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October 2021 DR GEN IS IN THE HOUSE
WITH THE LEUNGS
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Out and about in Sai Kung
28 SK FAMILY
4 THE PLANNER
What’s on this October
Meet the Iron Ladies
What’s going on in your backyard?
New Sai Kung Animal Hospital
The Buddhists who release Sai Kung’s seafood
Senior Inspector Ron Yung talks crime
Dr Pauline Taylor answers your pet questions
17 FIVE MINS WITH
34 DIRECTORY For all your Sai Kung needs
36 PANDEMIC PANTO with Peter Wood
15 POLICE BLOTTER
Meet the Leungs
Vickie Hu from Ensemble
WM Hotel Restaurant reviewed
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ALOHA Summer Kids Carnival at Tikitiki Bowling Bar
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Clean Pak Sha Wan Day Join the Hebe Haven Yacht Club gang as they clean up the coast around their club at Pak Sha Wan. 2719 9682
OCT 1 National Day
OCT 3 Aberdeen Dragon Boat Races
Festivities, flags and fireworks – and the day off work.
The annual dragon boat race is a spectacle that’s not to be missed. Postponed from June. 8am-6pm. Aberdeen Promenade / Aberdeen West Typhoon Shelter facebook.com/aberdeendragonboat
OCT 1 Sai Kung Mystery Night Adventure Meet the frogs – and other creatures – who make all that night time noise, on a night time ramble through flora and fauna unique to Sai Kung. 6.30pm-10pm. $300 adults, $220 children encompasshk.com
OCT 1-3 GreenPath Ashtanga Retreat Outdoor yoga, music and meditation with Clayton Horton at the Pier Hotel. ashtangayoga108.com/about-clayton
OCT 1-3 Sai Kung Market Bazaar Extended to three days for the long weekend and now “refreshed with new vendors”. 11am - 8pm. Man Yee Wan Recreation Centre
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OCT 1, 2 & 9 “Mummy and Me” Sewing Workshop Make a Harry Potter-inspired outfit with your kids for Halloween. 2pm-5pm, Ensemble Co-Creating space. Classes led by Odile. 112 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung, places cost $790. ensemblecocreatingspace.com
OCT 2 Sai Kung Recycle Day Bring your recyclables to the “Look for Green’’ mobile collection unit. Find it parked between Takka Fusion and the Conservatory at 9:00am-12pm on Saturday. facebook.com/lookforgreen
OCT 4-11 World Dyslexia Awareness Week Dyslexia Week 2021 focuses on the invisibility of dyslexia. Interestingly, some of the best magazines are edited by dyslexics. bdadyslexia.org.uk
OCT 5, 12, 19 & 26 Sai Kung Qigong Sessions Instructor Lawrence Tse teaches unique exercises for body and soul. Classes at the waterfront by the Kau Sai Chau Golf Centre car park. $320 per session and $1100 per month. Every Tuesday. 9am-10am. facebook.com/lawrence.healingqigong
what’s on OCT 8 Pound Party
OCT 9 Netball
The third annual Concert for the Animals raises money for Catherine’s Puppies, Hong Kong Cats, and Sai Kung Lost Injured Animals. It features live music, bowling and a vegetarian buffet. $250 adults (7pm-11pm), $150 kids (5pm-7pm). 4/F Centro, 1A Chui Tong Rd. email@example.com
HK Junior Netball League matches start at Fa Hui park with 15 teams from Sai Kung Stingrays entering. Adrian, firstname.lastname@example.org
OCT 8, 9, 10 China Coast Regatta Now in its 29th year, the China Coastal Race is based out of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s Middle Island clubhouse. Sailors will compete in a variety of windward, leeward, geometric and island courses. Do this instead of the Hong Kong Hainan race, which is cancelled this year. chinacoastraceweek.com
OCT 10 Yim Tin Tsai Culture and Heritage Tour Explore the culture and heritage of this unique Catholic Hakka Island, one of our region’s forgotten treasures, located just offshore from the Sai Kung Peninsula. A fascinating and enlightening day out. 9am-12.30pm. $280. Meet at Sai Kung Pier. encompasshk.com
OCT 11 Ebru Marbling Workshop Make some unique and eye-catching crafts with Symone Dolai. Hint: it’s easy and the results look fabulous. Adults and Children welcome. Symone 98342365. Tickets cost $250. 2pm, Ensemble Co-Creating Space. ensemblecocreatingspace.com
OCT 11-14 TFS Mid-Term Football Camp Tickets are priced at $5000. 9.30am on 11 Oct, until 4.30pm on 14 Oct. facebook.com/TFSFootballAcademy
OCT 11-15 ESF Half Term Holidays School’s out. Check out our Kids Activities Guide on page 20.
OCT 14 Chung Yeung Festival
festival, where families across Hong Kong pay respects to their ancestors. A national Holiday, expect the countryside to be busy.
OCT 16 Sip & Shop Sustainably Eco-friendly pop up shops and local musicians. Free. 11am-6pm. The Hive Sai Kung. thehivesaikung.com.hk
OCT 17 Spreading Piloxing LOVE with Sally G Charity dance event for rural elderly services in Sai Kung. Spaces are limited. Sai Kung District Community Centre No.8, Mei Yuen Street, Sai Kung. 11am-12pm. Sally G 95290477 for more details.
OCT 22 & 23 Jurassic Park in Concert The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra performs the iconic John Williams score. Tickets $580, $480, $380. Hkphil.org
OCT 23 Cooking Class for Kids Childrens’ cookery class led by Angela. Saturday, 23 October, 10.30am-12pm. Ten spots available. $480. ensemblecocreatingspace.com
OCT 23 SKIP play date For prospective families with children aged 1 to 4. Bring your preschoolers along for a play, meet the SKIP team and find out more about SKIP. 9.3011.30am. email@example.com
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The Green Race
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planner OCT 24 Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon The Hong Kong Marathon is back! Be
prepared for an early start (6.10am) and strict Covid safety measures in place. Race categories available include 42km, 21km and 10km. hkmarathon.com
OCT 30 Waldorf 101: Information Day Forest House Waldorf School open day. 10am-12pm. Free. Forest House Floral Villas, 18 Tso Wo Road. foresthouse.edu.hk
OCT 30-31 24-Hour Charity Dinghy Race Hebe Haven Yacht Club opens to the public for their banner 24 hour race. Now in it’s 19th year this is a fun family event and a great way to check out the club.
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what’s on OCT 30-31 Sai Kung “Halloween Special” Market Bazaar Hebe Haven Yacht Club opens to the public for their banner 24 hour race. Now in it’s 19th year this is a fun family event and a great way to check out the club.
OCT 30-31 Sai Kung “Halloween Special” Market Bazaar Sai Kung’s monthly market takes a spooky twist for the Halloween weekend. 11am 8pm. Man Yee Recreation Centre
OCT 30-31 Long Ke Wan Camping Adventure Spend the weekend by the beach in the great outdoors at Sai Kung’s Long ke Wan Campsite, with treks, BBQ and fun team building activities provided by Cava Adventures. The group meets in Sai Kung on Saturday at around 9am and then returns on Sunday at 11.30am. cavaadventures.org
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Sai Kung Cub Scouts farewell to retiring Akela and Grizzly Caps off and a deep bow to Sai Kung Cub Scout leaders Clare “Akela” Fisher and Ellen “Grizzly” Hobson, who are retiring after six years leading Sai Kung’s scout group. To mark their departure a traditional “Wolf Howl’’ was held at twilight by the flagpole overlooking Hebe Haven. A new leadership team continues the work: including Kathy Brewin, Gill Prior, Linsey Irvine and Catalina Abel, Shermon Joy, Ged Finlay, Aaron Goach, Sean Prior, Winnie Chan and Delian Gaskill. Sai Kung’s 299th East Kowloon scouting group was established way back on 1st November 1979. The group provides weekly outdoor adventuring and hall activities for youth members aged from seven to seventeen years old: 20 Beavers, 28 Cub Scouts and 40 Scouts. It is based at the Pak Sha Wan scout centre. The volunteer-run scout group has flourished over the years, leading activities ranging from camps, climbing trips, beach clean up’s, trail hike support and other community service as well as international expeditions to far flung places such as Nepal and the Lake District. “Nothing beats toasting smores over an open fire in Sai Kung’s great outdoors!” said outgoing group scout leader, Ellen “Grizzly” Hobson. “Scouting embraces outdoor activities, physical pursuits, endurance, confidence, kindness, and
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in your backyard
$2.5m Yim Tin Tse conservation project goes God’s House ahead What was life like on Yim Tin Tse island? The Rural Conservation Funds is giving $2,600,000 to Chinese U researchers to find out. The money will be spent on amassing records, maps and materials provided by the villagers and locals with researchers hoping to build up a clear picture of what life was like on the tiny island. The
grant is another victory for village head, Colin Chan, who has been working since 1998 to turn his birthplace from an abandoned island into a “living museum”. The project starts Jan 1 2022. Wanna take a look yourself? Catch a ferry to Yim Tin Tsai from Sai Kung waterfront. It’s HK$60 return.
Two local churches are set to be recognised as historical monuments by the The Office of Antiquities and Monuments. The 121 year old Chapel of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady in Pak Tam, and 103 year old the Nativity of Our Lady Chapel in Long Ke, are both set to be rated as thirdclass historical sites.
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‘Cruising Hong Kong’ Iconic Hair Stylist Mojdeh is Leaving Hong Kong You can’t buy happiness but you can buy a boat. Or failing that, you can now buy Cruising Hong Kong, the definitive coffee table book by Sai Kung’s very own Guy Nowell. The lavishly-illustrated book is packed with practical information on destinations, regulations, anchorages, history, geology and much, much more. It is the first guide book to the watery delights of the Hong Kong coastline since Richard Hownam-Meek’s ‘Afloat in Hong Kong’, published more than 40 years ago. “We sold out of the first edition,” said Guy, who runs Asia Yacht Press with Suzy Rayment. “We were still being asked for copies, so we thought we’d better go back to the printer!” The second edition includes more maps and more photographs. Cruising Hong Kong is presently available direct from the publishers (Asia Yacht Press +852 9680 7063, email@example.com) and at RHKYC Shelter Cove, the RHKYC Ship Shop (Kellett Island), and Club Marina Cove. HK$460. PS. ex-Hongkongers love it too - post early for Christmas!
After 25 years, Sai Kung’s hair and beauty queen is leaving Sai Kung to join her family overseas. “It has not been an easy decision,” said Moj. “But it is time. I have grandchildren in America I have to spend time with.” This means that Tala’s Hair and Beauty Centre is for sale. “I’m selling the business as a turnkey operation,” said Moj. The wellestablished and highly renowned enterprise includes staff, hair products, salon equipment and all colour formulae for existing clients, salon and registered business name. The price? “Very reasonable,” says Moj. Tala’s is well known amongst clients for its exceptional customer care and outstanding service quality, and with an extensive clientele. More information and contact t details can be found on Talas Hair and Beauty website or WhatsApp Moj on 6777 1500.
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Doctor in the House Dr Genevieve Touzel, has taken over Sai Kung Animal hospital. Why did you do it Dr Gen? I love Sai Kung, and the opportunity to take over Sai Kung Animal Hospital, with its great reputation and team, was too good to miss.
Dawson set up his business, Sai Kung Handyman. I was nervous that the family would not love Sai Kung as much as I did but my fears were unfounded. We haven’t looked back.
What is your mission as a vet? To provide the very best care to beloved animals and their humans.
What makes you happy in Sai Kung? I love the community. In five years, I have made some great friends.
Why include humans? Dealing with an acute trauma or a chronic illness of pets can be very stressful. Part of my job role is to help ‘the humans’ too.
How did you become a vet? Aged seven, I was excited beyond words to own a mongrel pup. I loved him so much. I would sleep with him curled up in his basket, nuzzle him endlessly, I even ran away from home with him one day. Growing up, I would try to save every injured animal I could find, I was a regular attendee at various welfare events and protests and used to collect animals on long drives that were injured by the roadside. There was always roadkill in Australia and I was intent on checking the pouches of marsupials for any surviving orphans. I started volunteering at RSPCA in Australia at 12 years old and loved it. I only ever wanted to be a vet.
You ran the Sai Kung branch of SPCA for five years. How was that? Sai Kung is the pet capital of Hong Kong. Working at Sai Kung SPCA – in the bustling hub of Sai Kung – was wonderful and hectic and a great introduction to Hong Kong vet life. You have a strong following among Sai Kung and Clearwater Bay residents. Why? People come to me because they trust my advice. After 21 years of practice, I’m a competent and skilled surgeon and proficient in medicine and acupuncture. And I always say it like it is. I am an honest person. What can residents expect when they visit Sai Kung Animal hospital? Friendly faces, a team of animal lovers and perhaps a treat or two if they are lucky. Usually, we can fit your pet in for an urgent appointment the same day. We have an in-house laboratory, Xray and ultrasound facilities. We can diagnose and treat without delay.
Do you have any advice for young people who want to become a vet? Gain as much experience with animals as possible. I scrubbed outdoor cages every Sunday in the Australian Summer heat as a teenager. I volunteered at animal shelters, farms, private kennels and vet clinics on school holidays.
What else should wannabe vets know? Vet work is not always glamorous. We deal with faeces, maggots, blood and some pretty gruesome injuries. We work long hours. The first years After five years running Sai Kung’s SPCA, are tough and it is difficult to ‘switchDr Genevieve Touzel, has taken over Sai Kung Animal hospital. off’. Social media can be brutal, especially towards less experienced How did you wind up in Sai Kung? vets. Mental health problems are a huge issue in the industry. You I’m from Melbourne, Australia but have spent the majority of my need solid foundations, thick skin and a good support network are working life in the UK. My brother also lives in Sai Kung. Six years required. Vets need to enjoy working with people as well as animals. ago, I flew from the UK to surprise him on his birthday and fell in love with Sai Kung. Returning to London that Sunday night, I was already Do you have a message for the people of Sai Kung? hatching plans to convince my family that Hong Kong should be our Love what you do! next adventure. Luckily my family loves adventure just as much as I do. Considering they had never been to Hong Kong, I was thrilled Read the full version of Dr Gen’s interview, including more info for that they were willing to embrace the unknown. My husband Ben aspiring Vets, on saikung.com
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Senior inspector Ron Yung reports the latest and greatest It’s A Steal An attempted burglary took place at 5pm on September 4 at a house in Tui Min Hoi Village. After the perpetrator realised he had been spotted by residents, he ran off without entering the home. He was subsequently apprehended by the police and was found to be homeless, in possession of Viagra tablets and in search of food. He has since been charged.
Heat Sensitive A 48-year-old man was taken ill with heatstroke on September 11 while hiking with a friend on Jin Island. As he was unable to walk, his friend contacted the police and he was airlifted to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital. He subsequently made a full recovery.
Love Story A 20-year-old man was chatting with someone via an online dating app and agreed to meet her on August 28. After arriving at the Hang Hau MTR rendezvous spot, the man received a WhatsApp message, saying that he would have to pay HK$5,000 before the meeting. He duly bought HK$5,000 worth of online iTunes vouchers and sent them to his “date”. Unfortunately, she never showed up.
Too Good To Be True When an avid gamer aged 49 saw an advert for the hard-to-find PlayStation 5, he thought Christmas had come early. He contacted the advertiser who told him to pay an HK$800 deposit, which he did via AliPay. The PS5 and its seller never materialised. The case is still under investigation..
Job Related Beware scammers preying on the unemployed. A cold call claiming there was a job vacancy delivering mobile phones in Sau Mau Ping hit its mark. The man who got the call happened to be looking for work. He registered his interest and was told to pay HK$4,000 to secure the job, which he did via FPS. The job advertiser was subsequently uncontactable. The case is still under investigation.
Bank boss hiker found dead Rescue workers found the body of 59-yearold Shou Fugang, CEO of China Bank of Communications Insurance Company, at
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Mount Hallowes in Sai Kung Country Park after he had been missing for five days. Hundreds of people had joined the search but efforts were complicated by torrential rain and hail stones. Chief inspector Kong Sze-wan said it was possible Shou accidentally fell down a slope and became separated from his phone. “There were scratches on his body and his legs were fractured,” Kong said. “But we found no suspicious wounds.”
What’s happening at sea Borrowed goods On August 27 a couple were riding on a jet ski near Tai Tau Chau fish farm when the jet ski collided with a fishing vessel. When police were called to the scene they discovered the couple had borrowed the jet ski without permission from the owner. Lightning causes tragedy A man kayaking around Green Egg Island was tragically struck by lightning on the afternoon of September 16. He had been kayaking with his wife when the bad weather hit and unfortunately was pronounced dead at the scene. Another jet ski incident On the afternoon of September 15, an male on an unlicensed jet ski collided with a pleasure boat. Marine police arrived at the scene and the driver was taken to Tseung Kwan O hospital in a conscious state.
Supermarket staff spotted a man stealing a bag of rice at 10pm on August 26. They raised the alarm and the shoplifter threw the rice to the floor and ran off. Although the police arrived on the scene, the man was long gone and a lack of CCTV meant he could not be identified or caught.
RIP Two men, both 25, were out hiking from Pak Lap to Pak Fu Shan on September 11 when they found a man lying unconscious beside the mountain path. The victim, aged 46, was airlifted to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital where he subsequently passed away in the Intensive Care Unit. He had no underlying conditions but his death is not being treated as suspicious.
Burglary prevention: • • •
Secure doors and windows Activate anti-burglary measures Call 999 if you encounter a suspicious person
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five minutes with
Vickie Hu Meet the owner of Ensemble Co-Creating Space, Sai Kung’s favourite venue for creatives comfortable setting. Children learn skills that last a lifetime. They make unique objects – things that speak to who the student is. The ultimate “wealth” is the priceless experience you have. You cannot buy this from a store. In our hi-tech world why does craft matter? In the hi-tech era craft becomes high tech too. Crafting is much easier. There are so many new tools that help the process and save time. You go online and download sewing patterns, embroidery patterns (we plug a USB into my embroidery machine), “guided cooking” invented by Thermomix makes cooking easy and fun. With all these tools and machines we spend less time on tedious work and more on creativity. You can see your “hand made” project finished in less time. We need to embrace hi-tech and go with the trend. Grandma would be amazed.
What gave you the idea to start a cocreating space? Sai Kung needed one. Before, local residents had to trek to Hong Kong or Kowloon for creative classes. Now they can come to Ensemble Co-creating Space. It’s easy, fun and there is a nice sense of community.. How did you come to find such a great space in the heart of Sai Kung? It was meant to be. I had a vision of a place with views of the ocean. Three months later I happened to pass by the shop. It was perfect. Can you share the names of some of your popular activities? So many: For adults, our sourdough class, Qipao making class and our free cooking demo with Thermomix is popular. Our consultation session with Dr Jiwoon, a Sai Kung based naturopathic doctor is often booked out. For kids, our sewing and cooking classes are very popular. Where do you find your teachers? I’m always on the lookout for people with a passion to teach and share. Often a teacher might reach out to me because they have a passion and a skill, and they want to share. Other times I find the teacher.
How do you spot a teacher? I met one of my sewing teachers at a flower arrangement workshop. She is a retired fashion designer and professional pattern maker. She never thought about teaching before. But, I helped her create a “make a dress in one day” workshop. Her classes are a big hit. And she loves this new dimension to her life. What makes a good teacher? A good teacher inspires. They make a complicated process simple. They understand each student is unique, and moves at their own speed. There is no good or bad… just improvement How do you help first time teachers? We give new teachers the tools to get started. We help them find students and structure their classes. How has the Pandemic changed your business? Summer used to be a quiet time for Sai Kung as many expat returned to their countries for long holidays. Now summer is busy, and we have many summer camps going on here. What’s in it for the students? Ensemble Coworking Space is a relaxed and
What do you love about Sai Kung? Most of the people called Sai Kung is Hong Kong’s back garden… people love Sai Kung for its scenery; its mountains, the sea and the fresh air. I love Sai Kung because of its people - it’s a place where west meets the east, where the big corporate CEO lives in a village where the locals live. People who live in Sai Kung have a more “relaxed” lifestyle, and things are less “formal” here and you know who your neighbors are, their kids name, helper’s name and dog’s name. Not often I see people come to my studio with high heels or expensive handbags. How can people get in touch with you? We have a physical location. Our studio is at the waterfront inside the Organic Warehouse shop, 112 Man Nin Street. It opens daily 9:30-7:30. We can also be reached by email: email@example.com
Situated in Sai Kung town center, at the waterfront, Ensemble Co-Creating Space provides a place for rental and for likeminded creative souls to share their passion for crafting, cooking, sewing and caring for the earth. For more information visit: ensemblecocreatingspace.com
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WM Hotel Restaurant Reviewed Peter Wood dons his Hedda Hopper disguise to check out brunch at the new WM Hotel. Earlier in August, the opening of the rather swanky WH Hotel caused a ripple of excitement in the Sai Kung community. I snuck down there for Saturday brunch with three friends to check out that F&B ocean view exposure. First impressions were good. The hotel snakes organically along the Sai Kung shoreline – a shining example of how contemporary design can blend into our landscape. I had chatted earlier in the month to designer Henry Chau of Aedas. He said; “The overall building form is actually driven by the scenic view of the Sai Kung seaview.” The three interconnected V-shaped hotel blocks also greatly increase the number of sea-facing hotel rooms. Apparently they are mostly booked out until January. So, well done Henry. The WM certainly looks great. The lobby allows one to breathe in the nearby sea air. The rooftop infinity pool surely must be the best in Hong Kong as it hugs the building. Windows pop with seamless views of the sea and the Sai Kung hills. You can see why it’s already a hit with city folk. Sadly, the only restaurant open was
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situated in the basement with a bland view of an empty rotunda. The beige décor, beige menu and beige roast lamb was also uninspiring. Perhaps it will be better after they get their liquor license. An art installation of wine bottles (for what other purpose did it pose?) teased us throughout our alcohol free meal. The service was haphazard. But perhaps that is just because the team is new. Our 2 vegetarians had to explain that
prosciutto and shrimp were not vegetarian. Overall the ambience is very hotel breakfast and doesn’t deliver on the funky promise of the building. What the WM needs is an executive chef to make the restaurant a “go to” venue. Contemporary all day dim sum, such as Lung King Heen at the Four Seasons, or Dim Sum Library in Pacific Place spring to mind.
Dining News Singaling gets its liquor licence back Sing, Sai Kung’s most popular restaurateur*, said he got his liquor licence back Tuesday (31/8). Singaling, which he runs with partner Wai-ling, is now fully back in business. This is good news for imbibers in town because Singaling offers the best drinks deal Monday through Thursday – two for the price of one. Sing says “Come on down”. The liquor licence was lost temporarily because of a bureaucratic mix up. *Readers of Sai Kung Magazine voted Sing the town’s most popular restaurateur several times. It’s because Sing makes an effort to remember everyone’s name and treats all of us as friends and you know he’s genuine. Po Tung Rd, Sai Kung. singalings.com
Sustainable Microgreens Tiny acres is a joint venture between 2 Sai Kung families growing Microgreens sustainably. The initial idea behind the business was hatched during the Covid lockdown to teach our children where food came from, and what was required to grow vegetables. With space at a premium in Hong Kong we had to think small, and came across Microgreens. As the name suggests they are small, but boy do they pack a bunch! Microgreens are packed with up to 40 times more nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants than their mature plant, not that we tell our kids. Our crops are grown in a climate controlled environment, free of pesticides and chemicals. They are a fun and exciting way to spruce up salads, sandwiches and soups, or you can even add them to smoothies.
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Kids classes near you We round up the best classes for kids in Sai Kung
every Saturday. Ages 3+. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org WhatsApp: 6117 9080
an instructor. One-on-one lessons are available or join lessons in Sai Kung Town Centre every Sunday 3pm to 6pm. Enquiry 9467-7787, email@example.com
Mango Swimming Club Ready to take the plunge? Mango regularly hold swimming, triathlon and cycling courses to help get kids and teens in shape, while also making
CLASSES Mindful Wing Chun Help your child channel their inner Ip Man with Mindful Wing Chun for kids. Wing Chun is a style of Kung Fu that is not only fun, but helps kids build respect, self-confidence, and focus. Studies have shown it also improves grades! They have classes in the Sai Kung Playground
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Jesse Chow Taekwondo & Hapkido Let your child learn TKD from a master. Kukkiwon accredited and 6th Dan black belt, Jesse Chow has over 20 years experience as
kids classes friends and becoming part of a team. They offer group and private swimming lessons for kids aged four and above, and to swimmers of all ability levels. For teenagers, weekly training sessions work on technique, with a splash of healthy competition too. fotop.net/mango
Flipping Kids Combining gymnastics and parkour, Flipping Kids offers dynamic, fun and physical classes for children aged three and above (for gymnastics, the youngest are 18 months). Available seven days a week, programmes offer a pathway from beginner all the way up to advanced; whether on beam, floor, bar, vault or simply traversing the world around them, your kids will soon be flipping out for gymnastics in Sai Kung. flippingkids.com
Sai Kung Bulldogs Football Club The Bulldogs are just as tenacious and devoted as their four-legged namesake. The club’s philosophy is all about helping develop happy, healthy and confident players in a safe, welcoming and multicultural environment. Members learn discipline, teamwork and tolerance, while also getting fit and competing together as a group. Training is on Saturdays (10-17-year olds) and Sundays (2-4 & 5-9-year olds), kicking off this Autumn at the Sai Kung Wai Man Road Playground. saikungbulldogs.com
Wellness Performance Clinic Former boxing and jiu-jitsu champion Andrew Wong Kee has assembled a team of fighters, sports stars and health experts for the CNS (Central Nervous System) gymnasium and Wellness Performance Clinic in Sai Kung. Available on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school, the Teen Boxing class is specially designed for 12-17-year olds and is a great way to burn energy, release stress and develop self-confidence. firstname.lastname@example.org
WORKSHOPS Inner Rainbow Mindfulness
EdStart Sports & Coaching The beginners gymnastics programme from EdStart is an ideal way for children to start their love of the sport. Coaches start by building body strength and flexibility before moving on to more advanced skills. With a wide selection of other after school sports clubs available, as well as a new range of health and fitness programmes, EdStart will get your kids and teens moving in no time. email@example.com
Held on Mondays and Tuesdays, workshops at the Mindfulness & Wellbeing Club focus on developing inner peace for young people in Sai Kung. Open to kids and teens, sessions help build self-confidence, self-awareness and stress management techniques through a combination of breathing exercises, meditation, movement, discussion, drawing, acting, learning and play. The goal is to have fun and learn to live a fuller, happier life with mindfulness. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bricks 4 Kidz Bricks 4 Kidz after school classes deliver high-quality, educational play using LEGO. Kids assemble a new model each week, based around themes such as space travel, sports, amusement parks and animals. They can also
get a better understanding of technical design, by learning about gears, torque and friction. For the little engineers in your family, this class offers the building blocks of a bright future. bricks4kidz.com.hk/saikung/
Sunshine House Located in Clearwater Bay, the Sunshine House International Pre-school is running a series of extracurricular activities for kids aged 12 months – six years old. This schedule
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ACADEMIC Sai Kung Tutors Available for home visits or at their learning centre above Honeymoon Dessert, classes from Sai Kung Tutors cover everything from maths and music, to Cantonese, robotics and drums. Primary, secondary and IB/HSC/ALevel students can develop their knowledge,
includes everything from phonics, language and literacy, to music, storytelling and drama. For toddlers with energy to burn, there’s a Saturday playgroup or football with the Vikings; there’s even a cooking class for little ones with a creative streak. sunshinehouse.hk
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confidence and passion for their subject, with tutors who are supportive and positive in their approach. saikungtutors.com
Mr. Wong the Maths Tutor Do you have primary or secondary school students at home preparing for their SAT, ACT or school entrance exams? Maybe you’d like to brush up on your own maths skills to crunch the numbers at work? Mr. Wong is a maths
tutor with 15 years of experience and a long list of satisfied customers. Familiar with a range of curricula, his classes help make complicated ideas and subjects seem more simple. email@example.com
PERFORMANCE ART Southern School of Dance Covering everything from ballet and tap to hiphop, funk and contemporary, Southern School of Dance is a fantastic place for kids and teens to develop their skills, gain qualifications or simply let loose and explore their love of dance. Classes are available in person or via Zoom and follow the Royal Academy of Dance syllabi, so students can enter RAD and ISTD exams. southernschoolofdance.com.hk
Move Studio The Island Glee Club from the Move Studio helps teens find their voice and be inspired. Led by highly experienced professional instructors, classes work on singing and movement, infused
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cover story with a range of skills that are fundamental to performance arts. With mini, junior, intermediate and senior groups now open, The Island Glee Club has something for everyone. movestudiohk.com
Faust International Youth Theatre Available from Monday to Friday and Saturdays from now until December, drama workshops with Faust are a wonderful way to expand children’s confidence and fire their imagination. Kids from three to 18 years of age are welcome, and will explore drama in its wider social and cultural context in a friendly group environment. info@FaustWorld.com
Kids Playhouse Located in Papillons Square, the Stage Right Drama Class at Kids Playhouse Tseung Kwan O is a fun and educational after school activity for kids with a taste for the theatrical. With classes held on Tuesdays and Saturdays through October and November, the school teaches theatre fundamentals, nurturing the confidence of extroverts while also empowering the introverted to become more self-assured. kidsplayhouse.com.hk
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CREATIVE Anastassia’s Art House Sai Kung’s multi-award-winning Russian art academy has just announced the opening of its Autumn term, and invites all young art lovers to explore the world of fine arts. With facilities in Sai Kung and Clearwater Bay, classes are centred on creative play, teaching basic painting and media techniques, along with drawing and sketching, sculpture, portraiture, human anatomy and movement studies. arthouse-hk.com
Arty Tomato Miss Fiona, the founder of Arty Tomato, believes that every child is an artist. Classes teach kids to appreciate their creativity, while also nurturing their individuality and developing a range of
creative skills through in-depth projects. The classroom is usually filled with fun and laughter, as learners push their imagination to the limit. Discounts are available if you invite a friend along. facebook.com/missartytomato/
Indigo Music Studio Can’t choose what instrument to focus on? This class provides an introduction to four instruments, so kids can see what sparks their interests. Choose from piano, violin, flute, saxophone, vocals, guitar, bass, ukulele and drums. Founded in 2018, Indigo’s team of instructors are Sai Kung locals with bags of experience. They will have your little ones hitting the high notes in no time. facebook.com/indigomusiclessonsaikung
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LITTLIES Little Movers Running from September to December, Little Movers classes in Clearwater Bay are a superb way to let your little ones burn off some excess energy this Autumn. With a mix of dance and yoga, sessions incorporate social skills such as sharing, patience, teamwork and encouragement for others. All kids aged from two to six are welcome, with classes available at 4pm and 5pm. firstname.lastname@example.org
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THE GREAT OUTDOORS Clearwater Bay Equestrian Centre The Clearwater Bay Equestrian Centre in Lobster Bay caters to all riding interests and levels; casual riders, racers, jumpers and children of all ages are welcome. From lead-rein to advanced coaching, camps and stable management lessons teach students the basics of equestrian care, while also encouraging them to develop a bond with horses, be more responsible and explore the great outdoors. ceec.hk/riding
Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course The Junior Development Programme focuses on building the fundamentals first: Grip, Aim, Set-Up and Posture (GASP) in a fun and relaxing environment. With four progressive stages and a maximum of five students per session, junior classes offer professional and certified guidance in every aspect of the game, giving kids the tools they need to spark a lifelong love of the sport. kscgolf.org.hk
Jingle Jangle Music & Movement Class Babies and toddlers in Sai Kung are in for a treat, with music and movement classes that support all areas of child development. Education songs help the little ones learn about body parts, animals, colours and directions, while fun and interactive activities help them develop their motor skills, literacy and social interaction. With colour, kindness and a carnival atmosphere, Jingle Jangle provides learning with a smile. email@example.com
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Meet the Leung family in Tseung Kwan O
Hades second birthday party
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Ming and Rebacca have always loved the city for its dynamic energy. A few years ago, they decided to settle down and start a family in the city they grew up in. Named after a dear family friend, Hades was born in 2019 and is two years old. He is currently attending playgroups during the weekends, where he would interact with other children his age. Above all, Ming and Rebacca want Hades to have a happy and fulfilling childhood. They have begun to search for a school that is suitable for their firstborn. “We would like him to find a school where he could make a lot of friends and learn happily – a school that supports students to explore the world and inspire them to be the best version of themselves,” says Ming. Currently working as a Legal Executive Manager, Ming describes himself as a typical man in Hong Kong who enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his family on weekends. Meanwhile, Rebacca was a restaurant owner who enjoyed being a boss and making her own decisions. After Hades came into the couple’s life, however, she gained a new Family fun at Stage Right! Theatre
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family perspective. “Anyone could be a boss but only one person in the world can be Hades’s mum,” she says. She decided that she didn’t want to miss any milestones in Hades’ life. So, she gave up being a businesswoman and became a full-time mum. “As a husband and father, I truly appreciate her sacrifices for the family. I don’t think I could do it myself,” comments Ming, whose admiration for his wife radiates. As parents, the couple only hopes for the best for their child. “We want our son to be healthy, happy and grow into a kind, loving
and responsible person who would give back to society,” says Ming. “We do not want to put too much pressure on Hades. We would like him to have a happy childhood and we will try our best to support him in exploring all the options until he finds his passion.” When asked what he thinks Hong Kong will look like when Hades is 22 years old, Ming says: “I don’t really know what Hong Kong will look like when Hades is 22 years old. I don’t really know what Hong Kong will look like when Hades is five years old. As human beings, there’s not much we can control. For me, I will just do my best every day and treasure what I have.”
Hades having fun in the ball pit at Stage Right! Theatre
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Meet the Sai Kung residents having a tee-rific time on the gold course
Sai Kung resident Polly McGovern has launched Fore Women, a local initiative to introduce more women to golf, one clinic at a time. “I took up golf four years ago when my children started lessons and soon realised that there was a big gap in the market,” says Polly, who now has an impressive handicap of 24. “ I couldn’t find any other women to play golf with! Women and girls are hugely underrepresented in Hong Kong and the potential for growth is enormous.” Fore Women currently has over 70 members. It costs HK$1,000 a year to join and
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has weekly and monthly meets in different courses and practice venues around Hong Kong. “We welcome novice and seasoned players into an accessible and approachable arena. We had 70 players sign up in one week and there are so many more women out there who want to play golf. Most just don’t know how to do it in Hong Kong.” Fore Women is a signatory to the R&A Women in Golf Charter, a global movement to foster a more inclusive culture within golf around the world and enable more women and girls to play the sport. Through on-course play, tournaments and structured clinics, Fore Women is providing a social, fun and welcoming
environment in which to learn and develop. Polly, a video director and media professional, is well known for her work championing the rights of Hong Kong refugees. “We’re on a mission to change the way women perceive golf in Hong Kong. We want to grow the game through passion,” says Polly. For more information about FORE WOMEN Golf Society, please go to: fore-forewomenregistration.golfgenius.com
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Set them free
The Buddhists who release Sai Kung’s seafood. Among the thousands of visitors who come to Sai Kung for the seafood, one group stands apart. Most Tuesdays for the past 18 years, Ms Tam and her friends have bought fish and crustacea from the waterfront restaurants not to eat, but to set them free.
Why do you free the fish? Ms T: “Life release” is a Buddhist tradition to save animals that are destined to be killed. It’s the gift of life. Many people believe it provides health benefits; releasing a fish into the sea provides the liberator with a sense of peace and joy because they can sense the creature’s happiness. How do you practice this in Sai Kung? Ms T: We have a regular boatman who gets sea creatures from a wholesaler and places them in tanks on board his boat. Wethen go out to sea to find suitable areas where the creatures can be released. This is important because different fish and crustaceans require different habitats. There is no point giving a creature its freedom if it is going to die because it has been released into a hostile environment.Until last year we worried commercial fishing trawlers would catch creatures we released but now there is a ban on trawling in Hong Kong waters. What kind of creatures do you release? Ms T: It depends on the season and what creatures are available, but we release many kinds of fish, crabs, squid, starfish and sea cucumber.
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How much does it cost? Ms T: As a group we pool our resources – we practice life release often and seafood is expensive – we spend about $1000 to $2,000 on each occasion.
Ask a vet
Dr Pauline Taylor answers your questions on fleas and flea prevention What are some signs I should look for if my pet has fleas? If your dog appears restless and seems to be shaking its head and scratching a lot especially using their hind legs to scratch along their abdomen, fleas should be considered. They are blood sucking parasites that carry and pass on diseases and irritate in the process. One adult flea can produce around 2000 eggs that can, in the right environmental conditions, hatch to produce flea larva. These eggs or larva hide in waiting for a warm blooded host e.g. your dog to come along and within a short time of this hatch to produce a hungry flea.
Are there certain locations or seasons where my pet is more prone to picking them up? Flea eggs tend to lie dormant in darker areas, in your home under sofas or tables where there isn’t a lot of movement or traffic. Outdoors where your pet lies a lot, and when the environmental conditions are right for the eggs to hatch. Many different species of flea exist but in general dog fleas prefer dogs and cat fleas prefer cats. They prefer animal hosts but will resort to biting people when animals are unavailable. In Hong Kong we should expect fleas most months of the year.
What are some of the ways I can prevent my pet from getting fleas? Prevention is important and involves measures in/on your dog and its environment. You must attempt to break the life cycle of the flea and different anti flea products attack this at different places. This can be achieved by 1. Regular in-home cleaning especially under tables and chairs and on carpets. In-home infestation pest control companies can be employed to spray your home using pet friendly products. 2. Treating your pet. Many anti flea products exist nowadays and it’s a good idea to discuss which one is best for your pet with its vet. Flea shampoos, washes, spotton type on products to the skin and even yummy treats now exist laced with flea killing
parasiticides. They usually need to be given monthly all year round.
What are some of the negative side effects of having fleas? Many dogs are allergic to flea bites, which can cause intense scratching, red and flaky skin, scabs, hot spots, and hair loss. Fleas can also transport tapeworms and cause anaemia. They really are not pleasant but as they have been around for thousands of years fleas do know how to survive the odds. Good luck keeping them at bay!
Dr Pauline Taylor, Pets Central veterinarian.
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Alcoholics Anonymous 90736922 aa-intergroup.org
Ensemble Co-Creating Space 6725 2321
Professionals Wills Limited 25619031
The Hive Sai Kung 2780 5844
Biocycle - fighting pests with safe & ecological products 35752575 biocycle.com.hk
ADULT CLASSES Be Candle - Candle Making Workshops 84817684 Composting workshops email@example.com Cantonese Classes 60366275 Marbling & Other Arts n Crafts 98342365 Majong Lessons 64411227
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China Light & Power Emergency 21608585
PLACES OF WORSHIP
The Arts Factory - language and performing arts 68947555
Gas leaks emergency hotline 24354511
Haven of Hope Christian Service 27019019
Ballroom Bees - dance program for boys & girls 56817673
Sai Kung Police HQ - 24/Hr Report Room 36611630
Beat Street Dance & Fitness - for adults and kids 98586487
Sai Kung Marine Police 36611718
Resurrection Church 23583232 resurrection.org.hk
Drew's Workshop - woodworking for kids 63456965
Tae Kwon Do for kids & teens 94677787
Sai Kung Pentecostal Holinesss Church 90395039 Sai Kung Pentecostal Baptist Church 27923918
Sai Kung District Council 37405200 districtcouncils.gov.hk/sk/english
Drum lessons for kids & adults 55085027
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Club Marina Cove 27196622
Cantonese lessons, Mandarin lessons 64411227
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Stage Right Youth Theatre WA 92258924
Water Fault Reports 28110788
Anastasias Art House - Russian Art Academy 27195533
Water Supplies Department 28245000
Tung Tai Key Cut - ocksmith and key cutter 63235232
Mushroom Bakery - friendly neighbourhood baker 27926826
New Technology Mobile Phone - phone repair 24072377
OKAY Property Agency Limited - expert real estate services 21020888 okay.com
Ali-Oli Bakery - quality western cakes, delicatessen 27922655 alioli.com.hk
Eco Living - air purification 27927998P
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Nail House 27198718
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Coffee Academics - speciality coffee & brunch 28822902 the-coffeeacademics.com
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The Bottleshop 27911600
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Chip In Fish & Chips 97615091 www.chipin.com.hk
Pets Central - Sai Kung's number one, 24 hr vet 27920833 pets-central.com
Pepperoni's 27911738 casteloconcepts.com/our-venues
Hong Kong Dog Rescue hongkongdogrescue.com
Takka Fusion 27922202 / 27922223
Lost dog? Sai Kung Stray Friends 91992340 saikungstrayfriends.com
Sawasdee Thai 27910522
Homevet 98605522 homevet.com.hk Ferndale Kennels & Cattery - pet Hotel, pet relocation 27924642
Burger Deli 36899052 Padstow 23355515 www.padstow.hk
Creature Comforts Veterinary Clinic 9773 0372 creaturecomforts.com.hk
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Capoeira Beach Acrobatics 68460787
Sai Kung Serviced Apartments 2407 6161 saikungservicedapartment.com
Hebe Haven Yacht Club 27197931 Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy 67702726
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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Kids 95748523
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Mills International Preschool 27176336 millsinternational.edu.hk Malvern College Hong Kong 38984688 malverncollege.org.hk Australian International School 23046078 aishk.edu.hk Creative Secondary School 23360233 css.edu.hk ESF Clearwater Bay School 23583221 cwbs.edu.hk Kellett School 31200700 kellettschool.com Hong Kong Academy 26551118 hkacademy.edu.hk Hong Kong Adventist Academy 26230431 / 37270291. hkaa.edu.hk Hong Kong International School 31497246 hkis.edu.hk Renaissance College 35563556 rchk.edu.hk Sai Kung Montessori 53698587 saikungmontessori.com SKIP (Sai Kung Pre-school Group) 27917354 skip.edu.hk Shrewsbury International School 24801500 shrewsbury.edu.hk Sunshine House International Pre-Schools 23583803 sunshinehouse.com.hk
Horizon Suites 3157 8888
Sally G Fitness - pilates, boxing and dance 95290477
Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy Management Company Limited 31878900
Sai Kung Tutors - group lesson for beginners 53214400
Rugby Tots www.rugbytots.hk
Woodland Pre-Schools 28130290 woodlandschools.com
Maths Club - maths programs for Y5-Y11 56446410
Sai Kung Stringrays www.skstingrays.com
Delia School of Canada dsc.edu.hk
Easy English For Kids 61144219
Sai Kung Bulldogs Football - trails this month 90851886
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Peter Wood talks Sai Kung
sai kung Honestly, sometimes I think we Hongkongers are living in a Covid pantomime. “Oh yes, they will!” yells the Beta variant from the stage. “Oh no they won’t!” prompts the Delta variant from the wings. These travel bubbles open and close faster than a…well, you get the idea. I keep pinching myself. After the grinding lockdowns of the last 18 months, things seemed, for a fleeting moment, to be on the up. Everyone I know is double-jabbed, they’re all desperate to travel. Like so many of us immigrants (I hate the word “expat”— thanks Nicole) this pandemic has prevented me from visiting my family for nearly 2 years. My mum is 84, so for her it’s tick tock. Now I recently heard that prominent microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung said Hong Kong should maintain its zero-Covid strategy for the time being, while suggesting herd immunity is no longer achievable with the emergence of the Delta variant. I never know what to believe these days. I mean, we’ve been told that herd immunity could be achieved if 70 percent of a population were vaccinated with BioNTech jabs which have an efficacy rate of 95 percent. But the researchers now say the threshold had increased to 97.4 percent. RTHK worked out that taking into account the use of Sinovac jabs which have a lower efficacy rate, the vaccination rate needed for herd immunity would be an—err—unachievable 142.9 percent. Grrr… Whilst I’m on the topic of herd immunity and Sinovac, my family, most of whom live in Zimbabwe, a country that’ll remain in the red zone for some time yet, have all been double vaxxed with Sinovac or Sinopharm. It was the only choice (other than Ivermectin which is not FDA approved, but will keep them worm free for years to come) and the impoverished country jumped at the opportunity. Sinovac hasn’t gone down too well in many places. In the Philippines, President Duterte actually apologised for being vaccinated with the unapproved Sinopharm. And the SinoVac efficacy has sparked riots in Thailand, Indonesia and Peru, whilst countries like Chile, Bahrain, Mongolia, and the Seychelles are finding out that the Chinese vaccine is a lame duck against the Delta variant. Of course, Sinovac was never meant to prevent contagion – and true to form, my mum, my brother, his wife, my nephew, his wife, my cousin, her husband and my brother-in-law all went down with Covid. And we aren’t exactly a feely-touchy family. Oh, there were plenty more, including an entire wedding party for a distant cousin, but I’m restricted to 600 words. Thankfully, everyone survived, but all agreed that this was no flu, leaving them absolutely shattered. My point is, despite the lower efficacy of Sinovac, it kept them out of hospital and alive. Most deaths in Zimbabwe (and there have been many) are those who haven’t had the jab. Food for thought? I wonder if infecting an entire population will
ironically reach that illusive herd immunity? In recent studies, an Israeli health centre found that doublejabbed, previously uninfected people are 13 times as likely to get Covid compared with the naturally immune. This statement sounds pretty dangerous but it does beg the question over vaccinating children; perhaps it is better to simply allow them to be infected on the grounds they’re highly unlikely to come to serious harm but are more likely to gain lasting immunity from the disease that way. To quote one anti-vaxxer brainchild: “But the vaccine doesn’t even guarantee you won’t get sick, it really only stops you from dying.” Not dying sounds pretty damn spectacular, to me. Anyway, since were are on the topic of pestilence and plague: do you think Covid has brought us closer together? I’m way too old, or remotely interested to make use of dating apps *ahem* but I’m reliably informed that the dating app industry has proliferated during our confinement. If statistics are to be believed, virtual dates—a modern take on safe sex— have increased by 30% in the UK in the earlier part the year. As one British lonely heart so eloquently put it; “This year has brought us closer together, there is no time-wasting as well. We had a lot of fun and are having a lot of fun still. There is no bullshit – maybe that is just the way it worked out with us but there does not seem to be the normal dating bullshit, which is nice.” You go girl!
Writer, podcaster and Sai Kung resident, Peter Wood
Wood landed in Hong Kong in 1993. He worked as a photographer for the Eastern Express newspaper and for AFP. His first book, a memoir, Mud Between Your Toes, is available. Listen here: mudbetweenyourtoes.podbean.com
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