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June 2020




Barbecue tips from Jean-Paul Gauci

Celebrate Sai Kung’s dads this Father’s Day

The really useful magazine June 2020

2 CONTRIBUTORS Meet the team 6 PEOPLE Sai Kungers out and about 8 THE PLANNER Dates for your diary 12 NEWS What’s going on in your backyard? 15 POLICE BLOTTER Senior Inspector Ron Yung talks crime 16 FIVE MINUTES WITH.. Vinita Sheoran, Co-Founder of Sai Kung

35 IN THE GARDEN William James Tutcher F.L.S. on what to


plant this June

36 COUNCIL CHAT District Councillor Debby Chan gives us an introduction to the Sai Kung District Council

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Cookie Co

17 LOCAL Does Sai Kung need more housing developments?


18 MUST HAVES THIS MONTH Father’s Day gift guide 20 COVER STORY Meet the dads doing it all 24 DINING Jean-Paul Gauci shares his barbecue tips.


Plus nibbles

26 BIG DAY OUT Rory Mackay hikes from Shek Pik to Tai O 29 MONTHLY MUSINGS Award-winning author Nury Vittachi on

turning denial into a superpower

31 SAI KUNG SECRETS The history of Sham Chung Village 32 PETS Dr Pauline shares her tips for keeping

cats entertained. Plus walkies




editor’s letter

Just in time for Father’s Day (June 21), this month’s cover story shines a light on Sai Kung’s superdads! From triathlons to pizza making, these dads can do it all. World-renowned photographer Graham Uden captured the men in action on Sai Kung Promenade for our wonderful cover. Read their tips, tricks and dad jokes on page 20. If you’re still a little hesitant about venturing out to celebrate, fire up the grill and celebrate at home with Jean-Paul Gauci’s tips for the perfect backyard barbecue on page 24. We are excited to announce that District Councillor Debby Chan has joined the Sai Kung Magazine team this month with her first column on page 36. She will be answering your council questions over the coming months, drop us a line at to submit a question. Wishing you all a lovely Father’s Day and fabulous start to summer!

things we love this month... Delicious treats from Sai Kung Cookie Co Sai Kung’s new and delicious bakery is serving freshly baked, homemade cookies straight to your door! The bakery offers four unique flavours named after famous faces from the 20th century. Find out more about the cookies on page 16. Facebook: skcookieco

Getting pampered at Sense of Touch With Hong Kong’s humidity in full swing and the added build up from wearing masks all day, our faces need a bit of pampering. Sense of Touch’s HydraFacial treatment uses patented technology to cleanse, extract and hydrate the skin. Reducing congested pores, wrinkles, acne, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone, without the use of harsh chemicals or lasers.

Editorial Editor-in-chief Nicole Slater, Senior Staff Writer Charmaine Ng, Editorial Director Gemma Shaw,

Design Graphic Designer Vicky Lam, Alvin Cheng,

Sales & Marketing Director of Content Hilda Chan, Head of Digital Content Isamonia Chui, Partnership Manager Chrissie Ip, Elaine Li,


Digital Editor Apple Lee,


Tom Hilditch,

Thanks to Matt Weston Mayank Vaid Al Morales

Bryan Ng Chris Hanselman Sing Lai

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Stay strong Hong Kong You may have noticed that we’re at a reduced number of pages. These are tough times for everyone and just like other small businesses in Hong Kong, we are rationing. Hopefully things will return to normal soon. For now, we’ve squeezed the same great content into this slightly smaller issue. We hope it fills you with positivity for this great city in which we live.

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Credit: Graham Uden


e are halfway through 2020, schools are somewhat back and bars open again - dare I say it, I think there’s finally a sense of normality!




Thank you to our contributors

Dr Pauline Taylor Pauline is a senior vet at Pets Central and specialises in small animal medicine. She graduated in Scotland and spent 10 years practicing in New Zealand before moving to Hong Kong with her various four-legged family members. Pauline shares her tips for keeping cats entertained on page 32.

Graham Uden British-born photographer Graham Uden arrived in Hong Kong in 1992. His work has involved being held up by AK-47 toting ex-Khmer Rouge soldiers in Cambodia and squatting metres from Taliban trenches in Afghanistan. This month he shot our wonderful cover, in celebration of Father’s Day.

Debby Chan Debby Chan Ka Lam is the new District Councillor for Sai Kung Islands. She embraces the town’s diversity and strives for a more sustainable community. Check out what the Council has been up to this month in our new column on page 36.

Ron Yung Senior Inspector Ron Yung joined the Sai Kung Police Force late last year and is happy to be in town. He gives us the lowdown on crime in the area in our monthly police blotter on page 15.

Nury Vittachi Nury Vittachi is the award-winning Hong Kong-based author of more than 40 books, several of which have been published internationally in multiple languages. His journalism has appeared in more than a dozen publications, including The New York Times and Reader’s Digest. He shares his latest musings on page 29.

Rory Mackay Avid hiker and thrill-seeker, Rory owns adventure company Wild Hong Kong. This month he guides you over the southern tip of Lantau Island to Tai O in our Big Day Out. Read all about this route on page 26.

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say cheese

Behind the scenes of our cover shoot



JUN 22 - AUG 21

Hebe Haven Yacht Club Summer Sailing and Multi-Activity Weeks Members and non-members can enjoy a summer of watersports activities every Monday to Friday. Coach Ash will also be teaming up with the club to teach land activities and beach games! From $3000. Hebe Haven Yacht Club, Pak Sha Wan, Sai Kung.

JUN 2 Online Malvern Meet

JUN 5-7 Romeo & Juliet

JUN 12 French Cocktail Party

An Information session for prospective parents to learn more about Malvern College Hong Kong, with senior management and admissions available to answer questions. 4-5pm.

Hong Kong Ballet brings Shakespeare’s timeless tale of star-crossed lovers to life in a stunning performance. 2.30pm and 7.30pm. From $140. Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Meet The Union des Français de l’Etranger’s newly-appointed committee members. 8-10pm. Members $200, non-members $500. Novotel Century Hong Kong, 238 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai.

JUN 6 Motorino Pizza Making Party An afternoon of wine and antipasto while making your very own Neapolitan pie with traditional Italian toppings. 3-6pm. $298. 15 Ship Street, Wan Chai.

JUN 13 Midsummer Race 2020 A 8.5km solo trail run through Tai Tam Reservoir Road and Violet Hill. Open to all ages. Race starts at 3pm. $220. Tai Tam Reservoir.

JUN 14 Kapuhala GreenRace 18 An 18km trail run starting from Shuen Wan


what’s on and local kindergartens. 9am-4pm. $50. JW Marriott Hong Kong, 88 Queensway, Admiralty.

Country Park and finishing at Hong Lok Yuen Country Club, with a spread of refreshments. 8am-6pm. From $690. Bride’s Pool Road.

JUN 20 HK Brewcraft 7th Anniversary Party Celebrate the Brewery’s 7th anniversary with seven free-flow beer options. 4-7pm. $250. HK Brewcraft, 4/F, 15 Cochrane Street, Central.

JUN 25 Dragon Boat (Tuen Ng) Festival

JUN 17-27 UNSCHEDULED The Hong Kong Art Gallery Association aims to re-energise the city’s art scene with a showcase of local galleries including 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Ben Brown Fine Arts and more. $80. Duplex Studio, LG1/F & LG2/F, Block 1, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central.

Another public holiday!

JUN 20 Kindergartens Festival Explore school options and discover the perfect curriculum for your child, with 50 international

JUN 20 Rave Ma² Presents: Relief (Beach Party) An all-day beach party featuring music from six local DJs to celebrate the summer. 2-11pm. Free. Cobra Beach Club, 2/F, Silvermine Beach, Mui Wo, Lantau. Facebook: Ravema2




World Tour. 8pm. From $698. AsiaWorld-Expo Arena, Lantau.

Standup Comedy Open Mic Try your hand at comedy or watch new and seasoned comedians work out material. 7.3010.30pm. Free. The Riff HK, 8/F California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central.


Tigershead GreenRace Recce 1 The first of two recces for Tigershead GreenRace, spanning 16km around Lantau island. 9am-1pm. From $830. Mui Wo Ferry Pier, Lantau Island.

AUG 13-17

HKTDC Food Expo 2020 Sample international cuisines at affordable prices across three large halls. Opening hours vary depending on the hall you visit. From $40. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai.

AUG 30

Billie Eilish Where Do We Go? World Tour The Bad Guy singer will be performing live at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo for the first time ever in her highly-anticipated Where do we go?

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Hong Kong Living Guide 2020 is out now!

Recycling Saturday resumes From June 6, Sai Kung’s Recycle Saturdays are back. Bring along your cleaned polystyrene, glass and cartons to Yi Chun Street (behind the wet market) between 9-12pm on the first Saturday of each month. For more information or to volunteer contact Carol on whatsapp at 65318215.

Sai Kung gets artsy New education and performing arts academy The Arts Factory opened its doors on Po Tung Road last month. The academy is a safe, creative environment for children aged three to 16, with courses including acting, musical theatre, singing, dancing, phonics and storytelling. 787 Po Tung Road, Sai Kung. Facebook: theartsfactoryhk

everything you need to know about schools, restaurants, beaches and hikes. Pick up a free copy of our guide at many locations across the city or order read it online at

Credit: Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong

Our annual Hong Kong Living Guide is back with all the essential information you need to know about life in the city. Inside the 180-page book, you’ll find useful tips and tricks, including

Schools reopen Last month, The Education Bureau announced the resuming of primary and secondary schools in three phases starting from May 27. Schools across Hong Kong have since welcomed students back with strict social distancing regulations, arranging seats in a single row ‘face-to-back’


setting and requiring teachers to teach students facing one direction. Students are also required to wear face masks at all times and classrooms and school premises are required to be cleaned and disinfected regularly. For more information about the new regulations, visit

Boutique spa opens on See Cheung Street New spa Body & Soul opened its doors on See Cheung Street last month. From manicures to ear candling, the spa offers a range of classic and unique services. To celebrate its opening, Body & Soul is offering 10 percent off all services and 50 percent off ear candling and Shanghai firm style pedicures. 37 See Cheung Street, Sai Kung.

in your backyard

Hong Kong Virtual Marathon

Financial assistance for ESF parents

In light of the recent social distancing regulations, Fringebacker has organised a walking or running challenge to get Hongkongers back on their feet. The challenge takes place until June 30 and can be completed remotely via local trails, treadmills or even up and down the stairs! With over 35 local charities to support, every step you take goes towards a good cause. To join in, runners will need to log their daily details on All participants will receive a finisher’s medal, e-goodie bag with coupons and wonderful gifts from local brands and stores. ESF has launched a new ‘triple assistance’ financial package to help families who are having financial difficulties during the global pandemic crisis. Three schemes are as follows: all ESF fee-paying families can receive a 45 percent discount per student on their fees in June; the current ESF Financial Assistance Scheme will be extended to include the families of Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 7 students; and the launch of a new ‘Covid-19 Emergency Assistance Scheme’ allowing families to defer up to 50 percent of their

April, May and June fees with the option to pay back over 24 months starting in January 2021. “The impact of the global pandemic has left many of our families facing economic difficulties – and we want to do everything that we can to support them,” says ESF Chief Executive Officer Belinda Greer. “The triple assistance package that we are announcing today is designed to give immediate assistance to those who need it most.” Full details of the ‘triple assistance package’ can be found at



on patrol

Senior Inspector Ron Yung reports on recent cases in Sai Kung a Facebook post later that day she stated that the other dog had been euthanized. The Wong Tai Sin crime department has taken over the case and charged the woman for animal cruelty.

Nintendo nightmare On May 5, a male aged 22 brought a Ring Fit for his Nintendo Switch via the online marketplace Carousell. After transferring $757.50, the seller became uncontactable. The case is still under investigation.

Fishy business At 3pm on April 16, two groups were dining at a local seafood restaurant when a dispute broke out. The groups began throwing chairs and attacking each other over what police believe to be a money issue. When police swept the scene, they arrested five men and after further investigation, another three were arrested.

Late night drive gone wrong On May 8, a man called a taxi from Tai Au Mun at 11:30pm. After arriving at his destination in East Dam, the passenger attempted to strangle the driver with a rope. He stole money, mobile phones, keys to the taxi and drove off. The driver walked to Pak Tam Chung for assistance. The taxi and keys were located at Ma Tau Kok, but the case is still under investigation.

Close your windows

Handbag thief At 6:30am on April 23, a couple living in Habitat found their balcony door prised open. Upon further inspection, they noticed a handbag was missing from the kitchen, containing a wallet with $1,500 cash and credit cards. The case is still under investigation.

On the afternoon of May 9, a woman and her domestic helper returned to their house in Tai Wan Village to find two bedrooms and the study ransacked. Three watches, a pair of earrings and $11,000 in cash were missing. Police believe the window in the domestic helpers bedroom was open. The case is still under investigation.

Not so funny bone

Weekend traffic update

At 10am on May 5, three friends started their hike from Han Tin Wan to Tung Wan. During the walk, one of the hikers slipped and fractured his left elbow. He was airlifted to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in a conscious state.

The Sai Kung Police Department has redeployed the Wong Tai Sin traffic team and increased the number of officers patrolling the town during weekends and public holidays. The force has also placed traffic cones and signage on Fuk Man Road to prevent taxi obstruction.

Slippery slope

Arrested for animal cruelty

A female aged 61 and her friend went on a hike to Mai Fan Teng. They set off from Pak Tam Au at 9:30am and upon reaching their destination at 12:42pm, the female slipped down and fractured her left calf. She was airlifted to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in a conscious state.

On April 13, two dog walkers got into a dispute at Lions Nature Education Centre after a woman’s dog tried to bite another dog walking past. While the dispute was taking place, the same dog started fighting with one of the woman’s own four dogs. She lifted the dog by its leash, causing it to become unconscious. In

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


five minutes with as long as we both can remember. The kitchen is our favorite room in the house. We named our cookies after 20th century personalities. The Wakefield, The Mills, The Grace and The Rockwell. We like to keep things simple and straightforward. We currently have four core flavours, but we’re working on some new and interesting flavours for special occasions. Hong Kong is an extremely challenging place to start a business, but keep your faith, plough ahead and make sure your team is simpatico. To order with us you can phone, direct message, email or contact us via social media and we will deliver them fresh to your door.

Get in touch Facebook & Instagram: @skcookieco

Five minutes with

Vinita Sheoran

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Nicole Slater meets the Co-Founder of Sai Kung Cookie Co Humble in the world of desserts, yet so satisfying, who doesn’t love a good cookie? We were tired of travelling into town for a decent, passable cookie to satisfy our cravings. We figured Sai Kung needed a good cookie bakery, so my partner and I decided to open our own, The Sai Kung Cookie Co. I am originally from India and moved to Hong Kong five years ago, while my partner moved here three years ago from Canada.

Cookies are typically small and crispy in Asia, while in the West they are soft, big and full of flavor. We moved to Sai Kung two years ago. When we’re not baking my partner runs his own architecture and design practice. Since starting our businesses last month, the community has shown nothing but support for us, we could not imagine living anywhere else! My partner and I have been baking for


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Does Sai Kung need more homes?

Hong Kin Road

All you need to know about the proposed Hong Kin Road housing development


ai Kung is undergoing a major revamp over the coming years. With the widening of Hiram’s Highway and various housing developments being proposed, our small town may look very different in the future. The most recent proposal to the Sai Kung Town Planning Board was a request for a new housing development on Hong Kin Road. The site is a 3,810 square metre plot of land adjacent to the fire station. Currently derelict, the areas entrance is home to storage containers and other construction materials. The application was submitted on March 3, requesting planning permission to build 19 three-story houses for domestic purposes on the land. But the Rural and New Town Planning Committee of the Town Planning Board rejected the first application at the end of March.

The request was re-submitted on April 27, under Section 17 of the Town Planning Ordinance, requesting a review of the refusal decision of the application.

could start to see a rise in similar housing development projects, as more people choose to move to a more rural and natural part of Hong Kong.

Not-for-profit community organisation Friends of Sai Kung shared their thoughts on the proposed project, “we have no specific objections to this development on the basis that it is in keeping with the existing dwellings and local environment - particularly in respect of height restrictions and road and pedestrian access.” Adding that “our overall concern with the increasing number of developments, is the increase in road traffic and the impact on Sai Kung Town, in terms of parking and congestion. This is one of the key points given in our objection to stage two of the Higham’s Highway development project.” While the project has not received the relevant planning permission to go ahead yet, the town

Map of the site area


must haves this month 3D puzzle astronaut “Buddy” $728 from OKURA

Whiskey wedge $198 from MoMA Design Store

Noise cancelling headphones 700 with charging case $3,599 from BOSE

Daddy cool Nicole Slater rounds up the best gadgets and gizmos for the main man in your life

Arrivé Hannover slim brief $6,890 from TUMI

Betta 'Chinese Opera Man' slippers $298 from Goods of Desire


GOPRO Hero 8 $3,300 from Broadway

father's day

Cardhu 12 years single malt whisky $768 from The Bottle Shop

Customisable classic mapiful $325 from Mapiful

Nox Mini Bar $4,490 from Indigo Living

Napoleon Rogue 525 4 burner $10,990 from Everything Under The Sun Leather wine cooler $1490 from Indigo Living indigo-living. com

Father’s Day cards $30 from The Lion Rock Press


cover story

Let’s hear it for the dads! T Six Sai Kung fathers share their advice on balancing work and family life. By Nicole Slater. Photography by Graham Uden 20 | SAIKUNG.COM

his month we’ve dedicated our wonderful cover and story to the men in our community, many of whom work quietly behind the scenes making sure everything runs smoothly. From coaching rugby to running a restaurant, these dads can do it all!

dad of the year Matt Weston


aving lived in the Sai Kung and Clearwater Bay area for over 20 years, Matt, his wife and two teenage sons love getting out and about. As Chairman of the Sai Kung Stingrays, rugby is a big part of family life and his children have been playing for the team since the age of six.

What inspired you to join Sai Kung Stingrays? I have always loved rugby, after being a sideline-parent for many years I was encouraged to join in coaching, before getting involved with the committee and operations side. The club is so friendly and brings a great sense of community.

Do you think today’s fathers have it harder, easier or just different? I think we have it easier today (although it’s not all plain-sailing!) My father’s generation were expected to be sole bread-winners and to fit into a “man-of-the-house” stereotype. Today’s society is more flexible, accepting that work and hometime should be shared between both parents. Sharing the financial burdens and domestic demands makes for a more balanced and rewarding life for both mums and dads.

Does sport help strengthen the bond between dads and children? Our mini’s teams are all coached by parents, it’s wonderful to see parents and children out on the pitch having fun together. Personally, I enjoy playing touch-rugby and cycling with my sons (even though they leave me behind now!) Tell us a dad joke What do the Buffalo dads say at school drop-off? Bison.

Mayank Vaid


fter meeting his wife Theresa on board a Dragon Air flight to Beijing in 2007, the couple welcomed two boys and moved to Clearwater Bay in 2012. When he isn’t working as a Solicitor, Mayank takes part in races and triathlons across Hong Kong, including his most recent EverestMan challenge. How do your children feel when they see you compete? Mostly disappointed, they expect their superhero father to come home with a huge trophy every time! I try to manage their expectations and tell them i’m racing for fun, but when I do get a spot on the podium it gives them a real sense of achievement. They love to brag about it.

How do you balance work, training and family life? I try to prioritise my day as much as possible, Theresa and I hardly have a social life, it’s disappointing but saves us a lot of time. The last few months have been a blessing as I usually travel a lot for work. We’ve enjoyed a lot of family time on the trails, reading stories and playing board games. What is your proudest moment being a dad? Every time the boys have shown empathy and understanding for other cultures. We visited East Africa recently and took them to a local school for Masai kids. They displayed utmost friendliness and curiosity towards the local kids and teachers, it was amazing to see!


cover story Al Morales


rowing up in New York, Al loved doing two things; eating pizza and playing golf. Now Al is the proud father of four grown-up daughters and owner of six Paisano’s Pizzeria’s across Hong Kong. How did you balance work and family life? It was difficult at the beginning, my wife Louisa and I would open the shop early and come home after the girls were asleep. As the business grew we had more time together, we even joined the family annual package when Hong Kong Disneyland first opened and went once a month for an entire year! What are you children up to now? My girls are all grown-up now. My eldest, Andrea, has a family of her own in Florida; my second, Stephanie, is engaged and lives

in Colorado; my third, Ariane, is studying Business in Boston; and my youngest, Natalie, is getting ready to start a new life in the UK. I guess I’m going to be earning lots of frequent flier miles! How did you feel when your children have left the nest, what advice do you have for dads going through that? One minute you’re buying them a happy meal, the next you’re buying them a plane ticket. Becoming a parent doesn’t come with an instruction manual, our job is to teach them right from wrong and give love and support, with a little tough love when needed. The rest they will have to learn for themselves, it’s their life now and we are just spectators on the 50 yard line.

Bryan Ng


orn and raised in Sai Kung, Bryan studied in England for six years, before moving back to the town. He opened watersports company Blue Sky Sports Club in 2001 and is now the Chairman of Hong Kong Surf and Stand Up Paddle Board Association. Over the past few months he has co-founded Stand Up for Hong Kong, a charity event raising money for Hong Kong’s medical services. How do you balance work and family life? I work and train for long hours, luckily my family all like water sports too. We often head out to the ocean and go kayaking and paddle boarding together.


What age did your child first start swimming and does he like it as much as you? I got my little boy swimming at just five-months old, before taking him into the ocean at the age of one. Now he is four and loves being out on the water - I’m not sure if he likes it as much as me, but he is stoked out there! What are the benefits of bringing a family up in Hong Kong? Hong Kong has great cultural diversity, there are people from many different countries and backgrounds, which means our children can experience many cultures. There is also a diversity when it comes to the city and the outdoors. We can enjoy both sides of Hong Kong with very little effort.

dad of the year Chris Hanselman


ather of two Chris first moved to Hong Kong in 1982, starting the third generation business, Pacific Rich Resources in 2002. Being self-employed, Chris always made time for his children, but with both of them attending university in Durham, his fatherly duties have moved online and when they are home for the holidays. What are some parenting challenges that you’ve experienced as a dad? I think we’ve had a pretty good ride actually. The most challenging times would probably be handling their first romances… and of course getting them through the Rugby Sevens safely! What is a typical day like for you? It used to start with the school run

and then into the gym before hitting the office. Now I don’t have to do that, it’s a more leisurely start. My work day is usually at the office in Tsim Sha Tsui, before returning to Sai Kung for a cleansing ale at Hebe Haven Yacht Club to end the day. Do you think today’s fathers have it harder, easier or just different? I think the world has changed due to the access to the internet and social media, you can’t keep kids wrapped up anymore. They have access to so much, so parenting entails knowing what they are looking up and advising them on making the right decisions. Tell us a dad joke Did you hear about the scarecrow who won a Nobel prize? He was out standing in his field.

Sing Lai


well-known face in the Sai Kung community, Sing opened his first restaurant Singalings in 2019 and has caused quite the buzz around the town ever since! With six children and a new business, the restauranter has been learning how to balance family and work life.

they are older.

How do you children feel about you owning your own restaurant? Do they help out? My children are over the moon about me owning my own restaurant. Unfortunately they can’t help me out right now as it’s not legal, but maybe when

What are your family values? Respect. Everyone who steps foot inside the restaurant or even my home deserves respect, I feel that this is a trait that is sadly missing in modern society.

How do you balance work and family life? It’s very hard, owning your own restaurant takes up a lot of personal time. It’s not a 9-5 job, I’m there everyday but as Hong Kong isn’t a large place, my family is never too far away!



Raise the steaks

Chef Jean-Paul Gauci shares his tips for throwing the ultimate Father’s Day barbecue. By Apple Lee with bigger joints and sausages then work my way up to the more tender delicate parts and seafood – while always keeping some veggies going. 12. Avoid using oil for grilling. 13. Don’t poke the meats or move them around before they are ready. Apply tender pressure on a steak with tongs and if the meat rebounds, it is cooked. Allow the meat to rest for a few minutes before serving. 14. By this time you’ve had a few cold ones, you are ready to train the other guests to take the reins. 15. Finally, and rightfully so, a barbecue is a fun occasion for all, so keep it fun by doing a checklist a few days in advance. Let’s not be running around and looking for some good sea salt, tools or a bucket for cold beer at the last minute.


ean-Paul Gauci is the chef-owner of popular beachside grills Cococabana and CoCoNuts.

1. Check the weather forecast for obvious reasons. 2. The kids will generally love the first dibs from the grill. It’s good to know that you have prepared enough food for all with little left over. 3. Depending on the type of grill you’re using, keep your charcoal dry, soak your wood or check that the gas bottle is full. Kindle the wood instead of using chemical fire lighters. 4. Make sure all the ingredients are in the refrigerator the night before. Remember to prepare some good grilling veg too. 5. Your essential tools will include a good cutting board with a drip canal, sharp knives, long and short tongs, a small fan, trivet (wire tray with a tray under to catch any liquid) and a good thick cast (iron grill top is the best). 6. Don’t overlook the importance of condiments and sauces. A good rock salt, pepper and chill grinders, cheese for grilling, olive oil, mustard,


Don’t do it yourself Chimichurri and a squeeze of lemon all take things to another level.

Save the hassle and visit these popular grills instead

7. After spending many years behind the grill, I’m most impressed by the Argentinian Asado grill. Use ember charcoal for your main source of heat and a good hardwood such as oak or hickory to give your meats a smokey flavour. Cherry and apple wood are especially good for pork and seafood, but generally speaking, oak and hickory suffice for all.

The Ranch When it comes to a classic Texas barbecue, look no further than The Ranch. The cozy cowboy themed smokehouse offers a wide variety of steaks, burgers and sandwiches that every dad will love. Facebook: The Ranch Sai Kung

8. Remove all ingredients from the refrigerator – apart from fillets and small seafood – before your guests arrive to allow them to temper. This will make it a lot easier to control the cooking process, and also makes for a nice display too!

Padstow Bar and Grill Chow down on fresh seafood and flame grilled steaks while enjoying the fresh ocean air on Padstow’s rooftop terrace. The laid back atmosphere will make you feel at home, without having to do any cooking yourself!

9. Start your barbecue with some simple salads and slow cook onions and peppers on the grill. The onions will give out a wonderful aroma. 10. Season your meats with coarse salt only. Add pepper and other seasonings at the last minute. 11. Once the fire is down, leaving only embers, which will give off more heat than a huge fire, you are ready to Asado grill. I generally start

Bones & Blades Sustainable butcher and delicatessen Bones & Blades offers both in house meals and take away cuts for you to grill at home. Their popular set lunch menu includes hearty burgers, pork chops and sausages to sink your teeth into.


Dining news Lunch is served

Crazy for Cronuts

Vegetarian restaurant 2084 has just released a weekday lunch menu featuring new items such as Bombay Bravas, Papaya Cashew Tahini Salad and Omni Fried Rice. The set can be tailored depending on how many courses you choose with prices starting from $50. 5 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung.

Five months after the opening of Dang Wen Li in Harbour City, celebrity chef Dominique Ansel is, for the first time ever, bringing his signature pastry to the city. The Cronut is available in a brand new lychee and jasmine flavour that has never been served before, to make the occasion extra special. Available only until June 7 – so you better act fast! Shop OT G63A, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Detox dishes The Food Gallery at The Langham has reopened, with a newly launched made-to-order menu and an emphasis on freshness. The new dining concept will focus on immunity and vitality boosters for the mind and body, offering healthy dishes such as freshly made detox beverages and Hawaiian-style poke bowls. Save space to savour The Langham’s signature desserts including the famous Paris Brest and Chocolate Lava Cake. 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Harbourside Grill opens in Harbour City

Spun Candy comes to town Popular British sweet shop Spun Candy is opening its first Asian location in Harbour City this June. Established in London in 2013, the shop creates traditional, handmade

British confectionery including rock candy and personalised lollipops. A variety of candy making masterclasses will be available in 2021.

Bigger and better! Local ice-cream and coffee shop hushush has recently expanded. Famous for its homemade whiskey ice cream and fresh coffees, the shop was originally located on King Man Street, but was rather small for its evergrowing popularity. Now customers can enjoy both indoor and outdoor seating at its new location in Hoi Pong Square. Facebook: hushushcoffee

Taking over from Gordon Ramsay’s Maze Grill, which closed down earlier this April, Harbourside Grill offers panoramic views of the city while serving up contemporary cuisine with a French flare. Executive Chef Armand Sablon presents a grill-centric menu featuring a range of meat and seafood options, including wetaged US Sirloin, sea bass in lobster bisque and tableside steak tartare. Shop OTE401, Level 4, Ocean Terminal Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui. harboursidegrill.

Cafe Gray Deluxe x Cookie DPT afternoon tea Classic American-style cookie brand Cookie DPT has partnered up with Café Gray Deluxe on a delicious afternoon tea set this summer. The set will include their signature Earl “Gray” Cookie, mini red velvet cupcakes and the brands first savory treat, a sabatino black truffle cheddar biscuit. The set is available until July 31. Level 49, The Upper House, Pacific Place 88.


big day out

A Southern Lantau adventure Rory Mackay hikes from Shek Pik to Tai O


any spots in Hong Kong can feel far removed from the city, but are in fact just round the corner or over the hill from town. Then there are those rare confines that are genuinely far removed from civilisation. The southern tip of Lantau Island is such a place. Take the time to explore this enclave and you will be rewarded with a trip back in time to an untarnished landscape bursting with deserted beaches, fertile valleys and lush jungles. Despite Southern Lantau’s geographical isolation from the rest of Hong Kong, it is easily accessible and can be reached from the city within a couple of hours. The area is best explored by foot. My favourite route follows the region’s inspiring coastline, starting at Shek Pik


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Cruising around Tai O

in the east and finishing at Tai O in the west. On the direct hiking route, the more athletic types can complete the 15 kilometres within four to five hours. However there are many sights worthy of a cheeky detour along the way, so why not dedicate an entire day to this adventure? As a coastal hike, the main path avoids any major hills and is ideal for families who enjoy the outdoors. It’s advisable to bring a map if you’re unsure of the directions, and plenty of water during the warmer months. To reach the start of the trail, catch either the number 11 bus from Tung Chung or the number 1 bus from Mui Wo to Tai O. Keep an eye out for the Shek Pik Reservoir and disembark at the first bus stop immediately after the bus crosses the dam wall. Take in the beautiful sight of the Shek Pik Reservoir and Lantau Peak behind you before turning away, then follow the Lantau Trail southwards. The first part of the walk follows a catchwater and serves as a gentle warm-up before you hit the dirt track. Staying up above the coastline,

you’ll see beautiful views across many bays and beaches on this section. The path then descends to the idyllic Fan Lau Peninsula and its two sandy beaches. At a small Dai pai dong here, the friendly owner will make you a wholesome bowl of noodles, complete with drinks and fruit. This is the only such facility along the way, so make sure to recharge here before heading on. If you’re interested in historical sites, take a half-hour excursion to visit Fan Lau Fort on the far end of Fan Lau Peninsula. Built in 1729 during the reign of the Yongzheng Emperor, the fort was abandoned by the British in 1898 and almost all that remains today is a large stone rectangle. The second half of the walk from Fan Lau to Tai O follows a much more sheltered section of coastline and is more heavily forested. The area possesses great biodiversity, so keep an eye out for interesting plants and animals. Pass through the majestic village of Yi O – complete with agricultural farmland, grazing cattle and abandoned buildings, it’s a surreal settlement to stroll through. Just past Yi O, the path meets an area of mangroves on the coast. At this juncture you have the option of checking out the most stunning of detours at the Man Cheung Po waterfalls and infinity pool. Turn right onto a less distinct path and head up the hill past a few abandoned houses. Continue for about 20 minutes up the valley until you reach the pools. This is quite a popular spot nowadays, so you might suddenly see more folk in the first five minutes up there than you would have on the entire walk. But when you reach the pools on a hot sunny day, it’s clear to see what all the fuss is about. Although it is prohibited to swim in the infinity pool (because it serves as a reservoir for Tai O), the numerous rock pools and waterfalls behind it are fair game. Go back down the same way you came up, and once you return to the main path it’s a simple one-hour walk to Tai O. If hiking 15-17

kilometres sounds like biting off more than you can chew, there’s always the option to hike shorter distances at either end of the trail, from Shek Pik to Fan Lau or from Tai O to Man Cheung Po. Once in Tai O, it’s good to have a wander around the village. Whether it’s your first or one hundredth time there, the sights and a refreshing beverage are always an enjoyable treat after a decent walk. From Tai O you can simply hop on a bus back to civilisation, although beware that there are sometimes massive queues for the number 11 bus to Tung Chung during holiday seasons. If that happens, I strongly recommend cutting your losses by opting for the number 1 bus to Mui Wo and then a ferry to Central. Rory Mackay runs adventure company Wild Hong Kong. For more details visit

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monthly musings

Time to get up and out Award-winning author Nury Vittachi on turning denial into a superpower


friend called me “a fat, lazy slob”. I chose to interpret this as a compliment in this lockdown period where People Who Care Are People Who Stay On Their Sofas. (Denial has always been one of my strongest superpowers.) But I did start thinking seriously about health when I saw a TV report last week on a sport called“base jumping”, in which you jump off the tops of mountains or high buildings wearing flappy clothing.

measurably less healthy than jobs in which people leave their seats (teaching, nursing, bullfighting, driving with crocodiles, etc). Readers’ Digest had a shock cover headline about it: “Sitting is the new smoking”. Sitting distorts the spine and crushes the internal organs, causing death, it said. If sitting is the new smoking, it is clearly only a matter of time before chairs are sold plastered with photos of twisted skeletons.

At least, they call it “new”, but we had it when I was young, when it was called “committing suicide”.

First, sitting will be banned in offices but allowed only in a designated room on each floor.

The base jumper being interviewed said something like this: “Jumping off buildings in a wingsuit is usually survivable. Doing a desk job every day and being a couch potato every night is always lethal.”

Then, the designated room will be removed and people who want to sit will have to cluster at the front of the building with chairs they have brought themselves.

The Universe was clearly telling me something, because the very next day I received two news reports from readers about health. The first was a news item which told me that a circus bus was motoring at high speed along the Murmansk road in northern Russia when it went over a bump. Two circus employees, the crocodile and the accountant, body-slammed each other. At two meters long, the crocodile was technically bigger than the accountant, but the accountant had been doing a lot of comfort-eating lately, and at 120 kilos, was heavier than the crocodile. Afterwards, the crocodile had to stop work for a while. The accountant was fine, but was scolded for not wearing a seat belt. The ironic thing was that the other health news item warned us not to stay seated. Professions in which people work in a seated position (desk jobs, mud-wrestling, etc.) are

In the final stage, anti-sitting signs will be placed around the building and people will have to go and find dark alleys in which they can pull out a portable chair for a five-minute sit-down. I honestly think scientists have a list of “Everything People Like Doing” and methodically work through it to stop us doing them. Otherwise the law of averages would force them to discover something slobfriendly every few years, such as “portions of chocolate fudge cake boost health but only if you eat two”. Talking of food, people once laughed at me because I thought a “nutritionist” was a person who lived on nuts. But then I met one and found I was right. They eat nuts most of the time and then salad once a day—and the salad has nuts in it.

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a single 100-gramme piece of chocolate cake, he will instantly put on at least 500 grammes of excess weight. How is this possible considering the laws of physics, which tells us that matter-energy cannot be destroyed or created? I had spoken to a large number of people (two) and received 100 percent agreement that this actually happens. “One mouthful of sacher torte and whoompf! I’m the Michelin Man,” said one medium-size female. I expected the nutritionist to say that it was impossible. But she didn’t. “What happens is that a dieter who eats chocolate cake finds herself suddenly filled with sugar and guilt,” she said. “The two combine in her stomach to cause severe bloating. Bang. She’s the Incredible Hulk.” I would write more about this, but I just made myself hungry, it’s been an hour since my mid-morning coffee break, and it IS lunchtime, well, eleven o’clock-ish, near enough, so I think I’ll stop here. This does not mean I am admitting to being a fat, lazy slob. No! At least not after I have turned on my “total denial” superpower. Bon appétit.

I asked her to solve a puzzle. If a person eats



sai kung secrets

Sham Chung The once-thriving community is now an eerie ghost town


ocated along the Three Fathoms Cove trail is a coastal inlet between Sai Kung West Country Park and Ma On Shan, which was once known as Kei Ling. This explains the cantonese name for the Three Fathoms Cove, Kei Ling Ha Hoi (“the sea under Kei Ling”). Here you’ll find a restored Hakka village, remote grassland and lush mangroves referred to as Sham Chung. While the almost aban-

doned village may be beautiful, it is a far cry from its natural state. First established in 1879, this remote village thrived on the land which they had converted to paddy fields; at its peak in 1950, the village was home to over 500 residents. After many of the community's children left to work and study abroad, the village ended up abandoned. Once the villagers left, the forgotten fields transformed into a wetland teeming with wildlife, including rare animals like brown fish owl and the Hong Kong paradise fish, becoming one of the cities most ecological sites. But in 1999, developers earmarked the area for a golf course, draining the wetland and replacing it with grass, and destroying the unique ecosystem in the process. The project was never approved and resulted in the loss of one of the city’s thriving ecosystems. Today, hikers and explorers venture over

to the village, where many of the original structures still stand, including The Epiphany of Our Lord Chapel, one of the Historic churches of Sai Kung Peninsula. In the village’s hayday, The Chapel housed Kung Man School, which had about 60 pupils and two full-time teachers. Some villagers return to the area on weekends and holidays including Tom Li, who has set up in his old family home serving drinks and noodles to hungry hikers.

How to get there: From Sai Kung Town, take the 99 and 299x KMB bus and alignt at Yung Shue O. From this junction it is a 45-minute walk down the single-track road to reach Yung Shue O or take a taxi instead. Once you have reached the village of Yung Shue O, the road stops and the hiking trail begins. Follow the painted banners indicating the way to Sham Chung. It's a 45-minute stroll along the coastline to Sham Chung Ferry Pier and then inland to the village grasslands.

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Dr Pauline Taylor shares her tips for keep your cat entertained Modern domestic household pet cats come in many different colours, breeds and sizes as a result of their genetics and human breeding programmes. Cats have been known to be companions for humans from as long ago as 7000BC. The psychological benefits of living with a beloved pet includes companionship, a feeling of being needed and less depression. The physical benefits include decreased blood pressure, reduced risk of a second heart attack and decreased triglyceride concentrations. Cats can’t talk so it’s important we understand their signals. As natural born predators an adult male cat spends around 12.5 percent of his time eating, killing around 12 mice per day. They also sleep an average of 12.5 hours per day, being most active at dusk and dawn. So if you wondered why your cat wakes you up at 5.30am, it’s because his natural ‘body clock’ is telling him it’s time to stalk, kill and eat! When we become cat guardians and keep our cats confined in apartments 24/7, we are subjecting them to the possibility of extreme boredom. Here are some boredom tricks to keep them entertained: • Make your cat work for their food: make feeding into a game and use food dispensing toys and slow feeders. These have an added bonus of Got a question for Dr. Pauline? Email

providing mental stimulation for our bored felines. • Create multiple feeding stations around your home, putting a small amount of food in each station. By making your cat forage or climb to get food, it not only extends eating time, but also makes feeding time more fun. • Allow your cat to look out the window if they wish without getting frustrated. • Buy or make cat furniture with plenty of hiding places and scratching areas. • Get a pet DVD or sign up for cat music videos and have a feline movie night. • Last but not least, make time to socially interact by cuddling and talking to your cat every day. Your cat will love you more that way too.

Dr. Pauline Taylor Pets Central veterinarian answers your questions.


Rex the dog ventures around High Island Reservoir takes around four hours to complete. Make sure you bring plenty of water and dog biscuits for your furry friend and stay in the shade wherever possible. Be aware that there are no opportunities for your furry friend to take a cooling dip on this hike so this is perhaps one for cooler days! How to get there: Dogs are not allowed on public buses so take a taxi from Sai Kung town to Pak Tam Chung, which will take around 10 minutes. You can also drive as the area offers free parking but be sure to arrive early on weekends as spaces tend to fill up fast! Stretch your legs and take your best bud on a stroll around Hong Kong’s biggest reservoir, High Island Reservoir in Sai Kung. The walk begins with a short detour around Sheung Yiu Folk Museum, an old Hakkke village, before joining the first


stage of the MacLehose Trail towards the East Dam. This Dam is part of the Geopark and offers stunning views over the water, famous hexagonal rock columns and even a sea cave, so don’t forget to pack your camera! The hike is 12.9km and

Alternatively, if you choose to do this hike dog-free, take minibus number 7 or 9 or KMB bus 94 to Pak Tam Chung. Have a favourite walk? Email



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What to plant in June June weather facts Average high temperature: 30.2°C Average low temperature: 26.2°C Average rainfall: 456.1mm (18”) Average rainfall days: 19.1 days Average sunshine hours: 4.9 hours


y June we are accustomed to the hot summer air in Hong Kong and we embrace it, for it will be with us a few more months regardless. This month we can expect increasing downpours of rain and typhoon warnings that will leave us mildly shaken to our cores. Nevertheless, life doesn’t stop, and we mustn’t lose hope for our gardens. Key practice this month will be to avert any damage created by strong winds by moving your container plants indoors. Violent winds and heavy rain can cause havoc in the garden, so it is important to set up your defense early. Seeds of the following may be sown: mustard and cress, Chinese spinach, cucumber, lettuce, sweet corn, Chinese long and short beans, Chinese green and white cabbage. It is well-advised to sow seeds in pans or pots whenever possible, keeping up with the withdrawal strategy against the monsoon. Thin out the leaves of your Chinese long beans. Brinjals will as well be better off with some of their leaves taken off. This will help your vegetables continue to bear much longer in your garden beds. Don’t be intimidated by the bold skies and rising heat, as your garden can still flourish with the right skill. June is a busy month for gardeners, tread carefully and win over the winds with your garden’s sturdy charm.

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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Council Chat

An introduction to the Sai Kung District Council Debby Chan shares the recent developments in the Council


ai Kung welcomed 16 new District Council members last November, with many coming from local community groups instead of traditional political parties. Six months in and we are only one-eighth into the term with plenty of changes on the horizon. Here’s a look at what’s been happening on the Council this month.

Council and committee groups Firstly we restructured the Council, aware of residents’ concerns about urban planning, environmental protection, animal welfare and labour rights, we incorporated these topics into the committees and working groups. The Community Building and Social Innovation Committee was delegated to increase public engagement and narrow the gap between the public and the Council. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we had to hold off on this


committee for the time being.

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meeting hours over the past few months, addressing topics such as illegal parking, repairing progress of MTR stations and the shortage of nursing facilities. Asking the government to get something done as a Councilor is no different from asking as a resident, except we can get all the papers in the language that we understand. Got a council question for Debby? Email us at

Hiram’s Highway Project A well-known issue amongst residents is the Hiram’s Highway Project Improvement Stage 2. The Highways Department published an initial dual-way design for public inspection in early March. During the last week of the inspection period, I visited the shops along Po Tung Road near Sun On village and to my surprise, most of the shop owners had not paid attention to the notice hanging outside their shops, neither had the residents living further away from the notice. While the Highways Department is reviewing the public’s comments, the Council has passed a few motions to improve the current road design for Hiram’s Highway to replace the irreversible and intrusive dual-way.

District Council meetings We’ve been breaking the record for our

Debby Chan Ka Lam is the District Councillor for Sai Kung Islands, striving for a more sustainable community.


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