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November 2018

SAIL AWAY Nick Moloney talks sailing in Sai Kung

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4 Snapped! Sai Kung’s social life


30 Malvern College The British style school’s first year in Hong Kong



6 What’s happening in November Plus a Christmas fair guide

32 Movember Raising awareness for men’s health



12 What’s going on? In your backyard

34 Big Day Out Tara Smyth explores Pat Sin Leng

GIVEAWAYS 14 Free stuff Win a 3 Night Stay at Hakuba Springs Hotel CRIME



36 South African Safari Vasavi Seethepalli explores VILLAGE FOCUS

15 Police blotter What have the Sai Kung police been up to? MUST HAVE THIS MONTH 16 Christmas prep Get your house festive ready LOCAL

40 Sha Ha Village Becky Love has a wander


ZIM CITY 42 Paul Zimmerman explains… Replenishing our tree population after the storm

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18 A day at Sai Kung Stray Friends Dogs, dinners and adoptions FIVE MINUTES WITH...

43 Spot the difference Test your eyes with this challenge PETS 44 Ask Dr Pauline Dr Pauline answers your pet questions. Plus Walkies.

19 Catherine Wang Founder of Natures Twist COVER STORY



20 Sail Away Your guide to owning a boat in Sai Kung DINING 26 Thanksgiving A non-American guide plus nibbles with Gordon Ramsay

47 In the garden What to plant in November VINES IN SAI KUNG 48 Typhoon Mangkhut cleanup Stephen Vines gives his thoughts



editor’s letter


here’s only one month left until the most wonderful time of year and I’m already counting down the days! We hopped on the Christmas bandwagon a little early this year (it must be the cool air) and assembled a guide to the city’s best Christmas markets, to guarantee you get the most original presents and decorations on page 10. I had the pleasure of sitting down with professional Yachtsman, Nick Moloney to talk about all things boats, buoy’s and traveling around-the-world. Check out page 24 to get some boatspiration for your next outing! Try out a new look and support a good cause this Movember by growing a Mo to help raise awareness for men’s health. We round up the best places for male grooming and top tips for the perfect stache on page 32. If you can’t wait a whole month to taste some Turkey? Don’t worry Thanksgiving is right around the corner, offering a range of tasty treats on November 22. Have a great November and get yourself down to Harrod’s (Shun Kee City Housewares) and let the holiday prep begin!


Managing editor Gemma Shaw, gemma@hongkongliving.com Editor Nicole Slater, nicole@hongkongliving.com Editorial assistant Becky Love, becky@hongkongliving.com Media trainee Jeramy Lee, jeramy@hongkongliving.com


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Molly Taylor Tara Smyth Dr Pauline

Jacky Chan Catherine Wang Nick Moloney

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Becky Love

Vasavi Seethepalli

Natalie Cheung

Ventured out to Sai Kung for the first time since arriving in Hong Kong a year ago, to explore Sha Ha Village.

Jetted off to South Africa this month to explore the wilderness on a once-in-a-lifetime safari trip.

Is majoring in English Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong. She is currently interning at Hong Kong Living.

What’s your favourite thing about Sai Kung?

The vibrant promenade and fresh seafood displays. What’s your opinion on moustaches, love them or hate them?

Love them - when they are attached to a beard.

What’s your favourite thing about Sai Kung?

Love the feel of a small town atmosphere What’s your opinion on moustaches, love them or hate them?

Depends on person to person...and if it’s grown for a cause then it’s even better

What’s your favourite thing about Sai Kung?

Her favorite thing about Sai Kung is the relaxing atmosphere and nice cafes. What’s your opinion on moustaches, love them or hate them?

I think they are mysterious and funny!




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people Snaps from Sai Kung


say cheese Sai Kung Stray Friends at Hebe Haven 24 Hour Dinghy Race

Expat Parent International Schools Fair



NOV 10

Hong Kong Spartan Race Test your endurance in the World’s biggest obstacle course race. Expect to run, climb, push, pull, throw and crawl through mud and barbed wire. Registration is now open for adults and kids. 7am. Prices vary. Kam Tin Country Club, Shui Mei Tsuen, New Territories. spartanrace.hk

UNTIL NOV 4 “Giselle”

Revisit one of the greatest romantic ballets of all time with Giselle, a passionate tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness. Presented by Hong Kong Ballet. $140. Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Grand Theatre, Tsim Sha Tsui. hkballet.com


German Bierfest 2018 Celebrate the 27th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s most authentic and popular Bierfest! Enjoy traditional German food against the backdrop of Victoria Harbour, plus great entertainment from The Notenhobler band from Germany. 6 - 11pm daily. From $160 (includes one beer). Viewing Platform, Level 6, Marco Polo Hotel, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. gbfhk.com


Sai Kung Montessori Information Session Learn more about the Montessori


philosophy created over 100 years ago by Dr. Maria Montessori, and its teachings. Free. 6.30pm. To RSVP, email info@ saikungmontessori.com

NOV 1 - 30

Movember Men’s Health Appeal Raise funds and awareness throughout November, and make a difference for men’s health - in prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Various events. See hk.movember.com


Sandy Bay Charity Fair The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children will be hosting a charity fair to raise funds to upgrade medical equipment. 10am - 5pm. Free admission. 12 Sandy Bay Road, Pokfulam. srdc.org.hk


Nord Anglia International School Primary and Secondary Open Day Explore the 5-storey campus, discover outstanding facilities and meet UK-qualified staff. Register your attendance online now. 10am - 1pm. Free. 11 On Tin Street, Lam Tin, Kowloon. nordangliaeducation.com

happening in November NOV 3 - 11

Asia’s flagship Jewish festival is back, and will feature the best Jewish-themed films from all around the world. Times and prices vary. Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty. hkjff.org

The grand opening of the gallery together with the kick-off of the “Visionaries” exhibition features artworks of 4 major Congolese contemporary artists. Drinks, African food and DJ playing the best afro rhythms will keep you entertained until close. 6 - 11 pm. Free. AfricArt Gallery, G/F, 1 Hong Pong Street, Sai Kung. africart.com.hk


The Great Relay The Great Relay is a team trail running event held in a relay style format, where teams collectively complete 3 hours (only 11-17 year old), 5 hours or 10 hours on a 5.5km trail loop. 8am. Team prices start at $1,000. Aberdeen Country Park, Aberdeen Reservoir Road, Aberdeen. fringebacker. com/en/event/the-great-relay-hongkong-2018

NOV 5, 12, 19 & 26

Nord Anglia International School Free Play Sessions Run by outstanding, UK-qualified teaching staff in their custom-made nursery suite. The children, accompanied by you, will have access to high-quality resources and the chance to explore and investigate through play. 3-4pm. Free. Sai Kung and Tai Tam campuses. nordangliaeducation.com

NOV 24

AfricArt Gallery Open Day

Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival

Party, and enjoy pampering stations with mini spa treatments plus a goodie bag filled with spa treats for the first 100 guests. Ticket price includes one complimentary drink. 7 - 9pm. Use promo code HKLIVING118 for free entry. Levels, Central. Pre-register at mindbeautyhk.com/signup

NOV 10

NOV 8 - 10

NOV 10 - 11

HKTDC International Wine and Spirits Fair Now in its 10th year, browse and sample wine, beer, and liquor at Asia’s premier wine event. From 10.30am. $100. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai. event.hktdc.com/fair/ hkwinefair-en

NOV 9 - 11 Clockenflap

Grab your tickets to Hong Kong’s biggest music and arts festival. The three-day festival will feature big names, including Interpol and Khalid. Tickets from $570. Central Harbourfront Event Space. clockenflap.com

Chinese Academy Family Fun Day Participate in activities for parents and kids, including football, arts and crafts, face painting, cricket, fencing and more. Free admission. 9 - 11am. 77 Caroline Hill Road, Causeway Bay. caps.edu.hk

Lan Kwai Fong Japan Carnival The carnival will feature over 40 booths of authentic Japanese delicacies, a selection of Japanese food, Shochu and a varied line up of fun-filled entertainment. From 1pm - late. Free to attend on the streets of Lan Kwai Fong. lankwaifong.com

NOV 15 - 18

The Macau Grand Prix Known for being the only street circuit racing event in which both cars and motorcycles participate, the Macau Grand Prix is back for another year. From 7.30am. Prices from $50MOP. 207 Av da Amizade, Edif. do Grande Premio, Macau. macau. grandprix.gov.mo


Melbourne Cup Luncheon Don’t miss ‘the race that stops the nation’. With free flow drinks from 10am - 2pm, canapes, a three-course lunch and over $100,000 dollars worth of prizes to be won. From 10am. $1,250. Aberdeen Marina Club, 8 Shum Wan Road, Aberdeen. angels-forchildren.org/events


Mind Beauty’s First Anniversary Party Celebrate Mind Beauty’s First Anniversary


planner NOV 16

The Elephant Foundation & African Wildlife Foundation Gala Dinner The Elephant Foundation (TEF) joins forces with African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) for a fundraising dinner themed ‘Take A Walk On The Wildside’. 6.30pm - midnight. Tickets from $2,500. The Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central. theelephantsociety.org/auction-galadinner/

NOV 16

before October 2, $550 thereafter. Flex Studio, Shops 308-310, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang. flexhk. com/workshops

NOV 16 - 18

Oxfam Trailwalker The teams of four are ready to go - cheer them on over 100 kilometres within 48 hours. Supporting Oxfam. Starts 7.30am on Nov 16. Pak Tam Chung Holiday Camp, Sai Kung. oxfamtrailwalker.org.hk

Yamuna Body Rolling for Pelvic Floor Prolapse

NOV 18

This workshop will focus on developing strength and tone to all the support muscles of the hips and pelvis. 11am - 1pm. $480

With new vendors monthly, come along and support local businesses. 11am 4pm. Free admission. Kiosk 1, Sai Kung Waterfront, Wai Man Road Sai Kung. momentai-la.com

Momentai Pop Up Market

NOV 24

Santa comes to Kidnapped Make your Christmas wishes come true by meeting Santa Claus and enjoy a special Christmas storytelling at Kidnapped bookshop between 2-4pm. 7 Man Nin Street, G/F, Sai Kung. facebook.com/ kidnappedbookshop


NOV 29 - DEC 1 Father Christmas

Join Father Christmas as he gets ready for Christmas Eve. Watch as he prepares deliveries, feeds his reindeer and finally takes flight into the snowy night. This heart-warming adaptation is full of merry touches with plenty of live music, songs and puppetry. Various times. From $329. The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai. viagogo.com

happening in November


Yoga Flash Mob: Operation Santa Claus Join in the flash mob of 108 Sun Salutations. Join in at any time to raise funds for Operation Santa Claus. Hosted by The Yoga House. 11am - 12.30pm. $250 per person, with all funds going to Operation Santa Claus. Sai Kung Square, 23 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung. osc.scmp.com


HK50 Series - Lantau 50 - Asian Skyrunning Championship Challenge yourself and take part in the 16km, 27km or 50km trail run and hike. From 6.30am. Pricing varies, spectators free. Man Tung Road Park next to Novotel. Tung Chung, Lantau Island. actionasiaevents.com

DEC 14 - 26

“The Nutcracker”

Follow the magical adventures of Clara, Fritz and the heroic Nutcracker in their quest to defeat the evil Rat King and reunite true love. Various times. Prices from $180. Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Grand Theatre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. hkballet.com

DEC 15

The North Face 100 Take part in the 50km or 100km ultra race, starting and finishing at Tai Mei Tuk in the New Territories. Runners face over 6,300 meters of cumulative elevation gain on the 100km course, and 3,075 meters on the 50km course, including Hong Kong’s highest peak Tai Mo Shan. 8am. Entry prices from $750. thenorthface100.com

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xmas planner fair guide DEC 2 German Swiss International School Christmas Bazaar Grab loads of holiday goodies and enjoy some family friendly fun at this annual event. And don’t miss your chance to get your photo taken with Santa in his grotto! 10am - 4pm. Free admission. 11 Guildford Road, The Peak. mygsis.gsis.edu.hk/bazaar

NOV 1 31st Annual Charity Bazaar The American Woman’s Association (AWA) will be holding its 31st Annual Charity Bazaar with 80 vendors selling a range of items from jewellery to Christmas decor. There will also be a silent auction and lucky draw. PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Sheung Wan. awa.org.hk

NOV 12 Gift & Lifestyle Fair

NOV 12 - 13 The Feel Good Fair The Resurrection Church presents their annual Feel Good Fair. The growing list of vendors includes handcrafted stationery, eco candles, bags, accessories and more. Nov 12 (6-9pm), Nov 13 (9am - midday). Free admission. Resurrection Church, 1/F Pak Sha Wan Centre, Lot 523 DD210, Hiram’s Highway, Pak Sha Wan, Sai Kung. resurrection. org.hk


Browse hundreds of stalls selling gifts and lifestyle products - perfect if you’re hunting for last minute Christmas goodies. Free admission. 10am - 8pm. Grand Ballroom, Conrad Hotel, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty. prestigefairs.hk

NOV 21 The Pre-Christmas Gift Parade Bags, shoes, accessories, fashion, kids items, gifts and MORE. Get your Chrissy shopping ticked off in one go! Free admission. 10am - 8pm. Grand Ballroom, Conrad Hotel, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty. prestigefairs.hk

xmas fair guide

NOV 17 Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar Give your Christmas a Scandi twist with food, decorations, clothing and games, plus live music and drinks by the pool. 10am - 7pm. $50 on the door. Danish Room, Mariners’ Club, 3/F, 2 Container Port Road, Kwai Chung. dcc.hk/events1/event/ scandinavian-christmasbazaar


St. Stephen’s Chapel Annual Christmas Fete Enjoy bouncy castles, games, stalls, food and drink, plus a full programme of entertainment including Hong Kong police dixie bands, dancers, Chinese lion dancers and acrobats. Santa arrives by helicopter at 12.30pm! Funds raised go to charity. Entry $20 for adults, children free. 11am 4.30pm. St. Stephen’s College Sports Ground, 22 Tung Tau Wan Road, Stanley. ststephen.org.hk

NOV 24 Highgate House Christmas Fair Enjoy wonderful seasonal festivities including a variety of children’s crafts, games, food and drinks, puppet shows, face painting and more! Open to all - bring your family and friends along to join in the festive fun! 10am - 2.30pm. Free admission. Highgate House School, The Peak, 100 Peak Road, Central. Register for your free tickets at eventbrite.hk

NOV 25

The Repulse Bay Christmas Fair Browse Christmas decorations, childrens items, gifts, paintings, handicrafts, jewelry, home accessories and much MORE. Plus, live music and kids activities. Free admission. 11am - 6pm. 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay. therepulsebay.com

NOV 25

DEC 1 Il Mercatino Charity Fair Get a little dose of Italy at the Il Mercatino Charity Fair, with Italian food and wine, accessories, branded clothing and an Italian gourmet corner. Funds raised will help projects at the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital. Bring your own bag. 10am - 5pm. $20 entry. 12 Sandy Bay Road, Pokfulam. iwa.org.hk

The Christmas Gift Showcase Don’t leave your Christmas shopping until the last minute! Find it all at the Gift Showcase, from jewelry and gourmet food, to homewares and more. Free admission. 10am - 8pm. Grand Ballroom, Conrad Hotel, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty. prestigefairs.hk



2019 Rugby Sevens Ballot is open Get your tickets for the party of the year! Tickets for this popular sporting event get snapped up fast so a place in the ballot is a great way to be in with a chance of securing tickets. While the ballot doesn’t guarantee tickets, there are 9,000 available. Each person who signs up will be able to apply for a maximum of two adult tickets for each day of the event. A three-day tournament pass costing $1,950. Those who win the ballot will get the opportunity to buy the tickets and collect them before the game. The ballot will be open until February 9 and the draw will take place on February 13. Sign up now at hksevens.com/tickets/ballot-registration. Best of luck!

Bookmark Design Competition

Sightings of wild boars on the rise The hogs of Hong Kong are out for a stroll again. A 38-year-old man was injured by a hog rummaging for food with its family around a garbage station in Che Ha Village. He was taken to Tai Po Nethersole Hospital for treatment. Over the month, similar incidents occurred in other areas of Hong Kong: a boar bit a 65-year-old woman and rammed into a 75-year-old man in Diamond Hill; three boars wandered onto the roads in Causeway Bay. If you happen to come across any wild boars please don’t feed them and notify the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department immediately.

Calling all bookworms! Students studying in the Sai Kung and Tseung Kwan O District can try their hand at creating the perfect bookmark and join the “Library Etiquette” Bookmark Design Competition, with the the chance to win up to $500 in book coupons! To enter, send your bookmark along with an application form (via your school) before November 18. Visit the Public Library’s website or ask your local librarian for more details. hkpl.gov.hk

New infrared sensor camera traps installed on incense trees The Sai Kung police along with the Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department have installed Infrared Sensor Camera Traps (IRSCT) in ten high risk tree felling spots around Sai Kung. This is in an attempt to stop the illegal harming of these vulnerable trees. In Chinese medicine the sap from Incense Trees is believed to treat fungal infections and is worth a lot


of money due to the rarity of the plant. Since installation of the traps, the police have been able to to collect images of suspects attempting to harm the trees and report out to the area in a timely manner, scaring away the culprits. Police believe that this new system will hopefully prevent further trees in the area being cut down or harmed.

in your backyard

Sai Kung Charity photos Local resident and photography enthusiast, Molly Taylor will be selling collages, postcards and Christmas gift tags, featuring images of Sai Kung and Hong Kong, to raise funds for impoverished communities in Costa Rica. Molly will travel to Costa Rica with Raleigh International Charity, they will work to provide access to safe water and sanitation as well as helping to protect vulnerable environments. You can help Molly reach her target of $30,000 by purchasing some of her work at the Clearwater Bay School Fair (Nov 3) and the Momentai Pop Up Market (Nov 18). Email Molly at mollyfrancestaylor@gmail. com for more information.

Destiny church brings the Sai Kung community together to raise funds Founder of Destiny Church, James Trower is rallying the Sai Kung community together for a good cause this festive season. The church is currently helping to redevelop an orphanage in India. The new orphanage will have improved facilities for the 25 children currently in care, and will be able to accommodate a further 50 children who are currently not in care. There will also be more outdoor space for activities and

additional indoor classrooms and recreational areas. Thus far, the church has received generous contributions from the community for this project and is hoping the community can help raise the last bit needed to finish the project. To give a one off donation or to help support the children in need please visit destiny-ministries.net/india

Expat Parents first International Schools Fair

Saturday October 20 marked our first Expat Parent Schools Fair, hosted at The Annex in Central. More than 15 participating schools, both primary and secondary set up stalls, whilst eager parents asked questions and listened to speeches by school representatives. Entertainment from Sky Dance Avenue kicked off the fair, and Rumple

& Friends had us wowed with their magic show. We would like to thank all who attended - including Venture Studio, MindBeauty, De La Mano Spainish, Spartan Kids, French International School, Han Academy, Flora Education, Nord Anglia International School, Kaplan Language Training, Chinese Academy HK Education Tutoring Services, Australian

International School Hong Kong, HKCA Po Leung Kuk School, Hong Kong Island Stingrays Swim Club, Lightfoot Travel, Woodland, Hong Kong Rugby Union, ITS Education Asia and Seriously Addictive Mathematics. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!


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on patrol

Reports from Sai Kung Police Senior Inspector Jacky Chan reports on recent cases in Sai Kung Damaged tree count During Typhoon Mangkhut, the police received a total of 317 phone calls from residents in Sai Kung, 258 of those calls were about fallen trees. Trees damaged by the typhoon are still being cleared away.

Roadblock warning On November 25, the Sai Kung Chiu Chow Cultural Festival will take place with a parade going through the town. Police suspect there will be roadblocks or temporary diversions from 1-6pm on Po Tong Road, Fuk Man Road, Man Ning Street and Tun Mon Street.

You can throw but you can’t hide In the early hours of October 12, police stopped and searched three people on Fuk Man Road for acting suspiciously. One of the suspects attempted to throw a package away from him. The police arrested him immediately, but found nothing on the other two suspects. The man is currently out on police bail.

Missing but not suspicious A 53-year-old male was reported missing in early October. The man lives alone, has no previous convictions or suicidal tendencies so police do not believe this case to be suspicious, but are still on the lookout.

No show for toy seller There were a total of six online deceptions this month. One involved a purchase on a Facebook Marketplace page. The buyer paid $500 for a toy but when it came to collecting

the toy, the seller was a no-show. Police are still investigating the case.

Hiker rescued by helicopter On October 6, at 3:30pm a man was hiking alone from Ham Tin to Cheung Tsui when he fell and sprained his right ankle. The man was airlifted to Ruttonjee hospital for treatment.

One too many On October 12, a driver failed to stop for a police roadblock outside of Marina Cove. The car was chased down by a police vehicle and was stopped at Nam Pin Wai roundabout. Police noticed a strong smell of alcohol and conducted a breathalyzer test, which came back with a reading over the limit. The driver is currently out on police bail.

Flying bricks A man returned to his store in Sai Wan on September 13, to find a window broken and a red brick inside his shop. The police did an inconclusive sweep of the location. The case was handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department.

How much? A dispute took place at a store in Sai Kung, between a store owner and a customer over the price of a product. The police were called and the issue was resolved upon their arrival.

Safe in Sai Kung As of October 12, the police have revealed there are no traffic accident blackspots in the Sai Kung area.

For more information, contact Sai Kung Police Station, 1 Po Tung Road, Sai Kung, 3661 1630


must have this month

Maioir La Lampe Courture - Solar Lamp $3,455- $6,490 from Everything Under The Sun everythingunderthesun.com.hk


get festive



A dog’s day at Sai Kung Stray Friends Nicole Slater spends a day at the local dog charity


ocal dog charity Sai Kung Stray Friends Foundation (SKSFF) have had a long standing in Sai Kung’s community. Current chairman, Narelle Pamuk has been running things for the charity for twelve years. Among other things, the charity’s main focus is to give older dogs a second chance at finding a forever home. Dogs, like most animals are very set on their routines, so it’s important for them to have set times for everything, here’s a look at their average day: 10am - Wakey wakey - Kennel manager Kathy takes the dogs outside to their spacious garden lounge area. The dogs take turns to hang out, sunbathe and woof in teams. 2pm - Walkies - regular volunteers come by to help walk the dogs throughout the day. With a walkies timetable, everyone can keep track of whose been for a stroll that day, making sure everyone gets their turn!


2:30pm - Nap time - Kathy gets the dogs back inside to their indoor area to settle down for the best part of the day. 3pm - Dinner time! SKSFF get through a staggering 17 bags of chicken every day, this feeds over 100 dogs. The chicken is shredded and mixed with dry food to give the dogs a balanced and delicious meal. Once or twice a week the dogs will also get a boiled egg as an extra treat. 5pm - Relax and more walkies - The dogs who didn’t get their walkies earlier, get to have an afternoon stroll with more volunteers. 6pm- Bedtime, with fluffy blankets and soft beds the dogs snuggle down after a long day to catch some zzzz’s. The shelter has had its fair share of drama throughout the years, there have been

Government and landlord issues, but they have fought through to give the dogs the best possible environment and care. The shelter which Narelle describes as a ‘lifestyle park for dogs’ is much larger than it seems at first, with an indoor and outdoor area, kitchen, laundry area and garden sections for the dogs to run around and play in. For those canines who enjoy stunning scenery, the shelter overlooks the serene mountains of Tai Lam Wu. With over 100 residents to look after, the team which is run by just one full time manager, Kathy, have their hands full and are always on the lookout for eager dog-loving helpers. Keeping the dogs comfortable and happy until they find a forever home is extremely important to Narelle and her team. For those who are unable to adopt, becoming a friendship volunteer and building a connection with the dogs is a great way to make a dog’s day, and yours! To become a volunteer email volunteersaikungstrayfriendshk@gmail.com

To donate HSBC A/C: 124-073891-001 Current Bank Code: 004 A HK registered Charity. All donations tax deductible.

five minutes with The key is not to reduce how much you eat, but to be mindful about what you eat. Dieting in the traditional sense takes the fun out of eating. When you eat real food with nutritious ingredients, you don’t need to eat so much because it is more filling. There’s a trend happening in Sai Kung, we are getting more health food stores and there are one or two healthy cafes such as Little Cove. Our community is growing so it’s important to have more healthy options. My children love cooking. Sometimes we make biscuits at home and while I’m making the dough, they just keep eating it and I’m like “stop!”. The kids love it, they always have a giggle. Sometimes you need to buy packaged products. You can’t always cook everything or bring snacks with you everytime you go out. One of the big struggles I have is never being able to see the ingredients on packaging because they are so tiny. That’s why on our products the ingredients are written clearly. That way you know exactly what you’re putting into your body.

Five Minutes with...

Catherine Wang

As a society, we need to make healthy food more affordable. People need to be able to buy it regularly, rather than once in a while because its too expensive, that defeats the purpose.

Clearwater Bay resident and Founder of Natures Twist We moved from Hong Kong Island to Clearwater Bay because.. we wanted our newborn son to grow up with more space and greenery. He is now six. I really love it here, you get the best of both worlds. But I do hope that road gets finished soon! Three years ago I found that my son had food intolerances, these included gluten, dairy, soy, eggs and nuts. After cutting out the food my son was intolerant to, his symptoms improved. I had to start making more food and snacks from scratch. I got really creative and one day my husband suggested that I should try selling some

of my creations. That’s how Natures Twist began. I love every product in my range. If I had to pick one it would be the Bliss Bite Super Seed. It’s one of the top sellers. We dehydrate our products for over 2 days, at a very low temperature, this preserves the nutrients and flavour. When you start a business everything is hard! You’re constantly learning new things. You need the right expectations and to believe in yourself and you can’t get discouraged by how many different things you have to do.

I love eating out too, The Conservatory is a favourite of mine. They have so many lovely dishes, try the risotto balls, they are amazing! Now that I have a proper team I can focus more on the research and development of my products, which will mean new flavours coming out very soon!


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all aboard

Anchors up! Sai Kung resident and professional sailor Nick Moloney talks to Nicole Slater about determination and hidden anchor spots.


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All aboard!


rofessional Yachtsman, Guiness World Record holder and author, Nick Moloney, has completed (and in some cases won) a host of international events including the America’s Cup twice. He has also sailed around-theworld no less than three times. Sai Kung editor, Nicole Slater caught up with Nick to discuss his success plus tips for enjoying life on the waters of Sai Kung. Nick fell in love with the ocean at the age of five, it was at this young age he learned to surf. He went on to learn the basics of sailing a few years later at his local river in South Victoria, Australia. Nick reminisces; “learning to sail gave me access to the horizon and I never looked back.” He went on to have an amazing 30-year career which took him to live in Australia, America and Europe. During this time he sailed alongside his idols including John Bertrand, in the Americas Cup and Dennis Conner, around the world. Nick remenises; “I thought I’d reached the pinnacle element in my career then, but there was a lot more to come”. Nick had competed in Hong Kong a number of times in the early 90’s but wasn’t the biggest fan of the city, stating; “I was


disgusted with the water quality and all I knew was Causeway Bay and Wan Chai because that’s all you get to see when you compete.” After returning back to the city for a second chance, Nick met his partner who took him around Clearwater Bay and Sai Kung, where he fell in love with the region for its crazy hiking trails and white sandy beaches. He adds; “for me it was clear I wanted to be here, this is without a doubt the most beautiful part of Hong Kong.” Since moving to Hong Kong six years ago, Nick has celebrated much success, including smashing an eight year record in the Around the Island Race in just two hours, 13 minutes and 11 seconds. Although he

Nick’s tips on preparing for a round-the-world race Research the colour to paint the inside of the boat: opt for a colour that feels cool in the heat and warm in the cold, it helps to balance any mood swings and keep calm. Work hard on sleep deprivation before the race: at sea you can only sleep for 20 minutes at a time, that’s for performance and safety. Build up your seasickness threshold: there’s a device that rocks in the dark and helps to make yourself seasick in the days before the race. Learn how to induce hyperthermia: when sailing solo, if you fall off the boat, your boat will sail away from you and there’s minimal chance of survival. No kissing on the cheek: most of the big international races are in France, they kiss you on each cheek as greeting but at sea your health is everything.

all aboard Thinking about purchasing a boat?

Tranquility in Sai Kung

still enjoys breaking the odd record here and there, he focuses more on his personal work now, “it’s not uncommon for me and my partner to be anchored in a bay somewhere, out in the cluster of islands, doing a day’s work and having a swim. It’s a pretty idyllic lifestyle.” He adds. Since buying a Beneteau sailing boat four years ago, Nick along with his partner and two daughters aged seven and ten, love to sail around the Islands. “Being able to introduce the kids to the world afloat has

given us the most amazing connection as a family. We sail out to the islands, anchor in a bay, swim around the boat and then sleep on the boat, it’s great.” He adds; “because there’s very limited phone signal, we don’t have many electrical devices onboard so we have much more quality time together playing cards and board games.” For those contemplating buying a boat or wanting to learn to sail, Nick enthuses; “Sai Kung is the best place to start sailing, the water is so mild, it’s as easy as it’s going to

Nick’s daughter is picking up coral

Tom Allen - Hong Kong Yacht Broker at Simpson Marine shares his advice • Select your ideal size and type based on your needs/experience. We have a full range of new or preowned power boats and sailboats at our fingertips. • Find a good broker who can advise on which boat is right for you, and get them to show you examples in person. • If you’re a member of clubs that have their own private moorings, get your name on the mooring waiting list immediately. Waiting lists are notoriously long. • Spend as much time on the water as possible. Go out on friend’s boats, rent a small powerboat or sailboat, use sailing catamarans. Every minute of on-the-water experience will come in handy. • Sign up with your preferred yacht club in Hong Kong to attend their local sailing events. • Equip your vessel with safety gear. The Hong Kong Marine Department has a list of required safety equipment that must be adhered to. • Respect and love your boat. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended service intervals and don’t try to cut costs when it comes to routine and preventative maintenance. • Most importantly... use your boat! If your boat just sits on your mooring, it’s costing you money yet providing no enjoyment in return. For more, see simpsonmarine.com

get! With so many boats on the water, if you have any trouble there’s always somebody to help you out.” Despite his overall love of the Hong Kong boating world there is one element Nick would like to change; “one of the biggest problems is that Hong Kong is at full capacity for boating, there isn’t room. There’s so many boats here that don’t get used and are neglected, there needs to be some kind of reinforcement so that boats that don’t get used, get moved on.” For the perfect day at sea Nick recommends having a big group lunch at Yau Ley (High Island Seafood Restaurant), which does great local cuisine and is only accessible by foot or by boat. Then head over to Bluff Island for a swim, relax and even spend the night anchored there.


cover story Join the club hosting an annual 24-hour charity dinghy race and Hong Kong’s biggest summer regatta, the Typhoon Series. Facilities include: Marina with fully serviced alongside berths, swing moorings, hardstand and rack space and other boatyard facilities, indoor and alfresco restaurant, event space. 10.5 Miles Hiram’s Highway, Pak Sha Wan, Sai Kung. hhyc.com

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Shelter Cove

Club Marina Cove Located just off of Hiram’s highways, Marina Cove is a residential area with over 500 houses and apartments. The area is surrounded by a marina, where residents or club members can berth their boats and fuel up. Club Marina Cove has been hosting and organising the annual Hong Kong International Boat Show since 1982, showcasing the latest vessels from around the world. Club membership is open to both residents and non-residents, with full memberships and social memberships available. Facilities: Marina with berths, fueling station and other boatyard facilities, outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, gymnasium, western and chinese restaurants. 380 Hiram’s Highway, Sai Kung, Kowloon. clubmarinacove.com


Hebe Haven Yacht Club

This friendly Sai Kung-based club is ideal for enthusiasts of boating, yacht-racing and watersports, it offers easy access to some of Hong Kong’s best sailing waters and beaches. The Club actively promotes youth sailing at its Sail Training Centre and runs regular sailing courses for adults too. It has a busy racing calendar, notably

As one of the oldest sports clubs in Hong Kong, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) has three locations around the city including Kellett Island, Middle Island and local location Shelter Cove which first opened in 2006. RHKYC provides training programmes for both members and non-members in a range of watersports. The Club also organises a yearly calendar of local and international events throughout their multiple locations, including the Shelter Cove Win Fair and The Hong Kong to Vietnam Race. Facilities include: Boat hire, berthing, power and water, Clubhouse & restaurant Che Keng Tuk Road, Sai Kung. rhkyc.org. hk

Welcome to Shrewsbury International School A peek inside on the opening day reveals exciting things to come


hrewsbury International School Hong Kong opened the doors of its new Tseung Kwan O campus to students on August 29 this year. An excited group of children met their new teachers on campus and gathered themselves into class groups. Most of the day was spent helping students settle into their new environment and learn about their new classmates through a range of exciting activities. There were so many things to see; the brand new climbing frame, new Early Years’ furniture, and so many new faces to meet! When speaking about the open day, Principal Ben Keeling stated; “Today marked a significant threshold and certainly warrants recognition in celebration of the enormous

reading weave neatly into a themed, connected and aspirational programme. The school will host a range of Extra Curricular Activities (ECAs) after the October half term. The activities will focus on Art, Sport and Academic areas and are available to all Primary students at the school between the times of 3:30 and 4:20pm. In collaboration with Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong.

efforts made by the school team, but the journey of the school has only just begun. We provide a unique range of experiences and opportunities for primary aged students - parents will soon feel the benefit of all we offer. The school team are determined to demonstrate the advantages of a Shrewsbury education with great clarity.” Shrewsbury’s curriculum is unique amongst other British international schools in Hong Kong due to its teaching methods. The school focuses on collaborative opportunities and independent decision making. The school campus also provides a wide range of flexible learning spaces and a staff team carefully selected for their creative capacity. Its new purpose-built campus offers a range of specialist spaces designed exclusively for children aged between 3 and 11. Lessons in Chinese Language, Music and

Shrewsbury offers regular tours around the campus throughout the school year and admission for 2019 is now open. To find out more please visit shrewsbury.hk


Thanksgiving in Hong Kong Becky Love offers a non-American rundown

A CRFT-PIT Thanksgiving feast


here’s turkey and there’s pie. After asking around town, that’s pretty much the only thing non-Americans living in Hong Kong could tell me about Thanksgiving. And after a little more digging, I discovered they were pretty much spot on. Thanksgiving is basically a day of giving thanks, eating a mountain of food and then having an argument with your uncle about who gets to sit in the recliner. Sounds like a typical family Christmas without the gifts, right? I’m sold. So please, on 22 November count me in (but don’t count the calories).

Thanksgiving - easy as pie

Pumpkin pie

Living in the multicultural city that is Hong Kong, you don’t have to be American to get invited to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. So before you head over blind, here are a few of the basics so that you know what you’re in for, and don’t come out of it looking like, well, a turkey.

If you hate pumpkin and someone offers you a slice of pumpkin pie that they have lovingly baked for the occasion, just say “yes”. I know it’s basically “squash” pie. I know it’s an acquired taste. But for the love of Thanksgiving, just be polite and give it a whirl. You may just enjoy it.

The turkey First up - you’re wearing your stretchy pants, right? Good. You’ll need them. Now, if your friends are confident in their turkey roasting abilities, and of course have an oven big enough to fit said turkey, you can probably expect to eat some. However, if they fail horribly like Mr. Bean in that episode where his head ends up getting stuck inside of it, you may end up being plated your share of Fusion BBQ chicken. Either way, just be thankful to have a plate of food in front of you - that’s what it’s all about.

Saying “grace”

Jamie Oliver’s “Festive Dinner”


Wait! Before you inhale everything you see before you, remember that someone is usually asked to say “grace” or “give thanks”. If you are the chosen one, just bow your head and thank your hosts for putting on a fine meal. Not only is this safer than, say... thanking the Lord for Bradley Cooper, but complimenting the host usually leads to a second serving of turkey.

How to get over a food coma A food coma hits like a Hong Kong T9. Suddenly, and with much force. And I’m here to tell you, falling asleep in the recliner with your feet up while the football goes into overtime is the only way to get over a food hangover. So scope out that recliner before Uncle Bob does, and as soon as the last bite of pie has been devoured, you run. Run to that chair like you’re running for the last ferry back to Central. Because it’s the only way you’ll wake up fresh enough to brave the Black Friday sales.


Where to celebrate

Porterhouse Grilled Seafood Platter

Porterhouse From 1 to 25 November, guests can choose from two Thanksgiving menu options. The first is an impressive Thanksgiving sharing feast, which requires a minimum of eight guests and must be ordered five days in advance. In true Thanksgiving spirit, everything is made to share, from the starters to the mains. The second Thanksgiving dinner menu option

is perfect for solo diners or smaller groups, ordered three days in advance. On 24 and 25 November, you can also enjoy brunch with turkey carvings and Pumpkin & Pecan pie. Thanksgiving option one: $888 +10%; option two: $588 +10%. 7/F California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong. porterhousehk.com/en


Cranberry and Lime Pie

On Thanksgiving Day, Bungalow will be offering a one-night-only feast. With the option of two or three courses, expect deliciousness such as pumpkin bisque, turkey roulade and cranberry and lime pie. Be sure to make your reservation as spots are filling fast for this mighty fine feed. Two courses $288 per person, three courses $348 per person. 10% service charge. Bungalow, Shop 2, G/F, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central. bungalow.hk

Jamie’s Italian From 12 to 25 November, diners will be treated to a feast of epic proportions. With lunch and dinner sets available, their festive turkeys come all the way from the US, and are all-natural, gluten-free and raised without hormones on American farms. Order five days in advance for dine-in, takeaway or delivery (delivery for events catering only). $198 per

person for lunch, $228 per person for dinner. Take-away price six to eight people $1,700, minus fish in the bag. Dine-in option six to eight people $1,950 plus 10%. Organic turkey around six kilograms. Available from both the Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui restaurants. jamieoliver.com/italian/hongkong

CRFT-PIT As Hong Kong’s first artisan style smokehouse, it’s not surprising CRFT-PIT are putting on Thanksgiving, which is set to be smokin’! Their Thanksgiving set includes Asian smoked turkey, wonton chip casserole, smoked loaded baked potato and more. With three delivery time slots available daily from 14 November to 29 December, there are plenty of opportunities to stuff yourself silly. $2,388 per set. Unit 2, 3/F, Harbour Industrial Centre, 10 Lee Hing Street, Ap Lei Chau. crft-pit.com

More venues... For pumpkin pie by the slice: Burger Circus, 22 Hollywood Road, Central. burgercircus.com.hk For small or large groups: Main Street. Deli, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. 22 25 November. langhamhotels.com For promotional Thanksgiving pies: Ali Oli, G/F, 11 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung. alioli.com.hk For a chic celebration: Bostonian Seafood and Grill, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. 23 - 26 November. langhamhotels.com


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Simply a-maze-ing

Gordon Ramsay spills the beans to Gemma Shaw at opening of his fourth maze Grill

In early October, British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay landed in Hong Kong to open his new and highly anticipated restaurant maze Grill. Located in Tsim Sha Tsui’s Harbour City, complete with a breathtaking terrace, Ramsay was happy to boast about his new Hong Kong venue.


You’re expanding your footprint in Hong Kong but you can’t be here all the time. How do you maintain the sense that we’re in your restaurant when you personally aren’t here? Ironically this month we celebrate 20 years at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London and in that time we’ve had just one Maître D’ and two Head Chefs. We have over 2,500 staff globally and this is our forth maze Grill. I try to do what every other top chef does, I mean, how does Ducasse run three, 3 star Michelin restaurants across Monaco, Paris and London when he hasn’t set foot behind the stove for 10 years? I admire that level of understanding, delegation and team work. We have an amazing relationship with our staff and keep in regular contact. Judge me for what we put on a plate and trust me if it’s not good enough, I’ll know about it first because I read the negatives and that’s the only way that we can get better. Toss up between Hong Kong and Singapore - what was the decision with coming to Hong Kong? There is a lot of synergy between Hong Kong

and Singapore. Twenty years ago I was working with Singapore airlines. I spent time going out to hawker markets and understanding the unique culture of those family run businesses. At 2am, I would be choosing frogs legs and watching them being cooked live. Can you imagine doing that in Borough market in London? They’d have you in court the next day! We’re lucky in Asia because that cultural respect for food has remained while in Europe, superficial elements are creeping in, for example we’re listing calories on our menus and that’s ridiculous, it takes the pleasure out of eating out. Combine Hong Kong and Singapore and it’s a beautiful melt pot. The difference? I’d say the cuisine in Singapore is a little closer to Malaysian food, whereas in Hong Kong we have some Japanese influences, which

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is refreshing. Yesterday we ate at The China Club - those dumplings are to die for, I didn’t eat on the plane for 16 hours because I knew we were going there for dinner and I was excited to try a proper dumpling! How much involvement do you have with the design of a new restaurant? Sir Norman Foster designed the space that houses maze Grill Hong Kong. I would never challenge him on the design aspect of a building, it’s like him trying to tell me how to fillet a seabass. This restaurant doesn’t have a bad seat in the house, even the toilet seat has a view. Restaurants need to flow with little intimidation; lighting and service should be attentive without being noticed. We have an amazing position here and the terrace is incredible. The design of our new Bread Street restaurant up The Peak is going to be breathtaking. Design is crucial - but I’m not going to tell anybody how to design a building, we need to stay in our own lanes, let the architects design, the chef’s cook, and the partnerships evolve.

How does social media affect what you do? Chef’s can be a little old-fashioned with that level of intrusion, but I welcome it. Customers have the right to look behind the scenes of a restaurant and when stuff goes viral online it’s really exciting. Feedback on social media is also very important because it’s instant. Glossy magazines can have a lead time of up to three months. We’re too impatient to wait three months for our first reviews. I want to be reviewed everyday so that by the time that magazine review comes out, I’ve already corrected any initial mistakes. I say, long may that intrusion on social media continue.

light, delicious and drawing heavily on local influences. maze Grill is now open at Harbour City, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui. “I can’t wait to hear the feedback” adds Ramsay enthusiastically. “Restaurants take time, we’ve been working hard at this one, but we’re blessed with the view, the passion and the ingredients - and let’s hope you taste it on the plate.” diningconcepts.com/ restaurants/maze-grill

What are your ‘must try dishes’ at maze Grill? The octopus which has been braised and then sauteed is delicious. Our twist on the classic pork pie is delicious, there’s an amazing hot and sour broth, and then there is the beef. Eighty five percent of the beef is British and we’re aging it to around 38-40 days so it doesn’t become too mature. The confit duck salad is shredded tableside. Fragrant



Malvern College steps up

Amelia Sewell finds out more about what promises to be an impressive first year for the British style school


ong Kong waited patiently for the arrival of Malvern College Hong Kong, and the school finally opened its doors this autumn after nearly four years in the planning. Offering a through-system for children aged five to 18, this is the latest in Malvern’s portfolio of international offerings (two in China, one in Egypt and one more in the pipeline), so parents can be reassured that by now they are well-versed in the art of school-founding. Back in 2015, Malvern was allocated a campus in Tai Po next to Science Park, and set about creating a state-of-the-art school that would meet the high expectations of Hong Kong parents yet honour the Malvern legacy. And they have not disappointed – from the 450-seat auditorium to the open-plan library, and the communal dining hall to the six-lane swimming pool, this is a dazzling addition to Hong Kong’s list of prestigious schools.


The building is light and bright, with seven storeys that will ultimately house 1,000 pupils. In these initial stages, the school has opened with Primary Years (Prep 1 – 6) to Lower Secondary (Foundation Year 1 – 3). Some sections of the building are – intentionally – unfinished, allowing Malvern to respond to what the schools needs once the first school year has been completed and the demands of the progressing year groups have been understood. But all the key facilities are up and running and wildly impressive, including the auditorium with interchangeable acoustic walls and the cricket nets with a specially designed floor that mimics the bounce of a real wicket. The Malvernians of Hong Kong have no idea how lucky they are. Whilst Malvern’s other international campuses primarily offer the pairing of IGCSEs & A Levels or perhaps a choice between A Level and IB, the Hong Kong school focuses purely on the IB. The

teacher-to-pupil ratio is low at 1:10 and the implementation of a personal tutor system has been set up to ensure that each child receives the optimum level of personalised attention. Every school will say that it goes to great lengths to ensure that no-one slips between the cracks, but

Team spirit

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First-day fun in the classroom

the dedicated, regular tutoring time and the tailored academic enrichment programmes at Malvern show a firm commitment to deal with each child as an individual. The UK school has a long history of scientific excellence, with four Nobel Prize winners among its alumni. It’s therefore not surprising that the Hong Kong campus has put a strong emphasis on developing a firstrate STEM programme. The learning ethos is based around practical work and focuses on real-life scenarios within technical, social, economic and environmental spheres. The fruits of the students’ scientific labours have been given a prominent platform with an exhibition space – akin to a modern art gallery – at the very front of the school. Malvern also has grand plans for collaborations with its neighbours at Science Park and CUHK, ensuring that the children have broad experience of large-scale programmes. After STEM, Chinese is high on the school’s priority list. To build students’ fluency, a number of exchange programmes are being established in both Mainland China and Taiwan so that the students are able to put their language skills to work in an immersive environment. Pastoral care is a fairly British experience, with the house system and personal tutors. The dining hall also mimics the traditions of Malvern’s founding school, even down to the terminology: the dining hall is known as “The Grub” and features a professional kitchen, and pupils eat in their houses together with staff, encouraging conversation and a chance for children across year groups to interact. Happily for this book-loving writer, at the heart of the school is the library, a

magnificent, welcoming hub that invites students to sit down and stay awhile. With books in abundance, it is also a place where students can come to work on projects or just relax. In both design and concept, it is modern: libraries are often shadowy places, hidden behind heavy doors and rarely used, but Malvern’s is intentionally designed to be a thoroughfare for daily school life, encircled by the classrooms and seen from all angles. With CS Lewis as one of the UK school’s other notable alumni, maybe this library will inspire another children’s author to spring from a Malvern education. Perhaps reassuringly for parents, the headmaster, Dr. Robin Lister, has come directly from the UK school, where he was deputy head for 10 years. As an academicturned-teacher, he has lived and breathed Malvern for nearly 30 years. A stereotypical British schoolmaster in the best sense of

the term (think polished shoes, a compelling presence and a voice that reaches the back of any room), he has a tangible enthusiasm for the school and the new campus. He strikes me as a person who knows exactly what is going on, and who will enjoy being a visible presence in daily school life. For those wanting to really bed down deep with the Malvern experience, pupils have the opportunity to sidestep over to the UK school in either Year 7 or Year 9. Those moving at Year 7 will spend two years at the prep school, The Downs Malvern, before progressing to the senior school. Certain academic requirements need to be met, however it is encouraging to see a school actively nurturing some synergy between campuses and demonstrating that the Hong Kong campus is more than just the borrowing of a name. Pupils will also benefit from the association with the Forest School programme, an initiative that promotes outdoor learning as a key part of children’s development. Malvern has taken the unusual step of acquiring a separate piece of land in a deeply rural part of the New Territories in order to offer this experience to the fullest. It can often be difficult to appreciate what sets each new international school apart, but if you look under the hood of Malvern College Hong Kong, you will find a school that has all the right components: the IB, which acknowledges its international status; a strong Chinese programme, honouring its location in Asia, and an ethos that is securely, but not immovably, anchored in its traditional British roots. We will watch its progress with interest. Malvern College Hong Kong, 3 Fo Chun Road, Pak Shek Kok, 3898 4699. www.malverncollege.org.hk


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health & wellness

All you need to know about Movember 2018


very year in November, men from all walks of life participate in a moustache growing challenge in support of Movember Foundation. The thirty-day challenge aims to address men’s health and raise awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

How it all began It all began in 2003, Melbourne, Australia when Travis Garone and Luke Slattery while having a beer decided to grow a moustache (Mo) and talk their mates into growing a Mo too. Inspired by a friend’s mother who was fundraising for breast cancer, they decided to grow a Mo to fundraise for men’s health targeting prostate cancer. Soon it reached 30 volunteers who were willing to

take up the challenge. In 2004 Adam Garone and Justin Coghlan came on board to take the campaign to the next level. In due course, the four co-founders officially established the Australian charity, Movember Foundation in 2006. Upon further research, it revealed that depression and anxiety was a significant health issue in men and was brought on as Movember’s second men’s health concern.

Mo styles across the globe

The Samurai


The KFC Man

The Handlebar

The Evil Butler

movember The Hong Kong chapter Since 2012, the Movember Foundation has raised a total of more than $16.8 million to support men’s health issues in Hong Kong. Prostate cancer is the third most deadly disease in men in Hong Kong. Each year 1,800 men are diagnosed and more than 400 men die annually to prostate cancer in Hong Kong alone. Recently, the ‘Going Through” project was initiated in partnership with Hong Kong Cancer Foundation. The program provides symptom management information, a nutrition program, health education and nursing consultation. The Movember ambassador in Hong Kong, James Carlile believes that it’s all about starting a conversation and letting people know that help is out there. Additionally, the Movember Foundation hopes to launch TrueNTH (True North) which is a global registry program across 4 hospitals in Hong Kong that will gather data with the aim of identifying and sharing best practices to improve the best medical outcomes.

a hair-raising grand prize of a one night stay in the Entertainment Suite with breakfast for two, plus a small drink gathering the same day for up to eight guests. Definitely worth growing for! Growing a moustache for Movember? Receive a complimentary beard trim at Selvedge Barbers. A complimentary espresso Mo-tini for every customer growing a moustache for Movember at all Jia Group restaurants except Chachawan. Throughout Movember for every Jameson Hitchhiker beer at Rula Bula, Stockton, Aberdeen Street Social, Employee’s Only, Behind Bars and Le Boudoir, $5 will be donated to Movember Foundation.

Get your groom on Fox and The Barber The female-fronted barber shop, owned by Sarah McGlynn, proves that everyone can appreciate a good shave. With white butchers tiles, 1940s lighting fixtures Fox and The Barber takes you back in time, with their vintage decor. By using high quality skills and branded products such as Truefitt & Hill and Baxter of California, they make sure every customer leaves without a hair out of place. Located at 41-43 Graham Street, Central. foxandthebarber.com

Handsome Factory

At Beef and Liberty $5 will be donated to Movember for every The Impossible Chorizo Burger, Brooklyn Langer Burger and All Saints tap wine sold. Grab yours.

This retro, black and white themed barber shop has a range of vintage decor including the barbers slick uniforms. The shop provides a range of hair treatments from haircuts to wet shaves and beard trimming in a timely and stylish manner. 1/F Central Corner, 9-11 Cochrane Street, Central. handsomefactory.com

Gentlemen’s Tonic

Celebrating 7 years in Hong Kong this year, Movember Foundation Hong Kong has lined up a number of events. “Moustache growing is the heart of what we do, but people can participate and get involved in a number of ways. We are also focusing on upstream initiatives so that we can provide people with the tools to be healthy,” said Robert Dunne from the headquarters in Melbourne who is visiting Hong Kong to hit the ground running.

Originally from London’s upscale Mayfair district, Gentlemen’s Tonic moved to Hong Kong in 2011 and has given men high quality pampering ever since. Expect to be greeted with a drink before being escorted to one of the private treatment rooms, to be treated with their inhouse Babassu & Bergamot product line. G/F Sun Lee Building, 43-49 Wellington Street, Central. gentlemenstonic.com

Grow - Grow a moustache for the month and get friends, family and colleagues to donate.

Selvedge Barbers

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How to get involved

Move - Anyone can sign-up to walk or run 60 kilometres over the month that represents 60 men we lose every hour to suicide globally. Host - Get together with mates and host a dinner, a match or a bake-off and help men live happier, healthier and longer lives. The Landmark Mandarin Oriental is offering

The Pornstar

The Goodfellas

The Monopoly Man

With a laid back and chilled environment, Selvedge Barbers is the best place to let your hair or beard down. With a complimentary drink, a friendly team and high quality products enriched with natural botanical extracts, you can be sure your hair is in the best care. 36 Pottinger Street, Central. selvedgebarbers.com “To get the perfect mo it’s important to keep the rest of the face clean shaven, this way your mo never looks unkempt, or like you are “trying” too hard. Doing this will always look to others that this is your desired look, while secretly you continue to grow it. It is important to keep the lip line trimmed as well. Depending on the shape of your face and density of facial hair, it is always best to ask your barber to guide you on the most suitable look.” Roger Ryan

The Pringle Man


big day out

Local resident Tara Smyth explores the Pat Sin Leng trail


his month’s Big Day Out will take you to a strikingly beautiful part of the New Territories, reserved for the more experienced hiker. It is most definitely only suitable for capable kids over 12 years of age. Pat Sin Leng is a spectacular ridgeline, in the northeastern part of the New Territories, it consists of eight peaks, each named after a famous xian (“immortal; transcendent; or fairy”) in Chinese Mythology. “Pat Sin Leng” literally means “Ridge of the Eight Immortals”. For this hike, we will largely be doing Wilson Trail Stage 9, backwards, and therefore it is relatively well marked along the way. To start the hike you will need to get yourselves to the

“AFCD Plover Cove Country Park, Tai Mei Tuk Management Centre” on Bride’s Pool Road, just 750 meters out of Tai Mei Tuk, heading north east – you can find it on Google Maps easily. Once here, take the Pat Sin Leng Nature Trail, which is clearly signposted. The trail will skirt the hillside for 2 kilometers and gently ascend 300 meters from the starting point. Keep a look out for pleasant woodlands within the mountain on the left and views of Plover Cove Reservoir below on the right. After 2 kilometers you will reach the dreaded steps taking you up to the ridgeline itself. There is signage here as well as an emergency telephone, so you can’t miss this duck-off point. Dreaded steps, being

Trekking up the trail


dreaded steps, mean you will now properly ascend up, up, up to your first Immortal. The steps only go up for 500 meters, they are pretty steep but it’s worth the effort when you pop out at the top to be greeted by stunning views. On a clear day, you can see China on your right, Plover Cove below, Ma On Shan way over to your left and the other seven Immortals laid out ahead, you won’t be disappointed! From here you basically follow the Wilson Trail for 6.5 kilometers – but remember you are going backwards, so your “W” marker numbers will go down and not up! You will descend a little, ascend a little, descend a little more, ascend a little more…, etc, summiting all eight Immortals. This ridgeline could have easily been named The Dragon’s Back as you feel like you are walking along the spine of a rather majestic dragon. The views are all breathtaking

pat sin leng and the topography is spectacular. Since the ridge is exposed you’ll need to bring lots of water and a sun hat. There are a few offshoots along the trail (toward Luk Keng and Nam Chung), but so long as you ignore these and keep heading toward the sign-posted Hok Tau, you will be on the correct track. Eventually the ridgeline will come to an end and it will be time to head down toward the Hok Tau reservoir. The descent is slightly brutal – not ‘technical’ – but steep with large steps so concentration is required. Once you reach the Hok Tau reservoir, you can stop for a picnic and a rest before taking the “Hok Tau Reservoir Family Walk” sign-posted toward Sha Lo Tong. You will walk alongside a pretty stream that you will eventually cross – we took a dip here, as we were so hot! Upon reaching Sha Lo Tong, take a while to wander around this picturesque deserted village, you may come across the friendly last-remaining resident happy to offer you a much-needed cold can of soft drink. Once replenished it’s time to follow the concrete track back to civilisation. There is still a further 2.7 kilometers to go before hitting the busy Ting Kok Road at the bottom, so enjoy the bamboo and trees you pass along

Traditional building along the way

the way. Once you reach the rushing traffic at the bottom you will find it hard to believe you have just spent the last four hours in the stunning surroundings of Pat Sin Leng Country Park. Hong Kong’s diversity never ceases to amaze me and there is no better example than on this hike.

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Vasavi Seethepalli spends a week exploring the wilds of Kruger and Durban


he land where the origins of humanity began: the land of Madiba (Nelson Mandela). An evocative place with a rich history, fascinating culture, incredible wildlife and an indomitable spirit – South Africa is no ordinary holiday destination. A trip here expands beyond mountains, bush plains, grasslands and tropical forests into the unknown.

catering villas located adjacent the park. thekingdomresort.co.za

Durban Just over an hour’s flight south, Durban comes under the coastal KwaZulu-Natal province. Famous for its beaches, the town is

a surfer’s paradise and a must-try for foodies. Though not as ‘happening’ as Cape Town, it has an unbeatable laid-back ambience. Just North, the Umhlanga Coast is a popular escape for locals due to its small-seaside town charm. The long and wide shoreline plays host to many waterfront hotels, serviced

Pretoria An hour’s drive from Johannesburg International Airport, Pretoria is one of South Africa’s capital cities. After a two-day stay with family in the suburbs of Pretoria, we were ready for adventure, first stop Pilanesberg National Park. On a crisp June morning, as the sun rose in the distant horizon we embarked on a two and a half hour road trip. At 550 kilometers, the park lies atop are extinct volcano crater. Of course, we’re here to see the stunning scenery and wildlife but (as if that could ever get tiring) the vast choice of hotels and lodges surrounding the park offer all manner of activities including rock-climbing, mountain biking, and quad biking. We stayed at: The Kingdom Resort. A range of hotel-style suites and luxury self-


Durban Umhlanga Beach

gameroar reserve

apartments, cafes, restaurants, bars and shopping plazas. Our beachfront serviced apartment offered stunning seascape views from our balcony. From the sound of the waves soothing us to sleep, we woke to a breathtaking sunrise before spending the day hiking around the Umhalanga Nature Reserve. The nature reserve is a lagoon that encloses the Ohlanga River and home to archaeological remains. On the other end of the Umhlanga beach is the lighthouse that is easily accessible via a paved path that stretches for around 3

kilometers, a stroll here is the perfect way to end your day. Dining options are aplenty; check out Salsa for fun Mexican vibes, Mythos for excellent Greek/Middle-Eastern food and entertainment and Green Mango which is sure to satisfy oriental cravings.

sight of twin waterfalls which cascades into the gorge, roughly 65 meters below. Continuing along highway R534, God’s Window is another breathtaking and majestic cliff, surrounded by lush forests in the

Kruger National Park After a brief stop and regroup back in Pretoria we headed to Kruger National Park. At the break of dawn we were Sabi Sands Game reserve bound. The park is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, an amalgamation of conservation parks bordering with South Africa including from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Conservation is key in South Africa’s vast and varied ecosystem. Everything is interconnected and interlinked, though not obvious to the naked eye.

Pit stop at God’s Window

White Rhino - Kruger National Park

Our beautiful and scenic drive from Pretoria to Kruger was the perfect opportunity to witness the day-to-day life of locals going about their routines, this interspersed with the occasional friendly wave at tourists and passers-by. We stopped at Mac Mac Falls on the Sabie Waterfalls Route, a magnificent

Kruger National Park



God’s Window

Mpumalanga province. A short hike up to the cliff is rewarded with splendid panoramic views. And if you’ve worked up an appetite, a quick break at Graskop is sure to satisfy, Harrie’s pancakes come highly recommended. Finally we reach Nkorho Bush Lodge, located in Sabi Sands Game Reserve (which shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park) our home for the next few days. The ‘big apple’ of all safaris, Kruger National Park is home to the big five (lions, African elephants, buffalo, leopards, and rhinos) and numerous other species. Kruger is best visited during the winter months (from June to September) when animals are out and about, basking in the warm sunshine.

Nkorho Bush Lodge The lodge which overlooks the vast expanse of the Sabi Sands, has a quaint charm. Six thatched en-suites offer accommodation for a maximum of just 12 guests at any given time. Rooms cluster around the reception, dining and

lounge area to mimic a traditional set up in the wild. Most lodges are unfenced for ecological reasons providing the perfect spot to camp down and await sightings of wild animals which roam freely. Mornings at Nkorho Bush Lodge begin with a knock on the glass door around 5.30am, from there personally-assigned wildlife rangers usher guests into a 4X4. Sleepy guests are soon in awe as wildlife awakens just before sunrise. Mornings became our highlight (even for my teenagers) as we repeated this early morning ritual throughout our four day, three night stay. What a setting for that first cup of hot chocolate or coffee of the day! Breakfast is served on return to the lodge. Most lodges organise late morning trail walks with a qualified ranger who can identify animal tracks by their footprints on mud, sand or soil. Animal dropping are also identified to track time, depending on their freshness. A walk in the wild with an armed ranger is a good way to

Pilanesberg National Park


Mac Mac Falls

better understand the ecosystem. Afternoons were spent driving around for miles on end trailing the local wildlife action. And we saw it all - from zebras basking in the sun, shy kudus in abundance, lazy white rhinos marking their turf, hippos bathing, loitering giraffes, a lion pride resting after a good night’s hunt and leopards waiting patiently for their perfect catch. After sunset, evenings were spent discussing highlights of the day with fellow guests and comparing notes over dinner (which was served around an open fire). After dinner staff broke into song and dance. This in repeat for three full days – what a treat! A tale to be told over and over again… I cannot wait to return. We stayed at: Nkorho Bush Lodge, a luxury bush lodge with onsite spa, wellorganised bush activities and excellent food. nkorho.com

Pilanesberg National Park

game travel roar reserve Sightseeing around Durban Moses Mabhida stadium was built to host the 2010 World Cup. Since then it has become a melting-pot for numerous activities including a sky car which offers 360-degree views of the city. For adrenaline junkies, Durban is also home to the world’s biggest swing!

Howick is home to the much-acclaimed symbolic sculpture of Nelson Mandela. The sculpture was unveiled on 5 August 2012 as a symbol of his fight for freedom and equality. Created by Marco Cianfanelli, the artwork comprises of 50 steel columns which stand vertically to portray an abstract image of Nelson Mandela. The “Father of India” freedom fighter, Mahatma Gandhi fought for equality throughout his life.

In 1893 he was kicked out from the ‘white-man’ only compartment at Pietermaritzburg railway station. The station still exists today and is a landmark to many Indians, many of whom travel to the station to pay tribute.


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Sha Ha Village Becky Love wanders off Tai Mong Tsai Road into rather unexpected surroundings


rom the main road looking down into the village, it’s nothing too special. In fact, you wouldn’t think it was worth exploring as all you can see is a couple of rooftops surrounded by trees. However, when you venture down the somewhat steep, but lush green tree-lined Sha Ha Path, you’re greeted with vast beach views and multicoloured kayaks as far as the eye can see. This is Sha Ha Village. Small but surprisingly vibrant, it got me wondering how many more villages in Sai Kung had a secret stash of cool places just waiting for me to grab a pint at. But let’s back up a bit and start from the top. Literally, I’ll start from the top, which is Tai Mong Tsai Road. As I head down the sloped driveway away from the main road, the sounds begin to change. I take a few steps, and the sounds

Sha Ha Village

of the cars slowly begin to fade away. I take a few more steps, and the soft sounds of birds replace the sounds of running engines. I travel just a little further again, and the trees begin to talk, as if whispering “Shaaa-haaa” in the light breeze. Either that, or I was suffering from a mild case of heat stroke. I look ahead and see Sha Ha Beach, filled with colourful canoes and kayaks. I head down the stairs and just like that, I am amongst them. Now look, it’s not the Maldives, but it’s a beach no less, and the bright colours of the kayaks kind of make up for the myriad of grey tones in the beach water. I wander over to have a chat to the business owner. “You can hire out?” I say, pointing to the kayaks. The old man smiles and laughs at me, “Yes, yes”. I respond with, “Cool, how much?” The old man smiles and laughs again, “Yes, yes”. Okay, so he didn’t speak much English. However, there was a sign pinned up saying ‘AH KWOK Water Sports Centre’, which I Googled and found all of their information, which you will find here:

AH KWOK Water Sports Centre Sha Ha Beach Kayak (1 seater, open cabin): $50/hr Canoe (1 seater): $40/hr Canoe (2 seater): $80/hr


How to get there Take the 99 Heng On bus from Sai Kung Bus Terminus, and get off at Muk Min Shan or walk along Sai Kung Waterfront Promenard. I turn around to look away from the beach, and there are just two more surprises this is my favourite part. There’s a beach pub, most cleverly named, ‘The Beach Pub’. Who knew, that amongst this tiny village, made up of no more than four or five apartment blocks, was a place where you could enjoy the so-so beach view, and more importantly, sip on a beverage. And right next door, you have Thai Dao - a Thai restaurant which means ‘Thai Knife’ (thank-you again Google). The restaurant is big, and their menu is pretty extensive, much more than just platters and nibbles, and they’re open daily for lunch and dinner. Quite the surprise find indeed. If I learned anything from this little adventure, apart from Google being a lifesaver for people like me in Hong Kong... it was not to judge a village by its rooftops. Take a closer look, because you might find beer there. Want to be village correspondent? Email editorial@hongkongliving.com

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The good and bad of fallen trees

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In the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut, how do we best repopulate our forests and streets?


he extent of the impact of Typhoon Mangkhut (which ironically takes its name from the Thai word for mangosteen) on our trees only became clear after the winds had passed, and as the city struggled for days to get roads cleared and transport moving. You may consider it peculiar when I tell you though that I was not put off by the typhoon’s impact on our trees. The reason: we have so many trees down, because we have so many trees. That used to be different. Paintings from when the Brits settled in Hong Kong and pictures from after the Second World War are reminders of how our mountains were stripped naked. At that time, trees were used for construction, and as fuel. Large-scale reforestation and ongoing greening strategies since then have changed this. The estimate of trees lost due to the strong winds brought by the typhoon increased from 10,000 to 46,000 as clearing operations progressed. Trees, branches and leaves had been ripped off savagely as the average wind speeds recorded at Waglan Island peaked around 180km/hr. Many of the remaining trees look like they are in a hospital ward with broken limbs, some hanging on waiting for insects and weather to finish them off. After the storm passed, many people took to social media to report the loss of their


favourite trees, including old and valuable ones. Where there used to be shade to stay cool, there is now harsh sunlight. The monkeys too showed their discontent. Footage appeared of fights breaking out among different troops as their food source of flowers, fruits and leaves was much reduced. The discussions moved quickly onto how we plant trees. Heated debates started to focus on pictures of the roots of the fallen trees. Trees hemmed in by planter boxes or other obstacles had been unable to grow roots wide and deep enough to be able to withstand the wind forces pulling their crown. Also some trees which had grown naturally over rocks had roots which were not able to support the tree in the violent storms. I fully agree we need to give trees as much room as possible. And I’m sure that tree maintenance can be improved further. But we don’t want to give engineers, landscape architects and their clients excuses to stop planting trees due to space limitations. Already one letter appeared in an English language paper suggesting that we should have no trees at all along roads. I beg to differ. Our city needs more trees in urban areas and along roads. Trees are incredibly important for the enjoyment of our public spaces. We need shade. Trees also absorb noise, filter pollutants and clean our

air. We need to continue to add more, not fewer trees throughout our urban districts. Let’s recount the good news: when there is a typhoon, trees will fall but the risk of injury is limited as people have ample warnings to stay clear. As people stayed indoors, flying branches and 46,000 falling trees did not seriously injure anyone. This is despite footage of people risking themselves (and others) by going out. The Government has promised to review its Contingency Plan for Natural Disasters. This will likely focus on how people were expected to go back to work after the lowering of the typhoon signal despite the lack of transport that morning. The review should also deal with the capacity of emergency and various Government services to clear trees and debris along traffic, transport and pedestrian corridors. They responded in full force to clear roads and rail lines but often with primitive means (hand saws and ropes). When the community learned about this, they too came out to help clear footpaths, trails and beaches. We need to make sure more people are trained to work with chainsaws, and more equipment such as grapple trucks are available quickly. As a city we want more, not fewer trees. So let’s learn to clean up quickly when they fall. And let new trees grow in their place.

Paul Zimmerman is the CEO of Designing Hong Kong, a Southern District Councillor and the co-convenor of Save Our Country Parks alliance.


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Ask a vet... Exterminators and drinking water. Dr Pauline Taylor answers your questions My cat sometimes has bursts of aggression and attacks things around him, including us! How can we calm him down? Cats remain youngsters until they are socially mature,around two years of age. Until then they don’t know how to interact and play safely with humans. It is up to us to teach them “unacceptable behaviour” from a young age. To any aggressive actions you should say ‘NO’ by backing away and refocus the behavior to toys like feather wands instead of you/your possessions. If your cat’s behavior to a gentle correction is to attack more than you already have a serious problem and I recommend you talk to your vet. My cat has a lump on her back, when we squeeze it clear liquid comes out and it goes down. But it always comes back, is it anything to worry about? Probably not but without analysis of the fluid and palpating around the area I can’t be sure. It sounds like a cyst and if the fluid is a little sticky most likely comes from a sebaceous gland that has a blocked exit. When you squeeze, the blocked exit opens up. I’d

monitor the lump and be prepared to discuss it with your vet. My bird has been constantly fluffy recently and just really low on energy, what is wrong with him? It sounds like your bird is sick. It needs to see a vet that deals with avian species. Don’t wait as your bird could die. Birds do fluff their feathers when they are cold and trap air around them to warm up but this shouldn’t last for days and days. Our 10-year-old cat has started drinking a lot more water. Is it her age? I very much doubt it! Many cats live to over 20 nowadays. There are many reasons why animals start drinking more and honestly if you have noticed ‘polydipsia’ [drinks more than before] I suspect there is/are medical causes involved e.g. diabetes, kidney or thyroid disease to name a few. If you have recently started feeding a new salty food or your cat is being kept in a very hot environment these could contribute but medical reasons are more likely. A clinical exam and some blood/urine tests are needed to sort this out.

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With Sai Kung resident, Mr. Poon, owner of Kimi


r. Poon’s dog, Kimi, is two and a half years old. On bright and sunny weekdays, Mr. Poon likes to take Kimi on a relaxing walk along the pier to enjoy the nice, breezy atmosphere. While Mr. Poon enjoys his lunch in a canteen near the pier, Kimi sits quietly and gazes curiously at the customers going in and out of the cafeteria. At first glance, you may perceive Kimi as a gentle and amicable dog – however he isn’t always able to maintain his composure when he encounters another doggie, often Kimi transforms into a “fierce fighter”, as Mr. Poon puts it. Perhaps it is just a different way that Kimi adopts as an attempt to make friends with other dogs; nonetheless, Mr. Poon loves him dearly. As seen from the photo, Kimi is very


Is it safe to have an exterminator spray for bugs while my pets are in the house? I would not recommend exterminators spray while your pets are at home. I would advise you remove all pets from your house and keep them away for a few hours, overnight if possible and certainly for birds. Make sure you tell the exterminators in advance that you have pets at home as they may vary what chemicals they use in their spray.

photogenic. Once he spots the camera lens, he immediately runs towards it and smiles excitedly. You could not possibly resist touching this super fluffy, cheerful and adorable puppy. He is also very friendly, you can see how much he enjoys the “free massages” often given by passersby who stop just to bend down and rub his soft white fur.

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ountiful harvests, paying tribute to our Mother Earth; November is the perfect month for reflecting on our efforts in the garden. The average temperature has dropped to 23°C (73°F), and we humans are not the only beings to perceive the change. Do you hear our babies sing? They might be shivering in the soil. Winter is slowly encroaching upon the last Autumn weeks. My dearest friends, quickly! If there is a time to prepare our gardens for what’s upcoming, it is now. Are your flowers coming along well? Do not fret if any Annuals failed, for failure is what comes with life. Get over it and make a second sowing. Pot Annuals if required, as well as Carnations, singly into four-inch pots. Don’t let their roots become dry or they’ll wilt quickly. Put plants with tender leaves such as Fittonias, Pandanus Veitchii, Peperomias and Anthuriums under shelter, preferably under glass, so they can stand over the winter. Propagate Coleus for the same reason. Is your garden giving you good produce? Earth up the first bed of Celery and Potatoes. Remember the seeds I suggested for sowing in October? Do the same for this month, either for succession or to replace failures. If a change in variety is comfortable to you, consider planting these: Celery, Potatoes, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts and Endive. Hong Kong Islanders, one plant thrives best during the winter months, and that it is Lettuce, so get sowing. (Kowlooners, your Lettuce is good to plant all year around.) With cooler weather these leafy balls will be bigger, so tie them up for blanching when they’re ready. The cold season keeps away predating insects and birds from our greens, yet puts our efforts and dedication to test. But remember! Plants are just like ladies, or indeed, gentlemen. Pamper them with affection, tend with care and be sensitive to their changes and condition, then they will bloom and flower in their most beautiful way. Think ahead. Fallen snow will eventually reveal what’s hidden below. How do you want your babies to grow?! By William James Tutcher F.L.S. (1867-1920) Superintendent of Hong Kong Botanical Gardens. Paraphrased from his seminal 1906 work Gardening for Hong Kong.

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stephen says... that can speedily put the wood debris to use. On top of this the smaller debris was collected in plastic bags, often mixed in with other non-recyclable matter. This is nothing short of plain crazy. However, if there was a scintilla of doubt over how much non-recyclable litter is dumped in the sea, it can be dispelled by the evidence of the shoreline where debris was washed up, most notably polystyrene boxes. It sure has left an ugly scar and just think about how much damage all this junk was doing when swirling around inside the sea.

Mangkhut has gone but, my-oh-my what a legacy it has left Stephen takes a look at Sai Kung’s recovery


eeks have passed since Typhoon Mangkhut paid its devastating visit to Hong Kong but the aftermath lingers with tenacity. Here in Sai Kung the impact was especially severe but the news was far from being all bad.

their job but there they were and it was much appreciated. On top of this, three marine police officers made a very brave rescue of four diving instructors from a sinking yacht close to Tsam Chuk Wan. They did so at considerable risk to themselves in conditions of ferocious waves, high winds and a strong current.

First up on the good news front was the revelation of heart warming co-operation between neighbours working to clean up their villages and nearby beaches. Where I live fallen trees blocked the road providing access to the area. We could have waited for some government workers to come along and clear the way but without anyone having to do any urging, people simply got together and did the job. We were not alone because this same spontaneous response to the typhoon damage was seen all over Sai Kung.

Less fortunate was what may turn out to be the typhoon’s only fatality. It is not entirely clear whether the typhoon was responsible for the death of an elderly man but his body was found in Sai Kung harbor shortly after the Number 10 signal was lowered.

This is not to belittle the job done mainly; it should be stressed, by very low paid government contract staff, who were out clearing the debris in severe conditions. I also saw police officers and firemen rolling up their sleeves and taking part in the clear up operation. This is not strictly speaking


It is, in many ways, remarkable that no other serious injuries were reported but the debris from the storm is there for all to see, not least in areas where tall trees once stood. What is most disturbing about this is that the government has more or less no policy for recycling the high volume of organic debris that was generated. Most of it is going into landfill creating an incredibly vast compost heap that no one will ever use. There are some limited composting facilities but nowhere near enough and there is no more than a couple of wood chipping equipment

Meanwhile many Sai Kung beaches remain closed after the local sewage treatment plant was hit by the typhoon with the result that sewage started leaking into the sea. Temporary repairs were made but there is much to do before the whole plant is fully restored. The big picture is that we all survived, indeed, for people like myself, it provided a good opportunity to finally get round to tackling a more general clear up. The hope, which is almost certainly naĂŻve, is that lessons will be learned from this massive typhoon but, alas, the government seems determined to do no more than pat itself on the back for its good work. The Chief Executive Carrie Lam came to Sai Kung for precisely this purpose seven days after the typhoon struck. In a presidential-style whirlwind visit she spoke to some local bigwigs, met a couple of people and was whisked away as soon as her picture had been taken.

Mind you there is one government department that, as ever, has done its very best to demonstrate where its priorities lie. About a week after the typhoon, when everyone else was busy with repairs and getting things back in working order, the Home Affairs Department bureaucrats decided that the time had come to resume harassment over the existence of 4-meter canopy in my house, which appears to be giving them sleepless nights. Clearly while it remains in place civilization as we know it is under threat. So a big thank you to the HAD folks for demonstrating that whatever happens they will be still be busy ticking boxes regardless of the real work that is crying out to be done.

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