelaide Football Club heavily involved. Star midfielder Ollie Wines and up and coming ruck/forward Dougal Howard took part in an Auskick clinic on grand final morning and then took part in a Q and A at half-time of the main game. For updates, head to www.hk-dragons.com and subscribe to our weekly mailer. OCTOBER 2016 | KANGANEWS 34
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Scratch, Scratch, Scratch, Scratch……. Itchy cats and dogs make up a large proportion of patients seen at a veterinary practice. These scratching or pruritic (the technical term for itchy) pets usually have a seasonal variation of intensity. This time of the year when the weather is changing is often the worst time for pets with allergic skin. So what causes the itchiness? It is generally a combination of several factors, with the more factors involved, the more severe the problem. The itchiness can be due to physical irritation or to an allergic response. Fleas are a common culprit. Their presence in the coat can cause any animal (or human) to itch. However, if the animal has an allergy to the flea saliva, which is a very, very common condition, they can go mad scratching after just one fleabite. This chronic, aggressive scratching causes more inflammation in the skin, which opens up its vulnerability to invasion by skin bacteria. A superficial bacterial infection results, which is even itchier… a fast moving vicious circle is established. Within a short time the animal can have severe hair loss, red raw skin, a bad smell from the body and an owner that has been kept up all night by the constant scratching of their pet!
Allergies play a major part in itchy pets. Allergens are the things that cause allergies. Flea allergy is often recognised by owners but the pet maybe allergic to certain proteins in the diet, certain materials that they may lay on, certain pollen and mold spores that may be in the air or scratched onto the skin as they walk through the grass. Each animal has its own allergic threshold. On its own, the pet may not show an allergic response to a certain type of protein in the diet (most commonly beef), or contact with a type of pollen, or a flea bite. However, several allergens may combine together to reach the allergic threshold of the pet, after which the pet will be itchy and the vicious cycle begins. At the beginning of summer fleas start to go on the rampage as they emerge from their hibernation, there is a burst of pollen in the air and grasses start to flower. All of these combined can suddenly make the pet start to itch! So, what can we do to cure a pet of allergies causing skin problems? Unfortunately there is no cure, but control is the key. Initially the vet will need to treat the inflamOCTOBER 2016 | KANGANEWS 36
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mation and the bacterial infection in the skin. and may be required for long periods when the Corticosteroids are often used to stop the itchiness allergens are “thick” in the air. This is the same and reduce the inflammation in the skin. A medica- with our atopic pets i.e. pets that have allergies to tion called “Atopica” is proving to be far superior to things they breathe in. These pets can live in an corticosteroids to control allergy to inhaled aller- oxygen tent, go out and about and itch, or take gens, with no short term or long term side effects. medications to alleviate the itchiness. There is no “Apoquel” is another newer medication that is “cure” and medications such as “Atopica” may be also proving to be very effective. Antibiotics are required on and off for the whole summer season often prescribed to eliminate the secondary skin and sometimes all year round. infection. Medicated shampoos that have an antibacterial effect, soothe the skin and help to shed This is the weak link in the control process, but due the dry, dead skin layer. Next, we need to initiate to the threshold principle, if all the other allergens steps to control the allergy and avoid it getting to are eliminated from the pet’s life, then this inhalant the mad itch, red, raw infected skin stage! allergy on its own may not be enough to cause We know that there is a threshold principle at work and that the allergens combine to cause the problem. Eliminating as many of these allergens from the pet’s environment is the starting point. Flea control is easy with the multitude of very effective and safe flea control products now available. Fleas should never, ever be a problem on your pet! You can have full control of what your pet sleeps on and walks on… so contact allergies can be eliminated. Feeding your pet is 100 per cent controlled by you. You determine exactly what goes into your pet’s food bowl; so potential food allergies can be controlled. The only component that you can’t control is inhalant allergens. The air in Hong Kong is full of pollen, mold, and many other contaminants. If you are allergic to peanuts - you don’t eat peanuts. So if your pet is allergic to beef - don’t feed them beef. If you suffer from “hay fever” - you have three choices: 1: Live in an oxygen tent away from inhaled allergens. 2: Go out and about and sneeze yourself silly, or 3: Take medications to stop the allergy affecting you. As you know this does not cure the problem, but it alleviates the symptoms, 37 KANGANEWS | OCTOBER 2016
symptoms in the pet. Allergic pets are a challenge for the vet and the owner. Control of the problem requires constant monitoring and regular treatment. It can be frustrating, but it is very rewarding for everyone when allergies are kept under long term control and everyone can have a peaceful night’s sleep. Especially the pet! Dr Lloyd Kenda BSc(Psych) BSc(VetBiol) BVMS(Hons) MRCVS MACVSc(SASurgery) Valley Veterinary Centre www.valleyvetcentre.com.hk