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33 PEOPLE 6 Snapped! Sai Kung’s social life. THE PLANNER 8 Happening in November Things to do, places to go, people to see. five minutes with... 14 Ben Costello ESF’s girls-only soccer coach. ON PATROL 16 Burglars hijack CCTV The new burglary MO. NEWS Sai Kung Magazine celebrates its 50th issue.
17 What’s going on? The latest from the Kungdom.
LOCAL 20 Hoo-ha in Hoi Ha Campaigning to save the village from development. INTERVIEW 22 Best of… Memorable quotes from our first 50 issues. VINES IN SAI KUNG 24 To the barricades The fight for the country parks and other puzzles. charity focus 26 Movember Can you grow a mo, bro? FEATURE 28 50 reasons to love Sai Kung We count the ways.
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big day out
34 Online shopping guide Click and spend. EATING
46 Route Twisk All the way to the roof of Hong Kong. sport
36 Seafood Sai Kung’s best fish dishes. Plus Thanksgiving news and other nibbles. EDUCATION 40 Kowloon’s new schools Inside Kellett’s new campus. Plus applications open for Nord Anglia International School. FAMILY 44 Apps we like Hong Kong apps that make life better.
48 Ray Sting on festivals The do’s and don’ts of mini-rugby tournaments. HEALTH & BEAUTY 52 Anna lets rip How a bodybuilder got into award-winning shape. PETS
MARKETPLACE 59 Your guide to shops and services Cool stuff to buy and do. CLASSIFIEDS 66 Loads of random useful local stuff. ULTIMATE GUIDE 68 All you need to know Numbers that make life easier. The HISTORY Man 70 Who was Hiram? Bill Lake finds the facts.
54 Walkies! 10 years of the Peak to Fong dog walk. CREATURE FEATURE 57 Eurasian wild pig The facts.
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Nov 10 Sand Sculpture Competition
Grab a bucket and spade and head down to this sandcastle-building event on Clearwater Bay Second Beach to pick up some tips from the professionals. 10am-2pm. Entries closed.
Nov 1 Pools close
Nov 3 Sasa Ladies’ Purse Day
Sai Kung public pool closes for winter; Tseung Kwan O main pool remains open.
Can’t make it to the Melbourne Cup? Grab your girls and get glammed up for a day at the races. Noon-6pm, Sha Tin Racecourse.
Nov 1-2 Craft and Designer Sales Designers on Friday, crafts on Saturday. Look for everything from handmade ceramics to kids clothing. Sascha Camille Howard Artist Studio, Lot 787 Po Tung Road, Sai Kung, 9254 8803, www.saschahoward.com.
Nov 7-9 International Wine and Spirits Fair Sample wine and spirits, beer and other alcoholic beverages, and learn about wine production, education, logistics and services. Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai, www.hktdc.com.
Barbecue, buffet, cocktails, music and more. From 8pm, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Kellett Island, Causeway Bay. Tickets and details from email@example.com.
Hong Kong on a plate: wine, food, live music and entertainment against the city’s sparkling skyline. Central Harbourfront (near piers 9 and 10), www.discoverhongkong.com.
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Place your bets! 10.30am-6pm, Happy Valley Racecourse. Tickets $850-$1,290, including drinks, canapes, three-course lunch and entertainment, from the Australian Association at www.ozhongkong.com.
Nov 3 Diwali Festival
Nov 2 Spanish Women’s Association Annual Party
Until Nov 3 Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival
Nov 5 Melbourne Cup
Nov 4 Matchbox Twenty Live in Hong Kong Touring Asia for the first time. Star Hall, KITEC, Kowloon Bay. Tickets $788 from www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288.
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happening in november Nov 7 Sai Kung Sampler The local monthly market is on the move. A venue was still being organised at press time – check out the Sai Kung Marketplace Facebook page for details.
Nov 7 Agua Plus Quiz Night
Nov 15-16 Wine HK
Teams of six test the grey matter. 8pm, 72 Po Tung Road, Sai Kung, 2791 2030.
Hong Kong's first large-scale wine event just for you, the consumers. More than 560 wines will be available at 60-plus booths – just don’t try to taste them all. Tickets $150-$250 from www.winehkasia.com.
Nov 7-9 The Wizard of Oz Join the children and parents of Yew Chung International School for this trip down the Yellow Brick Road. Tickets $120 from email@example.com. 7pm, YCIS, 3 To Fuk Road, Kowloon Tong, 2339 6994.
Nov 16-17 Arts in the Park Mardi Gras The annual Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation festival packs them in for a weekend of live performances. 10am-5pm. Parade of giant puppets at 3pm, Nov 17. Central Lawn, Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, www.hkyaf.com
Nov 9 Moonwalker Thousands of walkers link arms for the annual overnight charity hike from Sha Tin Sports Ground to Plover Cove Reservoir in aid of ORBIS, a charity performing life-changing eye operations. 10pm-7.30am, www.orbismoonwalkers.org.
NOV 13, 27 Quiz Nights Testing times at Hebe One O One. 8.30pm, 112 Pak Sha Wan, 2335 5515.
Nov 16 Steelcase Dragon Run
Nov 17 Peak to Fong
Surfskis and outriggers take to the water for the 13th annual 24km race from Clearwater Bay to Stanley Sea School. This year stand-up paddleboarders join the competition for a 5km short course. Details at www.thedragonrun.com.hk.
Walkies for dogs and their owners from the Peak Galleria to Lan Kwai Fong, followed by an afternoon of doggy frivolity in aid of Hong Kong Dog Rescue. From 11am. Tickets $220 (children $180) from www.hongkongdogrescue.com.
Nov 16 Sai Kung Saturday Hash Join the local hash on its monthly hare around Sai Kung, sites.google.com/saikungsaturdayh3/ calendar, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov 15 Oxfam Trailwalker The seriously fit take to the hills for this annual race along the 100km MacLehose Trail. Applications closed but make a donation at www.oxfamtrailwalker.org.hk.
Until Nov 16 Marco Polo Oktoberfest Lederhosen, beer steins and oompah bands. L6, Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tickets from www.hkticketing.com.
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happening in november
Nov 17 Stanley Carnival
Nov 23 Race with Pink Heels
Old-fashioned games, live entertainment, food, shopping and prizes in aid of Christina Noble Children’s Foundation. 11am-6pm, Hong Kong Sea School, 13-15 Tung Tau Wan Road, Stanley. Tickets $100-$250 from email@example.com.
Nov 22-23 Alicia Keys Live in Macau Now playing two nights. The Venetian Theatre, Venetian Macau. Tickets from $480-$1580 from www.cotaiticketing.com.
Nov 23-24 Lan Kwai Fong Festival Mardi Gras in the Fong. 1pm-late. Lan Kwai Fong, www.discoverhongkong.com.
Strap on your pink heels, boys and girls, for this annual race in aid of breast cancer awareness. Dress to impress. 2pm-6pm, Stanley Main Street, 2117 1011, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov 28 Thanksgiving Turkey time, USA.
Nov 29-Dec 1 Clockenflap Festival Franz Ferdinand and Chic headline Hong Kong’s funkiest festival, with seven music stages plus art, film, cabaret and a silent disco on the grass at West Kowloon Cultural District. Tickets $440-$3,800 from www.clockenflap.com.
Nov 29-Dec 8 Sleeping Beauty Pantomime Wakey wakey! It’s panto time and audience participation is mandatory (oh yes, it is). Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai. Tickets from www.hongkongplayers.com.
Nov 23 Lamma Fun Day One of the most chilled and fun days of the year, with live music, market stalls, food, booze, beach volleyball and a charity auction. Tai Wan To Beach, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, www.facebook.com/LammaFunDay.
Book now Dec 1 Aussie Christmas Lunch The Australian Association’s annual Chrissie lunch. $700 (members $550). Noon-3pm, Q Deck, Fleet Arcade, Fenwick Pier, 1 Lung King Street, Wan Chai, email@example.com.
Dec 7, Jan 25 Winter Garage Sale People travel across Hong Kong to rummage for pre-loved goodies at this sale which is now so popular that a second date has been added. Book a table with Jean on 9045 5942. 9.30am-3pm, LG3 Car Park at Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Clearwater Bay.
Dec 7 Operation Santa Claus Christmas Quiz Sai Kung’s favourite annual quiz with a cause returns with all your favourite rounds – Call My Bluff, movie clips, music and more – plus great prizes and a slap-up dinner. Don’t miss it! Proceeds to Operation Santa Claus. The Garden Bar, Hebe Haven Yacht Club, Pak Sha Wan. Tickets $400 from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec 12-15 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Faust International Youth Theatre goes to Narnia. Drama Theatre, HKAPA, Wan Chai. Tickets $220-$270 from www.hkticketing.com.
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all the fun of the fairs
Nov 2 Hong Lok Yuen International School
Nov 30 German Swiss International School
The annual Fiesta of Cultures will have about 70 commercial vendors, performances by the school choir, a jazz band, talent show, refreshments and games for all ages. 10.30am-4pm, 3 Twentieth Street, Hong Lok Yuen, 2658 6935.
Experience a German-style fair, complete with giant tree, gifts, charity cards, games and the requisite beers and sparkling wine to get you in the mood. From 10am, 11 Guildford Road, The Peak, 2849 6216.
Nov 7 AWA Charity Bazaar Shop till you drop at the American Women’s Association flagship fundraising event. More than 100 vendors offer some serious Christmas shopping. Head to the third-floor terrace for a refreshing glass of bubbly and some homemade cake. 3/F-5/F, Happy Valley Stand, Hong Kong Jockey Club Racecourse, email@example.com.
Nov 11, 26, Dec 2, 10 Conrad Fairs The grandes dames of Christmas fairs are so popular that stalls can be three or four people deep at times. Pick up gifts including toys, accessories, antique silverware and semiprecious jewellery, as well as festive food and drink. Grand Ballroom, The Conrad Hotel, Admiralty, www.prestigefairs.hk.
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Nov 16 Sha Tin Junior School and Sha Tin College
Nov 30 Renaissance College
Saddle up for the Wild West Fair, which promises more games, refreshments, entertainment and commercial stalls than ever before. Yee-hah! Noon-6pm. 3 Lai Wo Lane, Fo Tan, Sha Tin, 2699 1811.
Themed “Sport & Fitness”, all three sections of RCHK join forces for a large fair with commercial and second-hand stalls, inflatable games, international food court and live entertainment. 10am-4pm, 5 Hang Ming Street, Ma On Shan, 3556 3556.
Nov 30 Clearwater Bay School
Dec 1 Italian Women’s Association
Always a fun event, the Starry Starry Night Fair is being held after dark this year, so there’s a slim chance you might catch sight of a real constellation or two. As well as commercial stalls (look for the cute onesies), there will be games, arts and crafts, live performances, a glamour booth, cakes, barbecue and a bar to keep dads happy. 4pm-8pm, Clearwater Bay Road, 2358 3221.
Feast on delicious Italian food and pick up a bargain or two at this annual fundraiser in aid of the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital. The Il Mercatino bazaar features products donated by Italian sponsors while Le Grazie restaurant serves authentic dishes made by the Italian community. Entrance $20; bring your own bag. 10am-5pm, Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital, 12 Sandy Bay Road, Pok Fu Lam.
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here in your comebackyard the girls
Ben Costello The soccer coach kicks off Sai Kung’s first girls-only team, ESF Lions, writes Cherrie Yu. My passion for soccer began as a child. As I grew older my interest in all aspects of the sport grew with me. Now I get to work within the sport teaching the next generation of young footballers – and have a great time doing it.
Teaching is mostly identical for boys and girls. We notice that as players get older, the boys tend to rely more on their aggression, whereas the girls tend to prefer to make best use of their skill progression. But they remain equal as footballers. We are still looking for female players to join our after-school and Sunday classes in Sai Kung. This season we will focus on developing teamwork and key skills before entering friendly tournaments and competitions.
As sports operations manager and a licensed football coach at ESF Educational Services, I took a leading role in the creation of the girlsonly ESF Lions in Sai Kung.
The highlight of a football session is watching the girls and parents take part and seeing the group come together at the end, all smiles, really gives us all a good feeling.
Last academic year we expanded our programme into Sai Kung. During the first season we had a number of girls join our class and there was a desire to see a girls-only element in our football programme.
Big steps are being taken across the world to promote women’s football at grassroots level and professionally. As a father of a young girl, I am excited to see that finally there are opportunities for young female players in the sport.
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Everyone living in Sai Kung knows how special it is. I live in the town and would never live anywhere else in Hong Kong. Coaching soccer here comes with clean air and the firstclass attitude of the kids and families. For details, visit ESF Educational Services at www.esf.org.hk.
caught with cameras
Hi-tech burglars Joe Au-Yeung Tak reveals how housebreakers are using CCTV. Many Sai Kung residents will be aware of last month’s burglary and robbery of two apartments on Chi Fai Path, Sai Kung, which provided useful intelligence about the latest burglary modus operandi. While residents were out exercising In the morning, two Chinese illegal immigrants prised open a glass sliding door on the ground-floor and ransacked their apartment, stealing jewellery and electronic products. Then they entered the (unlocked) apartment on the second floor, where they threatened a helper with a knife, tied her up with adhesive tape and stole her mobile phone, but failed to open a locked door to reach valuables. When the ground-floor residents returned, they immediately called police. Meanwhile, the helper had managed to free herself and met police officers as they responded to the report. Rural Patrol Units quickly located two Chinese men and chased them down a nearby slope. A sergeant tackled one culprit from behind, sending both tumbling down the slope.
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After a fierce struggle the culprit was subdued, but the sergeant was left bleeding. We arranged a large-scale hill sweep, calling in the Government Flying Service, Marine Police and extra manpower from Police Tactical Unit & Emergency Unit, but the other culprit managed to escape. We recovered some stolen property from the backpack of the arrested man, including an unexpected item: a CCTV monitor. It seems technology that usually helps us to prevent
burglary is now a tool aiding burglars. How ironic. From now on, please check any undergrowth facing the main entrance to your home for hidden cameras. If you find one, don’t act too excited, but report it to police – not in front of the camera. We will seal off the area within 100 metres and flush out the burglars. And if you see someone with CCTV cameras or monitors, please report it. They are not watching Prison Break but planning to break into someone’s home and can be charged with carrying equipment for stealing. This information was in the enhanced weekly e-Crime Alert rolled out in September. If you would like to receive the latest information on burglary in Sai Kung, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the circulation list. Joe Au-Yeung Tak is the ADVC OPS for the Hong Kong Police Sai Kung Division.
in your backyard
The fight to Save Our Country Parks More than 350 people attended last month’s Save Our Country Parks forum in Sai Kung Town Hall, which focused on the need to protect village enclaves within the parks from developers. Green groups and indigenous villagers presented a surprisingly united front with both arguing against the development of villages such as Pak Lap, Hoi Ha and Pak Sha O. Paul Zimmerman of Designing Hong Kong made the case for amalgamating the enclaves into the parks and properly compensating villagers for the loss of any ding (small house) rights. And a spokesman for the villagers said, “If we treasure the ding rights, why do they go to non-indigenous villagers? We do not support outside development.” Albert Lai of the Professional Commons quoted the government’s estimate that up to 1,200 small houses may be approved every year. “By 2047, we would need 600 hectares of land,” he said. “The government has reserved 930 hectares… The reserved land is for developers not villagers.” Activist Chu Hoi-dick of the Land Justice League, who once galvanised students against
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The audience carried banners demanding that village land remain private.
the demolition of Star Ferry and Queen’s Pier, said, “The biggest problem is the Small House Policy. We are not being creative enough. Why does it always have to be a three-storey village house with a car park? Then it’s no longer a village. We should be thinking of what the area looked like before, with farming and industries.” But the biggest applause of the meeting was reserved for Mr Li from the Heung Yee Kuk, who suggested it was time the government set up a compensation fund for villagers. “Ten years ago, it couldn’t be done, but with the resources available to the government now, it can be.”
Garage sale expands The twice-yearly garage sale at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has proved so popular that organiser Jean Hudson has added a second date on January 25. All 195 tables for the Winter Garage Sale on December 7 sold out in days, with applicants from all across Hong Kong. “The response has been absolutely amazing. Each time we think it has reached its peak, but then we get even more people wanting to take part,” Hudson says. The January sale will accommodate all those currently on the waiting list and there still tables left for additional sign-ups. As usual, any unwanted items left at the end of the sale can be donated to charity. December 7 and January 25, 9.30am3pm, LG3 Car Park at Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Clearwater Bay. For bookings, call Hudson 9045 5942 at or email email@example.com.
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Fill a Box of Hope
Coffee with a conscience
Annual Hong Kong-based Christmas charity Box of Hope is looking for donations. Last year, it collected a whopping 17,727 gift boxes for underprivileged children across Asia; this year it hopes to collect 20,000. To donate, fill a shoebox with new, interesting and educational gifts – you’ll find a list of suggested items on the charity website, www.boxofhope.org – and giftwrap it. There are prizes for the best-decorated box, so don’t be afraid to get creative. Drop your box at a collection point on November 4-8. In Sai Kung, SKIP is collecting boxes at 159 Che Keng Tuk Road, Ma Nam Wat, 2791 7354, www.skip.edu.hk.
Next time you’re in Central and looking for somewhere different for lunch, try The Nest. Located in the grounds of St John’s Cathedral, this new cafe has sun-dappled tables under the trees, its own coffee blend, food by Classified and Aussie meat pies, croissants and desserts from Eat My Cakes. It is a project by The Nesbitt Centre to provide vocational training and employment for its specialneeds students, who have been in training for months. Its soft opening was a few weeks ago, with the official opening on November 1. Already it’s proving a hit, says Nesbitt Centre operations director Kay Rawbone. “We’re getting local people, playgroup mums and dads and lots of businessmen walking up the hill from the city. It’s already busy.” This may be a lunch spot with a social conscience, but the goods on offer are top quality
Rental ties Spiralling rents are leading more Sai Kung businesses to up sticks. Leisure Bookshop has cross the road to the other side of Po Tung Street, near Green Wave, with its secondhand books and resident cat, Milky. And on November 18, Ka Ying Curtain Craft will be shifting from its current location near the DVD shop on Man Nin Street to Leisure Bookshop’s former space. The two businesses are owned by the same family, but a hike in rent for the Man Nin Street premises sparked the move. Despite the moves, it will be business as usual in both locations.
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and prices are very reasonable. The coffee is a special blend of beans from Brazil, Colombia and Indonesia produced for The Nest by Coffee Engineering, the hot chocolate is made with real chocolate chunks, not powder, and there’s even a range of caffeine-free drinks such as lemon ginger and chai. Open daily 8am-6pm, 4-8 Garden Road, Central, 2813 4550.
Steamers’ Christmas Bazaar Steamers is holding its second annual Christmas bazaar on December 7 at its new venue, Zest, on the first floor above the courtyard. There are still spaces available for vendors with interesting products and services – and stalls are available free of charge. Australian photographer Nick Gleitzman will be exhibiting his works, including stunning panoramas of Sai Kung scenery and villages. 2pm-7pm, Steamers, 66 Yi Chun Street, 2792 6991. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in participating.
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Save Our Country Parks protesters in Hoi Ha.
Hoo-ha in Hoi Ha Campaigners fight to prevent 65 houses being built in the country park village. By Hannah Grogan. The Draft Outline Zoning Plan
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Hoi Ha Wan
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Efforts to save Sai Kung Country Park and its village enclaves from developers are gathering momentum. Last month, 200 people marched to Hoi Ha in protest against a Draft Outline Zoning Plan to build 65 houses in the tiny community on the edge of an ecologically important marine park.
Protesters argue that development permitted under the plan would triple the size of the village, which has only 30 houses currently, and pollute Hoi Ha Marine Park. The park is a Site of Special Scientific Interest that boasts 64 types of coral as well as mangroves and woodland, and
attracts 100,000 visitors a year. Marching under the Save Our Country Parks banner, the protesters – including representatives from Friends of Hoi Ha, Designing Hong Kong and other green groups – want the Hoi Ha village enclave to be incorporated into Sai Kung Country Park or at least see a revision to the zoning plan. “The Draft Outline Zoning Plan released by the Town Planning Board panders to developers, paying only lip-service to protection of the Country and Marine Parks,” Friends of Hoi Ha said. “Mature woodland will have to be felled and farmland will be lost together with a rich diversity of flora and fauna established since the land was abandoned more than 40 years ago.” The zoning of Hoi Ha came under review following the Tai Long Sai Wan controversy in 2010, when
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Friends of Hoi Ha’s David and Nicola Newbery in the area under threat.
a private developer’s attempt to build led to a public outcry. As a result, the government has been re-evaluating the status of 77 enclaves across Hong Kong to either incorporate them into the country parks or place the areas under appropriate statutory zoning. Hoi Ha was named a Development Permission Area (DPA) for three years before the Town Planning Board released the draft plan in September. The plan changes the zoning to include an expanded village area with space for
an additional 65 houses, a coastal protection area, a conservation area and a green belt. “The DPA has not properly protected the river valley, Hoi Ha Wan and the landscape from development as promised,” says David Newbery, secretary of the Friends of Hoi Ha. “Instead, the village environs has been turned into a huge area for development either for an un-needed commercial housing estate or individual houses under the Small House Policy, based on a totally unrealistic estimate of the number of indigenous villagers who intend to return to the village. “In the previous 20 years, it had taken 10 years or so for applications to be considered and only seven such houses had been built, none of them lived in by the applicant, all either sold on or rented out. Far from providing housing for poor farmers to encourage them to stay and farm the land, as originally intended in the 1970s when there was a mass exodus of young males seeking a better life overseas,
the scheme is now a money-making exercise as each house is now worth HK$15 million on today’s market.” Friends of Hoi Ha has come up with a 12-point objection to the draft zoning plan, which it outlines in an online petition. These include its apparent disregard for the law that septic tanks are not permitted within 100m of the marine park. “There are already measurable e-coli levels and other pollutants in Hoi Ha Wan from the existing septic tanks,” Newbery says. “If you build another 100 houses that could get a lot worse.” If left unchallenged, the draft zoning plan will come into effect at the end of this month. Friends of Hoi Ha is urging members of the public to sign its online petition and save one of Hong Kong’s most beautiful coastal areas. To object to the Draft Outline Zoning Plan for Hoi Ha, visit www.supporthk.org. For details, visit www.friendsofhoiha.com.
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interview The best of... Some of the most memorable interview moments of Sai Kung Magazine’s first 50 issues. Tang Siu-nam, Wong Mo Ying village representative October 2011 Since Sai Kung wasn’t a major frontier, it was rather more peaceful than other places. That’s because the Japanese military knew the Dongjiang Guerrilla Force – an anti-Japanese resistance movement that was formed in February 1942 – was in Sai Kung and they didn’t want to confront us. The only problem was poverty. People were poor; there was not enough food. We had food coupons and rice was distributed to us, but we had only 50 grams a day. Jill Robinson, MBE, founder and CEO of Animals Asia Foundation June 2010 I love Sai Kung, but it has changed dramatically over the past 25 years. It is no longer the fishing village I remember in 1985. Back then, the New Castle pub was where Starbucks is now – run by Chung and Maisee – a dark, dingy hostelry with a red carpet that had seen better days, but we all loved it and there was no better place for a cold beer and enjoy catching up with all the news.
Sir David Tang, entrepreneur and socialite October 2009 Once I get to Sai Kung, I never want to leave. It is a pity that Sai Kung town itself has turned into yet another mini concrete jungle. None of the new buildings has any charm. And it is about time when we in Hong Kong begin to realise that how things look in architecture is very important as they intimately affect our moods and senses. George Wong Yui-lam, founder of Bauhaus clothing April 2011 The awesome landscape of Sai Kung and Clearwater Bay is the best place to ride a bicycle. In terms of speed, driving is too fast, walking is too slow. The government should develop a complete cycling network in Sai Kung and Clearwater Bay, and let tourists know eating seafood is not the sole purpose to visit Sai Kung.
Kenneth Bi, film director, writer and actor November 2009 My wife and I live in a village where everyone, apart from us, has the same last name. We moved here because I didn’t want to live in a soulless characterless apartment building any more. We love village life. Lots of people in the area used to work for Shaw Brothers Film Studio. I used to come here when I was a kid because my parents were actors at Shaw.
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Fornia Chow, cofounder of Honeymoon Dessert May 2011 Honeymoon Dessert’s first store opened on Po Tung Road in 1995 – it’s very popular with locals and overseas visitors. One lady gets her driver to bring her to Sai Kung by Rolls-Royce once a week just to eat our hot sweet potato soup. She told me the soup is the taste of her childhood.
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Rowan Varty, former captain of the Hong Kong rugby sevens squad March 2012 My mother wanted the same upbringing for us that she had, growing up around nature. We had an old Chinese village house in Hoi Ha, right up in Sai Kung Country Park. It had no aircon and no TV, but it did have lots of insects. And snakes. Growing up, I spent a lot of time in the Sai Kung square with my mates. I had friends who lived nearby, and we’d walk into Sai Kung and just enjoy the village life for hours.
Bryan Ng, founder of Blue Sky Sports April 2012 I have a Sai Kung fisherman’s grandson’s dialect. My city friends sometimes can’t understand me. Quite a few of us in Sai Kung have this accent. We are all the grandchildren of Sai Kung fishermen. Sai Kung has its own identity, and to a large degree that comes from its history as a fishing village. City people notice how relaxed it is. It is an easy life to slip into.
Maureen Siu, Sai Kung District Officer June 2012 When we say “Sai Kung”, many people think about the old town and the neighbouring area. Sai Kung District covers also the new town of Tseung Kwan O, a vibrant urban centre catering to a community fast reaching 400,000. Residents from different backgrounds hold very different views. I believe they all have the common goal of doing good for the community.
Lowell Lo Koon-ting, owner of Green Earth Society, actor, musician and composer January 2010 I came here for the countryside and the sea, especially the magnificent view from my house. The layers of hills and the peerless coastline provide inspiration for my music and my life. Wayne Parfitt, restaurateur, Castelo Concepts March 2011 We have taken Sai Kung’s casual lifestyle and packaged it in our restaurants. We try to take the country to the city. I am happy for Hiram’s Highway to be widened but I hope they never ever bring an MTR line here. We would lose everything. It’s the small businesses that make the town and give it character – the pharmacist, the veggie guys, the stationers. I don’t think people want to see the big chains here. If we don’t get an MTR, we can stay small and stay unique. I have no intention of leaving Sai Kung. They will have to cart me out of here in a pine box.
Ng Tsuen-man, Olympic canoeist and dragon-boat coach July 2010 I represented Hong Kong in canoeing at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada, and in 1984 at Los Angeles. I had such a good time, meeting and competing against the world’s top athletes. At the opening and closing processions, I got to swap my official national badges with those from other countries. I have about 40 or 50, which I still treasure. When I returned home, I received a hero’s welcome from local people.
Peter Maize, novelist and journalist January 2013 Moving to Sai Kung changed everything. We have lived for 10 years at the end of a road leading to the MacLehose Trail. We like the quiet and the wildlife. Right now the wild boar are out, and there’s an incredible number of porcupines. My wife read that they like bananas, so she’s putting them out. Something’s eating those bananas.
Rita McClellan, founder of The Reading Room September 2011 I feel Sai Kung has gone from the little man with the hole-in-the-wall shop to now owning some kind of emporium – not to mention Starbucks, McDonald’s and Pizza Hut. Not that I’m against any of it but, being here for 25 years, I’ve watched Sai Kung change dramatically.
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To the barricades Stephen Vines on the fight to save the country parks and other puzzles. The battle to preserve the country parks, part 101 So the new head of the Country and Marine Parks board, Tang King-shing, has signed a charter aimed at protecting the entirety of the parks. It says something of where we are in the fight to preserve these areas that it becomes headline news when the person with responsibility for these precious areas is prepared to say he will join the fight. Call me naïve but surely it should be axiomatic that the park’s chief honcho would take his job seriously. Anyway support is far better than no support although suspicions linger that Tang, a former policeman, was put in this job to serve the interests of the government, which is quite different from serving the interests of the people. As matters stand all of the statutory government advisory bodies are stuffed with time-servers, sycophants and others who can be relied on to be government stooges. By tradition the post Tang now fills was occupied by someone with long experience of the parks alongside board members who possessed a wealth of knowledge. This kind of expertise is apparently no longer required for this and other statutory bodies. Barely a day passes without a property developer or some other useful idiot cropping up to say we really don’t need to waste all this space on country parks. And, as we have seen with the recent rezoning plans within Sai Kung Country Park, the authorities are increasingly showing a willingness to tolerate more development. If all current plans are realized we could have thousands of additional houses being built in the Sai Kung Country Park
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The only positive thing about the increasingly high-volume debate over the park’s future is that it is encouraging formerly passive people to focus on our precious countryside and to do something to protect it.
The bureaucrats who run this department seem to think that all this conservation stuff is none of their business Meanwhile the Ag, Fish and Many Other Things Department, which has responsibility for the parks, keeps putting out figures for the number of visitors. These are deeply mysterious and almost certainly nonsense as people visiting the parks do not register and, although I am in the Sai Kung park practically every day, I have never seen anyone counting people in – not that it would be that easy as the park can be accessed in a number of ways. Time to destroy Pak Sha O? Apologies to those who are getting bored by all this banging on about conservation (actually that’s not a sincere apology, just a way of saying this topic always seems to be with us). Anyway here’s a bit more on these lines because there is no end to the relentless efforts to destroy Pak Sha O, one of Hong Kong’s best-preserved Hakka villages. The Xinhua Bookstore and the Xiang Jiang Group are pressing ahead with their plans to tear down part of the village and replace it with something
infinitely worse. It might be thought that preserving this little gem of a village was a no brainer but this is hardly the case when we have a Lands Department that seems to interpret its remit as being to build and build again. The bureaucrats who run this department seem to think all this conservation stuff is none of their business. However, as we have seen in other instances, they respond to pressure and the case for pressure here is very strong indeed. The Sai Kung Chinese restaurant puzzle Here’s a question that continues to puzzle me and, I guess, many others. Why is Sai Kung so notably lacking in decent Chinese restaurants? We have a rather impressive array of European food eateries and a number of serviceable dai pai dong Chinese fast-food outlets but when it comes to restaurants something is missing. Yes, I know the seafront fish restaurants are very popular but, my oh my, they know how to charge and their prices are excessive for such mediocre food. Then, for reasons only known to tyre experts, there is a rather middle-of-the-road Chinese restaurant with a Michelin star. These stars must be easier to get these days because the standard of food in this restaurant is far from exceptional. So what’s the problem? Maybe the answer is simple: if you can get away with serving so-so seafood at exorbitant prices, why bother to do something better? Surely there is a restaurateur out there who can see the gap in the market. Stephen Vines is a journalist, broadcaster and entrepreneur. He is the former editor of the Eastern Express and Southeast Asia correspondent for The Observer.
stiff upper lips
Mo’ mos Become a Mo Bro and grow a moustache for Movember, says Adele Rosi. Handlebar, Zorro, chevron, pencil... whatever style of moustache you hanker after, guys, it’s time to get growing. The humble ‘tache takes centre stage this month for Hong Kong’s second official Movember campaign. This global charity movement sees men growing facial fur on their upper lips to raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues, notably prostate and testicular cancer. According to the Hong Kong Cancer Fund (HKCF), the city’s total number of prostate and testicular cancer cases has tripled in the past decade, with more than 1,500 new cases recorded each year. Like many good ideas, the seed for Movember was sewn over a few beers in the pub. In 2003, a couple of Australian men were discussing the merits of the mo (Aussie slang for moustache) and decided it deserved a revival. They challenged a few mates to leave their upper lips unmown to see who could grow the best moustache in a month, which just
happened to be November. They attracted so much attention, the next year they decided to do it again with money and a cause attached. A star was born. Today Mo Bros – supported by their Mo Sistas – in six continents raise hundreds of millions of dollars for charity. In Hong Kong’s inaugural Movember campaign last year, more than 1,800 officially
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registered participants raised about $4.5 million, and Movember 2013 is shaping up to be even bigger and bushier. On November 1, clean-shaven men register at hk.movember.com to officially become Mo Bros. They pledge to groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery and to wear their facial furniture all month. “It was great to see Hong Kong embrace the Movember movement last year – we couldn’t have asked for a better market entry,” says the spokesperson for Movember Asia, Greg Rafferty. “We’re excited to see the campaign grow in all sorts of ways.” All proceeds will directly benefit local prostate cancer initiatives driven by the HKCF and Movember’s Global Action Plan (GAP). “We will use the funds raised to develop a whole new survivorship programme for male cancer patients,” says HKCF founder and chief executive Sally Lo. Mo Bros, we salute you. To register as a Mo Bro or Mo Sista, visit hk.movember.com, or connect with the local movement on Facebook and Twitter.
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reasons to love Sai Kung
For our 50th issue, we count the ways Sai Kung is close to our hearts. 1. That Sai Kung feeling. It’s that special feeling you get when you cross the ridge and drop down into Sai Kung or Clearwater Bay: your mood lightens and your shoulders relax a couple of clicks as the load lifts. You’re nearly home.
2. Tai Long Wan. These four sublimely beautiful beaches are the best in Hong Kong – heck, they’re among the finest in Asia. They offer great hiking, calm anchorages (Sai Wan), good surfing (Tai Wan), cold beers (Ham Tin) and cliff jumping (Sheung Luk Stream), plus acres of golden sand with none of the no-fun rules that blight so many Hong Kong beaches. Need we say more? 28 | WWW.SAIKUNG.COM
3. Great fung shui. According to Hakka fung shui master Law Yiu-wo, “Sai Kung’s fung shui is really good, especially for health. It is in the east, facing the sea with a mountain range at its back. The wind in Hong Kong mainly comes from the east and reaches Sai Kung first, providing us with clean, fresh air. The mountains shelter us from natural disasters.” 4. Steamers’ Sunday roast. Lashings of roast chicken, beef or lamb, plus gravy, Yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings for just $128. 66 Yi Chun Street, Sai Kung, 2792 6991.
5. Dragonboat racing. Trained by Sai Kung’s former Olympic canoeist, Ng Tsuen-man, Sai Kung’s teams are the ones to watch. Join the “yat, yee” crews at Blue Sky Water Sports, 2791 0806, www.skswc.com.
6. Free-range cows. Long may they roam.
Tai Long Wan.
7. Snake-repellent sulphur. We don’t want cobras in our backyard any more than you do, but judging by the amount of yellow powder we’ve seen scattered around gardens this year, there are plenty of snakes out there. And that’s a good thing.
9. Cruising grounds. We’re talking boats, of course. With our beautiful beaches, calm waters, small tidal drops and relatively few rocks, Sai Kung has some of the finest boating waters in the world. No wonder there are so many craft out there. Now all we need are more places to keep them… 10. Ghost towns. Remote abandoned villages such as Wong Chuk Yeung, with their old photographs and mouldering furniture, are deliciously creepy. Just don’t push your luck by taking a memento.
12. Sai Kung Stadium. We love that it’s always open and there’s so little red tape to gain access to the resurfaced running track. No wonder it’s a hive of activity.
13. Diversity. Sai Kung town has all the fun of Hong Kong squashed into one square mile: happy families in the square, boho-chic in See Cheung Street, mini-Mong Kok in noodle alley, weird shops on upper floors, dodgy geezers near the bus station, and 7-Elevens on every other corner.
11. Paragliders. Who doesn’t love to watch the chutes gliding off Pyramid Hill?
8. Dave the snake man. If you do find a python curled up in your flowerbed, tiptoe indoors and call the Sai Kung Police station on 3661 1630. Chances are they’ll call out snake catcher Dave Willott, who will trap the critter and safely release it in the country park.
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17. Sunday waterfront dance troupes. Happy
20. The cheapest house white in town? New
clappy, matchy matchy.
tapas bar Casa sells decent sauvignon blanc for $150 a bottle. Gets our vote. Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung, 5594 0007.
And other oddities.
18. Gambling grannies. There are worse ways to spend your retirement than fleecing your friends in Man Nin Square.
15. Dim sum at Beach Cuisine. Some of the most desirable tables in Hong Kong have a stunning view past Kau Sai Chau to High Island Reservoir plus fine har gao, ribs and fried lotus cakes. Sha Ha Beach, Tai Mong Tsai Road, 2792 4990, www.skbeach.com.hk.
16. Ginger lily lady. Central bars have rosesellers, Sai Kung bars have a lady selling bunches of fresh-cut ginger lilies for $10.
19. Geopark. It rocks.
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24. Baked ham at Mushroom Bakery. Made
28. Save Our Country Parks. This new
fresh every day and available by the slice. 26 Yi Chun Street, Sai Kung, 2792 6826.
movement packed them in at Sai Kung Town Hall last month as indigenous villagers and green groups declared themselves to be on the same side in saving the parks and their village enclaves from the developers. For details, visit www.facebook.com/saveourcountryparks.
25. The islands. A treasure 26. Chip-shop chips. Get them hot and salty from Chip In, 9 King Man Street, Sai Kung, 9761 5091. 27. Qigong on the waterfront. Master Lawrence Tse holds classes every Tuesday, 9am-10am, for $250. Book at 6055 5387, email@example.com, www.healingqigong.com.
29. Animal magic. “Where else do you see sea eagles flying above tie-dyed miniature poodles in prams?” Sascha Camille Howard.
30. Sai Kung old town. Great for an ethical kopi luwak while fixing your engine, browsing for a new anchor, throwing a pot or getting your back cracked by a blind masseur. An old town shopping list might include Hell money, prime rib, lion-dance masks, handmade tin buckets, fine French cheese, secondhand books, live prawns and solar panelling.
31. Clearwater Bay’s model-plane
22. Sai Kung Swimming Pool. Especially
enthusiasts. Because you’re never too old to play.
when the doors open at 6.30am and you have it (almost) to yourself. Reopens April 1.
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feature 32. Sing. Jaspas’ living treasure. 33. Sai Kung Stingrays. The mini-rugby club that does.
34. Seafood – preferably bought fresh from the fisherman and cooked on the waterfront (see p.36).
35. Yoga. “I love that Yoga with YoYo is right at my doorstep. It has changed my life. I have become a certified yoga teacher myself within the past year, never having done yoga before – ever.” Kate O’Hara, Sai Kung resident.
36. Gingerbread lattes. Starbucks’ winter menu is nearly here. Get yours at 18-32 Chan Man Street, Sai Kung, 2792 7725.
37. Crufts on the waterfront. Dogs in sunnies. Dogs in hats. Dogs in shoes. Dogs in prams…
38. Country parks. “I love the butterflies and birds in my garden, the dragonflies over my pond, the starfish on the beach, the seahorses in the sea, the brown fish owl that flies overhead to the mangroves in the estuary, the monkeys in the woodland, the barking deer we hear at night and the frogs that send us to sleep at night.” Nicola Newbery, Hoi Ha resident.
39. Clearwater Bay Second Beach. Wins our
42. Rescue dogs. Cuddle a puppy outside
vote for being lovely to look at, easy to reach and (the clincher) offering parking.
Starbucks on a Saturday, or take it home and love it for life. Hong Kong Rescue Puppies, www.hkrescuepuppies.com. Sai Kung Stray Friends, www.saikungstrayfriends.net.
40. Astropark. We’ve been banging on about this starry gem in Sai Kung Country Park with its electronic night sky and free telescopes ever since we finally visited. It’s worth the trip.
41. Property prices. Still on the up and up – great news for property owners, not so good for aspiring property owners.
43. Spa days. Get a manicure at A Nails (9B Wang Street, Sai Kung, 2792 1099), foot rub at Seafoot Reflexology (60 Po Tung Road, 2791 0328), throw a “sparty” at Sense of Touch (77 Man Nin Street, 2791 2278), get a haircut at Tala’s (6 Po Tung Road, 2335 1694) or a full-body massage at Sabai Day Spa (2/F, 10D Po Tung Road, 2791 2259).
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48. Kayaking. Possibly the cheapest and
most accessible way to enjoy Sai Kung’s watery playgrounds. Kayaks are available to hire by the hour or the day at Sha Ha Beach, Tai Wan, Wong Shek Pier and Hoi Ha. Or really push the boat out with a speedboat and kayak trip around the astonishing formations of the Geopark with Kayak and Hike (9300 5197, www.kayak-and-hike.com).
45. Barking deer. We can’t decide what’s more cool, that these deer sometimes graze in private gardens or that they can bark. 46. Casual Fridays everyday.
49. The view. This is our favourite, what’s yours?
47. Golf. “As an avid golfer, it’s nice to have Kau Sai Chau, Hong Kong’s most beautiful golf course, right in our own backyard.” Al Morales, Paisano’s.
50. Community spirit. From Sai Kung Stingrays to Stella Standing Tall, Sailability to D’Oli’s one-man charity, Sai Kung Pink Ladies to Sai Kung Stray Friends, this is a community that gives back. We like that.
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Click and spend Marie Teather gets an early start on the Christmas shopping at top online stores. Children Hip Little Bubba www.hiplittlebubba.com Founded by Hong Kong expat Nicole Darragh in 2010 after the birth of her first child, this local online store offers quality items for stylish babies, toddlers and mothers. Products include organic baby formula, clothes, toys, baby blankets and a whole lot more. Check out the colourful new range of Christmas stockings and adorable Baby Gift Boxes. Tiny Footprints www.tinyfootprints.com A haven for mums in Central, Tiny Footprints also has an online store selling top-quality, eco-friendly products. It places an emphasis on sourcing non-toxic, environmentally friendly products such as organic baby toiletries, disposable nappies, air purifiers and furniture made with natural non-toxic materials.
iHerb www.iherb.com For those of us who have discovered this online health and nutrition store, there was life before iHerb and life after iHerb. Look no further for your fix of vitamins, minerals, all-natural beauty supplies, natural foodstuffs and workout supplements at discounted prices. It’s based in California but offers super quick and cheap delivery to Hong Kong. Fashion Nuan Cashmere nuancashmere.com Launched in 2006 by Irish-born designer Caoimhe Ryan, Nuan is dedicated it to classic, elegant and beautiful cashmere. Nuan (the Mandarin word for “warm”) was inspired by a trip to northern China, where Ryan discovered the luxurious cashmere she uses in Nuan’s innovative knitwear range. Aftermath www.aftermathstudio.com Hong Kong-based designer Nina Ricardo founded Aftermath in 2010 inspired by her passion for travel, art and all things retro. Small limited-edition collections feature Betty Draperinspired 1950s silhouette dresses and skirts in hand-picked patterns and fabrics designed to flatter every figure.
Health and beauty Native Essentials www.nativessentials.com Hong Kong’s first online natural skincare and bespoke aromatherapy blending service was founded in 2011 by Italian aromatologist Daniela Pelonara. Native Essentials creates all-natural, therapeutic and botanical products for the whole family using organic ingredients sourced worldwide. Handmade in Hong Kong, its range includes spa-inspired body and skin lines, mother-and-baby products and sleeping aids.
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SnapSack www.snapsack.com SnapSacks are fun, stylish bags that can be customized by inserting photographs, drawings and other knick-knacks into the cover pockets. Founded by former Hong Kong resident Anna Hart, SnapSacks are easily changeable for a whole new look. Shipping is free to Hong Kong and five per cent of every purchase is donated to Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Programme.
Sleep Naked made sheets, duvet covers, towels, robes and pillows for leading hotels until individual customers also started making requests. Delivery is free to most of Hong Kong. Marks & Spencer www.marksandspencer.com Much as we enjoy shopping at our local M&S branches, it can be cheaper to order online from Britain and pay the flat-rate delivery fee of £15 – no matter how much you buy. After all, what would Christmas be without a big order from M&S? Gifts Not On The High Street www.notonthehighstreet.com For unusual or personalised gifts, British online store notonthehighstreet.com is a one-stop solution. A huge range of products are sourced from small, creative businesses worldwide that are, you guessed it, not available on the high street. Delivery is available to Hong Kong on many items, but charges vary considerably. Shop Latitude www.shoplatitude.com A good source for luxury homeware, jewellery, fashion or interior pieces from style capitals across the globe. Search for gifts by location – Hong Kong, Bali, Africa, Milan, New York – designer or product. We love the bazaar section that lets you buy ethnic goodies from Mexico, India, Turkey and Morocco. And if you can’t find exactly what you want, Latitude’s artisan makers will customize a piece just for you. Food and wine
House and home Sleep Naked www.sleepnaked.hk Ever wondered where luxury hotels get their crisp, cool bedding? Right here, that’s where.
South Stream Seafoods www.south-stream-seafoods.com After years of supplying Hong Kong’s top restaurants, hotels and airline caterers, South Stream Seafoods has also built a reputation for
online stores scallops. Delivery is free on orders of more than $500; order before 10am for same-day delivery.
home deliveries of quality imported seafood and fish. It offers Australian and New Zealand meat, fish and bakery goods, including a gluten-free range. Delivery is free on orders of more than $500. Jett Foods www.jettfoods.com Premium quality food delivered safely and quickly to your door. Order online from a selection of USDA prime steaks, Spanish Duroc pork, US organic chicken and premium seafood including king crab’s legs and sashimi-grade
Secret Ingredient www.secretingredient.com.hk Hong Kong’s first gourmet, ready-to-cook delivery service lets you choose a recipe online and then shops, chops, preps and delivers the fresh ingredients to your home or office ready to be cooked at home in less than 15 minutes. Perfect for no-fuss dinner parties, date nights, anniversaries or “me time”. First-time customers can enter “NewChef” at checkout for a $50 discount. Golden Goose Gourmet www.goldengoosegourmet.com Run by Southside resident James Fortier (the former general manager of Morton’s Steak House at the Venetian Macau), this upscale, online grocery market delivers hand-picked imported food to your door. Choose from prime meats, fresh seafood, foie gras, caviar and a selection of prepared foods. Free delivery on orders of more than $600. There’s a 10 per cent discount when you sign up for the mailing list.
The Bottle Shop thebottleshop.hk Founded by two Aussies with a love of craft beer, The Bottle Shop has a shop in Sai Kung as well as this online store that distributes world-class international craft and noncommercial beers. Also available are (mostly Australian) confectionery, crisps, hard-to-find spirits and wines, and even handmade ice-pops and ice-creams. Wine ’n’ Things winenthingshk.com Started in 1993, Wine ’n’ Things was one of the first importers of New Zealand wines into Hong Kong. Since then it has added high-quality wines from Australia, California, Chile, South Africa and Spain. The online store also has a large selection of craft beers from New Zealand and Australia as well as Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer from Britain.
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Seafood, eat food Adele Rosi has a fishy on a little dishy.
Loaf On Restaurant Sai Kung’s one-time Michelin-star restaurant is still a perennial favourite and owes its reputation to its superb signature dishes, many of which feature twitchingly fresh fish and seafood. The deep-fried salt and pepper calamari, for example, is sublime and takes the humble squid to a whole new level. The melt-in-the-mouth slivers of seafood are tender, delicately battered and not remotely greasy. Scallops with vermicelli glass noodles and garlic are another top pick, peppered clams are succulent and meaty, and razor clams with black beans are deliciously crunchy. One local food blogger commented that going to Loaf On and not sampling the salt and pepper fresh whole abalone is like leaving a treasure cove empty handed. 49 See Cheung Street, Sai Kung, 2792 9966. Seafood Island Seafood Restaurant After a day at one of the Clearwater Bay beaches, pull up a chair at this popular Cantonese restaurant in the fishing village of Po Toi O. It is cheaper than the Sai Kung waterfront restaurants and the seafood just as fresh. Specialising in shellfish, its clams are gigantic and hugely popular as are the steamed scallops. Other top choices include silky steamed crab and egg white, mantis shrimps and braised noodles with dried scallops and enoki mushrooms. 7 Po Toi O, 2719 5730.
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Yau Ley There may be better black-pepper squid dishes in Hong Kong, but who cares when you’re hungry, sun-kissed and salty from beach or junk? The piping-hot baskets of golden, crunchy squid served at Yau Ley are so irresistible that you inevitably order another. Follow it up with steamed prawns, curry crab and steamed garoupa and buckets of ice-cold beers. After lunch, sleep off the food coma while the kids play on the beach. It’s the perfect Sai Kung Sunday. Sha Kiu Tsuen, High Island, 2791 1822.
Chuen Kee Of all the seafood joints in all of Sai Kung, you have to walk into Chuen Kee. Another Sai Kung restaurant that got a nod from the Michelin men, it serves a similar menu to the other waterfront eateries, but does it that bit better. The whole steamed fish is a case in point. Choose your dinner from the fishtank – usually a garoupa or snapper – and it will reappear on your table within minutes, bathed in a deliciously sweet soy sauce, topped with julienned ginger and spring onion, on a fish-shaped hot plate. Perfectly cooked, it should fall off the bone yet remain mouthwateringly juicy. Do the right thing, and try not to squabble over who eats the cheeks. 87-89 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung, 2792 6938. Tung Kee Seafood Restaurant This Sai Kung waterfront stalwart is always bursting at the seams with out-of-towners chowing down on the freshest seafood. Famed for its crispy crustacea and steamed fish in soy sauce, Tung Kee is another restaurant where you meet your lunch or dinner minutes before you eat it. Try the seafood sashimi, steamed prawns, mantis shrimps with salt and pepper and lobster with cheese sauce and e-fu noodles – an unusual-sounding combo but oh-so-good. Shop 11-15, Siu Yat House, Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung, 2791 9886.
nibbles Fishy business Ever since a car was crashed into Chuen Kee Seafood Restaurant’s window in mysterious circumstances during Typhoon Usagi, our favourite giant fish has disappeared from view. A quirky Sai Kung icon, the huge stuffed grouper with giant crystal eyes took pride of place in the window and was popular with camera-toting tourists. A restaurant spokesperson assures us the fish is safe and will go back on display once renovations are complete. 87-89 Man Nin Street, 2792 6938. Cronut craze Cream-filled cronuts – half croissant, half doughnut – have arrived in Sai Kung with the opening of new bakery Swissbeck, which calls them “rohnuts” for copyright reasons. Swissbeck’s Central branch sells out of the sticky delicacies by lunchtime, and it’s anticipating long queues in Sai Kung; you can order a day in advance. Other specialities include beer bread, farmer bread and raisin and walnut loaves all made with no chemical additives. Open 8am-7pm, G/F, 11 A Po Tung Road, Sai Kung, 2792 0738. Mandarin Oriental Can’t cook? Won’t cook? The Mandarin Cake Shop offers a range of five-star Thanksgiving
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restaurant, Main St Deli, is offering takeaway Thanksgiving turkey combos for eight-10 people ($1,688) or 16-20 people ($2,388). Both include cream of pumpkin soup, roasted turkey with stuffing, sprouts, beans, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and one pie. Delivery available; two days’ advance notice required. 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2375 1133, email@example.com, hongkong.langhamhotels.com.
takeaways from $1,988, including a 7kg or 10kg roasted turkey, stuffing, roasted pumpkin, mashed potatoes, giblet gravy and cranberry sauce. Or choose honey-glazed ham with Madeira sauce, roast pumpkin and mashed potatoes. The Family Combo ($2,848) includes a 10kg turkey and trimmings with either a pumpkin pie or salted pecan pie, and two 550ml bottles of organic apple cider. Just reheat in the oven for 15-25 minutes – easy-peasy. Delivery available; two days’ notice required. Available Nov 18-Dec 1. Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road Central, 2825 4008, firstname.lastname@example.org. Main St Deli at The Langham The Langham’s authentic New York-style
Go Gourmet Opt for a Southern-style Thanksgiving with the delicious Magnolia turkey from Go Gourmet. A 10lb-14lb bird is injected with Cajun spices for extra kick, smothered in sage butter then roasted with apples, onions, garlic, white wine, fresh herbs and bacon ($950; a traditional version is $750). Turkeys come with homemade cranberry bourbon relish and red wine gravy, with optional Louisiana stuffing (aka cornbread dressing; $350-$600) made with andouille sausage, ground beef and pecan nuts. Go the whole hog and add a honey pecan, pumpkin, sweet potato, apple or chocolate pecan pie ($280$450). Available Nov 15-Dec 31; order at least a week in advance. 17 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, 2530 3880, info@go-gourmet. com, www.go-gourmet.com.
education Kellett goes Kowloon With the new Kowloon Bay campus officially opening this month, Principal Ann Mcdonald celebrates the Kellett School spirit. for the Prep and Senior schools, music suites, a black box dance studio as well as a movable orchestra pit in the theatre. Even more exciting, we now have the space to grow our community further and the ability to educate our students all the way through their academic lives, from four to 18 years old. Tell us about your staff. Our staff are extremely dedicated and hard working. Kellett teachers are recruited both locally and internationally and all have strong academic profiles and are proven within their specialist fields. As a school we maintain strong links with Britain to ensure our staff stay abreast of the best practice and public examination expectations.
The atrium and exterior (right) of the new Kellett School Kowloon Bay.
What are the core values at Kellett School? Kellett School aims to promote a love of learning and confidence for life in each of our students by providing challenge, offering opportunity and giving responsibility. How did the school start? Kellett School was started by a group of likeminded parents who sought a high-quality British-style international education, rich in the arts and delivered in a small-school setting. In 1976 this group of parents got together to start a school after they realised there was no January intake for their children. The first two classes had 44 mainly expatriate children. From these families came a sense of community and fellowship that continues to thrive today. In 1978 the school relocated to leased premises in Taikoo Shing and established Kellett School Association Ltd, which was officially registered with the Hong Kong Education Department as an International Kindergarten and Primary School. As the school continued to grow, in 1980 it moved to a purpose-built facility at the Pok Fu Lam Prepâ€™s current location in Wah Fu, overlooking Kellett Bay. Thirty-three years later, Kellett School Kowloon Bay opened to more than 600 students, with the official opening on November 8.
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Despite this growth, the school has the same community feel it had all those years ago. Kellett School Kowloon Bay is running alongside the Pok Fu Lam Prep School and the Senior school can accommodate all Year 6 students from both Prep schools. Tell us about the new Kowloon campus. The new campus in Kowloon Bay has been designed to continue the traditions of our school and to support student learning. It promotes quality teaching and learning as well as student independence. We strive to equip our students with the skills and knowledge to thrive in a rapidly changing workplace, and help them to develop not just social awareness but global awareness. This new campus supports our aims and goals and our top-quality teaching staff. Physically, the school is home to just over 600 students. The campus is spacious and bright, with multi-functioning sky-lit atrium spaces in both the preparatory and senior sections. There are outdoor gardens, a sports pitch and running track on the roof as well as sports halls, gymnasiums and a theatre designed to world-leading specifications. All the teaching spaces have been built to support 21st-century learning and include fully equipped science labs, design and technology labs, separate libraries
Any exciting things coming up? Kellett School is a member of the Federation of British International Schools in South East Asia and East Asia (FOBISSEA). We are proud to be hosting the U15 FOBISSEA Games on November 20-24. Schools from across Asia will come to compete in sporting events including swimming, football, basketball and athletics, in a variety of venues, giving us the chance to showcase our Pok Fu Lam and Kowloon Bay schools.
Whatâ€™s your own background? My time in Hong Kong started at the British Army school in Stanley Fort. I had a wonderful time teaching there in the late 70s and early 80s. I returned to the UK until an opportunity arose at Kellett School in 1996. Do many Kellett families live in Sai Kung? For many years Sai Kung has been home to a number of Kellett families. With the opening of our Kowloon Bay campus this number has grown and we expect it to continue to grow year on year, along with our school.
New primary places available The new Nord Anglia International School Hong Kong is now accepting applications for 660 primary school spaces in Kowloon. Good news for parents seeking international primary-school places: the brand new Nord Anglia International School is now accepting applications for priority admissions to Years 1 to 7 for the academic year starting September 1, 2014. And from December 21, it will be accepting applications on a rolling basis where spaces are available and students meet admissions requirements. The new school, which will be located in Lam Tin, Kowloon, will follow the English National Curriculum and plans to restrict class sizes to about 22 students. It will open with 660 places in Years 1 to 7 (children aged five to 12 years), expanding in 2015 to 800 students, with additional places in Years 8 and 9; Years 10 to 13 will be added later. It will be located in a renovated 80,000 sqft school equipped with specialist classrooms, outdoor sports courts, covered swimming pool and an indoor, state-of-the-art multi-purpose sporting and performance area.
Fees, which are subject to approval by the Education Department, are set to be $131,800 a year for primary and $147,000 for secondary. Corporate and individual debentures are available. The organisation already runs international schools in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing and around the world and has a reputation for offering a high standard of education, with proven results in the IB Diploma and GCSEs worldwide.
Nord Anglia Education is a pioneer in applying the latest neuroscience and psychology research into how students learn. “We now know that the brain is more malleable than we thought: we can make ourselves more intelligent if we are systematic about how we do it,” says its director of education, Professor Deborah Eyre. She says the school’s approach inspires students to go beyond simply absorbing knowledge, and to develop the confidence to apply it, question it and use critical analysis to build their own opinions. Find out more about the school’s curriculum, philosophy and enrollments at a parent information session in Sai Kung in mid-November. For details, please visit www.nais.hk. Nord Anglia International School Hong Kong, 11 On Tin Street, Lam Tin, Kowloon, email@example.com, www.nais.hk.
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Meeting special needs ITS School Placements explores options for children with special educational needs. International schools ESF: Provides academic support for a wide range of special needs with 133 places in learning support centres, 56 of which are in secondary schools (King George V, South Island and West Island schools; primary schools specialising in SEN are Clearwater Bay, Beacon Hill, Kowloon Junior, Bradbury, The Peak and Quarry Bay schools). Learning support classes have a teacher-student ratio of 1:7 with participation in mainstream classes where appropriate. The Jockey Club Sarah Roe School: A purpose-built international school run by ESF that provides inclusive education for students aged five to 18 with severe learning difficulties and complex needs. Hong Kong Academy: Admits students with mild to moderate learning difficulties who are aged three to 17 years old and able to participate in mainstream classes. The International Christian School: Runs the Bridges programme for primary students with moderate learning difficulties. The Harbour School: Provides individual
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or small-group classes for learners with specific learning disorders or difficulty with social or behavioural skills. Its sister school, The Childrenâ€™s Institute of Hong Kong, provides one-on-one applied behavioural analysis programming for children with autism.
Funded to provide vocational and life-skills training for young adults Other educational institutes The Watchdog Early Learning Centre: Intensive early intervention and therapy for SEN children from newborn to age six for Cantonese and non-Cantonese speakers. The Child Development Centre: A nonprofit charitable organization offering integrated early intervention services for English-speaking children with special needs. The Springboard Project: Caters to students with mild to moderate learning difficulties, including Down Syndrome and autism, and runs a learning support unit at the
Korean International School. The Autism Partnership Foundation: Runs a centre in North Point with a Cantonesespeaking primary class and an English-speaking class for students aged from 11 years. World in Motion: Provides after-school, weekend and holiday programmes for children with autism and other learning disabilities. Shine Skills Centre: Vocational training and services to improve the employment prospects for the over-15s with SEN. The Nesbitt Centre: Funded by the Social Welfare Department to provide vocational and life-skills training for young adults with special needs aged 16 or above. It offers work placements and provides accommodation where teenagers can live independently. ITS School Placements provides an education consulting service that works with families and employers to find the right schools for individual children in Hong Kong, from nursery to secondary schools. ITS also offers research, policy and advisory services for corporations. For more details, contact es@tuition. com.hk, 3188 3940 or www.itseducationasisa.com.
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family Top 12 apps Carolynne Dear downloads Hong Kong apps that make life better. My Observatory (free) Whether you’re tracking the latest typhoon, want a heads-up about impending thunderstorms or just wondering whether to pack sunscreen or a raincoat for that weekend junk trip, My Observatory is a practical little app for Hong Kong’s wilder weather. It can be set up to alert you to the latest weather warnings and provides a UV index, seven-day forecast and even current rainfall distribution for those who like watch the rainclouds gather digitally rather than look out of the window.
and the signs in certain shopping malls (we’re talking about you, Metro City). It works for both complex and simplified Chinese characters.
Waygo (free) A genius app for those whose Cantonese is a bit rusty. Simply hover your smartphone screen over Chinese characters, click the camera button and – hey presto – receive an instant translation into English. Particularly useful for reading the menu in cha chaan tengs
Car Park Hongkong ($8) Looking for a parking space in an unfamiliar part of town? This handy app pinpoints all the car parks in Hong Kong on an easy-to-use aerial road map. Using it can be a revelation – who knew Hong Kong had this many parking facilities?
Hong Kong Taxi Translator ($7.70) More help for non-Canto speakers. This app quickly converts addresses into written and phonetic Chinese and contains thousands of locations. It will also show the location on a map if your driver is still looking a bit hazy. Never end up on the wrong side of town again.
Toilet Rush (free) Useful for mums with small children or visiting grannies, this app will find a loo near you – fast. Not only does it pinpoint the nearest public facility but a key indicates whether there is a gents’, ladies, handicapped facilities, toilet paper, baby-changing, showers or drinking water on hand. It is in Chinese, but the key makes it easy to use in any language. HK Air (free) This app was set up by an expat trying to figure out what the government-issued air quality information actually means. It makes monitoring air quality crystal clear (unlike the air, sadly). Simply click on your nearest monitoring station, and the app lists the air quality and how it would be registered around the world – one hazy day last month, the air in Causeway Bay was rated “medium
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TuneIn Radio Pro ($54.21) Words cannot express how fabulous this app is. Access local radio stations from around the world and listen to your favourite shows in real-time. Search for a song or artist and it will tell you what stations are currently playing that tune. It’s fast and easy to use – once downloaded, it’s hard to remember life before TuneIn. Taxi Hero (free) Is it just us, or are cabs getting harder and harder to come by these days? This brand new app takes all the hassle out of calling a cab. It lets you book a taxi with one simple click. GPS tracking makes for easy pickup and dropoff and you can even book a taxi up to 24 hours in advance, which has already proved to be a lifesaver. Time saving and stress relieving, this is our kind of app.
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Shek Kong from Tai Mo Shan.
Take the high road Hannah Grogan follows Route Twisk to the roof of Hong Kong. It’s easy to get caught up in all the hikes of Hong Kong. The trails are numerous and plentiful but sometimes the guidebooks and magazines forget that a large number of folk in this fair city also like to get around on four wheels. So for the first of this new column, I thought I’d share my favourite Sunday drive for all the revheads out there. What is it? Located in the heart of the New Territories, Route Twisk is a mountainous road connecting Tsuen Wan to Shek Kong and on to Lam Tin. It crosses Tai Mo Shan Country Park, home to Hong Kong’s highest peak, aka Big Hat Mountain. Despite an altitude of 957m, this
What’s in a name? Built in the 1940s mainly for military use, Route Twisk linked Kowloon with the former Royal Air Force Sek Kong base, now the People’s Liberation Army’s Shek Kong Airfield. It takes its name comes from the initials of its route: Tsuen Wan into Shek Kong.
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is no lonely summit: it is almost completely accessible by car and, even better, drivers do not require a country park permit. Good news for those of us who like to get out into the countryside without having to strap on hiking boots. Where is it? While the road is dotted with tempting barbecue and picnic sites, head for the big one at the top of Tai Mo Shan. Halfway up Route Twisk, take the turnoff onto Tai Mo Shan Road – part of Stage 8 of the MacLehose Trail. Follow the road uphill, past the visitors’ centre to a lookout point and car park. From there it’s a relatively short climb on foot to the weather station at the territory’s highest point.
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When to go? Choose a clear day when the views are at their most spectacular; from the top, there’s an almost 360-degree panorama of Kowloon, Hong Kong Island, big chunks of the New Territories and Shenzhen. On clearsky weekends you are unlikely to be alone, of course, and with motorists, cyclists and keen hikers all sharing the road, things can get hairy.
Why go? There’s something for everyone on Route Twisk. Driving enthusiasts will get a kick out of the steep and winding road. Photographers will go bananas for some of the finest views in the territory. And there’s plenty of open grassed space for energetic kids so it’s perfect for families. Load the car with a picnic, deck chairs, the kids and maybe a kite or two for a great day out.
Ray Sting’s guide to rugby festivals The do’s and don’ts of mini-rugby tournaments. Mini-rugby festivals are brilliant! The first festival of the season will be held at King’s Park and hosted by DeA Tigers – always charming hosts and easy to spot in black and yellow. It will be a cacophony of club colours, kids and camaraderie. Enthusiasm and excitement run high but particularly for the Under-6s, who will be playing for the first time, and for the Under-9s, who will tackle – and be tackled. If previous years are anything to go by, both teams will rise to the occasion. Win, lose or draw, parents can be incredibly proud of their kids. When you are five years old, squaring up to kids in different kit who want the ball as much as you do is an achievement in itself. In the lower age groups, nobody keeps score and a try feels great, even when it is scored on your own try line. Here’s a tip, parents: support from the scoring end of the pitch – it will help the directionally challenged. Remember that doing your best is better than being the best. Win, lose or draw, be a player, a team and a club worthy of respect. Stingrays and their parents are known for their
good sportsmanship, so let’s build on our reputation this year. A word about the heat: this is likely to be the hottest festival of the season, with limited shade.
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Anna Christianne Ho is looking good. The Hong Kong bodybuilder was in the form of her life at the Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship in Vietnam in September, taking silver in a field of 350 contestants from 27 countries. Not bad going for a 46-year-old mother of two who got into competitive bodybuilding just two years ago. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Ho lived in Australia and France for 25 years before returning to Hong Kong last year. She has always been an athlete and advocate for healthy living (“I was still swimming when I was nine months pregnant”), practising yoga for 17 years and working as a trainer for six years. “As a trainer, I only had to boost a little for the competition,” says Ho, who competed in the “athletic physique” category – the featherweight of the bodybuilding world. She emphasizes that although the training was a
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challenge, her insistence on maintaining good eating and exercise habits proved to be her greatest asset. “I eat quite a lot, but I pick what I eat,” she says, admitting to the occasional indulgence in high-calorie desserts. Part of her motivation was to show women that being skinny is not necessarily healthy. “If you don’t keep up the exercise and healthy eating, you could still be skinny but saggy.”
I like doing yoga out on the rocks, facing the ocean She stresses the importance of being realistic and disciplined about exercise. “Choose a gym you will go to. Don’t waste money or time by joining a far-away gym that you won’t return to after a few sessions,” she advises.
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“My own training is versatile. I always do yoga, because yoga is a type of strength training; it brings balance and calmness to my mind and life.”
Now back in Hong Kong permanently, Ho has set about building a business as a personal trainer. As well as studio work, she travels to her clients’ homes throughout Hong Kong offering training in yoga with some upperbody Thai boxing. As often as possible, she takes her clients outdoors to exercise in Hong Kong’s open spaces. “I like doing yoga out on the rocks, facing the ocean,” says Ho, who believes the essence of yoga is to develop a keen awareness of your body, how it reacts and feels, even while resting. “My training is mostly about what clients need. Some are satisfied with yoga but some want to sweat so we might do upper-body boxing. I always talk my clients through their eating habits.”
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Training days My pleasures in life are simple these days. Top of the list is seeing our dogs leaving for new homes – particularly the long-termers. Failing that, watching the dogs and puppies in the early evening, when they particularly like to play, never fails to entertain and fascinate me. The dogs form small groups of friends, although others from outside their inner circle are permitted to join in when there’s a game in progress. There is no “alpha dog”, no grand master, just a group of younger and older dogs divided only by age – but not always so. Busting the myth of the alpha role is one of the hardest things when it comes to owners understanding their dogs. Certain television celebrities have perpetuated this concept, recommending the “alpha roll” – pinning a dog on its back to show who is the master. I’ve spent years watching dogs, and while there are arguments and sometimes fights, I’ve never seen dogs behave the way these “dog whisperers” do.
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Understanding your dog is the key to good behaviour, says Sally Andersen.
There are bully dogs and there are wimps, and the understanding between them is very clear, but it is made through body language and facial expression. A stand-off between two equals involves ears and lips drawn back and what I call a “Maori tongue” – the same display made during a Hakka and one every rugby fan will know. This display lasts a few minutes and
includes a “spitting” bark, before both sides withdraw with their honour intact. The trick to being a good trainer, and the owner of a well-behaved and happy pet, is to understand dogs’ language and to use it to convey benign strength on one side and trust on the other. Successful dog training is a bit like successful parenting; a matter of loving guidance rather than bullying into submission. God forbid that any parent would strap a shock collar or a metal choke chain around a child’s neck, so why on earth should it be different for a dog? Teaching good behaviour through reward and positive reinforcement is the best and only way to go.
Sally Andersen is the founder of Hong Kong Dog Rescue, a charity that rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes unwanted or abandoned dogs.
pets Walkies! Cherrie Yu joins the pack for the 10th annual Peak to Fong charity dog walk. It’s an annual event that sets tails wagging right across Hong Kong. On November 17, thousands of owners and their dogs will gather in a happy, yappy pack for the 10th annual Peak to Fong dog walk in aid of Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR).
Thousands of owners and their dogs gather in a happy, yappy pack Picture: HKDR Photography Club
Many of the dogs will have passed through the hands of the HKDR, a charity set up by our columnist Sally Andersen (see previous page) to rescue and shelter stray and abandoned dogs. All funds raised by the sponsored walk will go to HKDR’s operating costs, veterinary care and the purchase of food, dog beds and kennel supplies. The event also aims to highlight the joys of dog companionship and spread the message of responsible pet ownership. Once again it is
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sponsored by the Walt Disney Company (Asia Pacific) and its animated character, Stitch. This year’s slogan – “Ohana means family. Family means that no one gets left behind or forgotten” – will be printed on each of the 3,000 T-shirts that serve as entry tickets and which have become collectibles. The $220 admission also includes a doggie bag of goodies.
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This year, HKDR is hoping to raise $1 million for its Tai Po Homing Centre, which houses hundreds of homeless dogs, as well as its smaller centre on Ap Lei Chau. And to encourage walkers to sign up as many sponsors as possible, a list of awesome prizes will soon be revealed for those who raise the most cash. Walkers gather at the Peak Galleria and stroll downhill to Lan Kwai Fong, where pooches and their owners will find the street lined with food and drinks stalls, live performances, auctions and plenty of fun and games. It’s a fun day, and always a sell-out, so grab your T-shirt ticket early.
FACTBOX: Date: Sunday, November 17 Time: 11am-4pm Meeting Point: The Peak Galleria, The Peak Tickets: $220 (children $180) from www.hongkongdogrescue.com.
aka Sus scrofa The ancestors of domestic pigs, wild boars can be found in forested areas throughout Europe and northern Africa, Asia, Australia and the USA. The species found in Hong Kong is the Eurasian wild pig and is common in rural areas such as Sai Kung. Growing up to two metres long and weighing up to 200kg, the wild pig is Hong Kong’s largest native land mammal. They have relatively large heads and short legs, with whitish hair on top of the muzzle, face, cheeks and throat. Piglets have light stripes along their torsos, but the pattern fades after six months and by a year old they have adult colouration. Males have well-developed tusks that curve outwards from the mouth while females have smaller, sharp canines that do not protrude. The wild pig is an omnivore that feeds on grass, nuts, berries, birds, insects, small animals and even young deer. Its natural predators include large snakes. When
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Who was Hiram? Bill Lake uncovers the truth behind Hiram’s Highway. For years, I’ve heard Hiram’s Highway got its name from the man who built it and his love for “Hiram K. Potts” brand sausages. But while researching a book on Hebe Haven Yacht Club last year, I discovered the road’s builder variously named as Hiram Potts, K. Potts, Lt. Potts, Captain Potts and Major Potts. Even Sir Denis Bray in his book Hong Kong Metamorphosis incorrectly named him as Hiram Potts, but correctly recorded that he was a Lieutenant in the Royal Marine Commandos. This is how he described his time as a District Officer. “The district had no major towns and only two roads. One was a good two-lane prewar road down the length of the Clear Water Bay peninsula to a gun emplacement for the defence of the eastern approaches to Hong Kong. In early postwar years, a permit was required for access to this road as nearly the whole length of it was used as an ammunition store, the munitions being stored in little huts at intervals on alternate sides of the road. The main road to Sai Kung town was a jeep track rejoicing in the name of Hiram’s Highway. It was built by the army in the very early postwar years as a reward for the resistance by the Sai Kung people during the Japanese occupation. “The road derives its name from the Commando Lieutenant, Hiram Potts, who was in charge of its building in the early postwar days. He and his commandos laboured alongside people of the district to construct a perilous jeep track down from the Clear Water Bay Road. Traffic could only move one way, and if you missed the timing, you had to wait
the Japanese found it difficult to control. It was also home to the Hong Kong Independent Battalion of the Guangdong People’s Anti Japanese Guerrilla Force. (a branch of the East River Column). The only way in was by foot or by boat. So with military logic, a Marine Commando, with an engineering background limited to digging trenches in India and gun emplacements on the Orkney Islands in Scotland, was now tasked with constructing a road with 80 Marines plus Japanese and Korean POWs. A visiting officer made a sign reading “Hiram’s Highway” and the name stuck. It was later replaced with a stone at the junction with Clearwater Bay Road.
Inspector Christopher Potts with the stone for the road his father built.
40 minutes for the next window of opportunity. The widened road was only opened for two-way traffic just before Chinese New Year in 1960.” Lieutenant John Wynne Potts of 42 Royal Commando had a good war raiding the Japanese in coastal Burma. He arrived in Hong Kong with Admiral Harcourt’s liberation fleet and a passion for the Hiram K. Potts tinned sausages supplied by Americans to Britain during the war. The English love a nickname so Lt. John Wynne Potts acquired the nickname of Hiram. Before the war, Sai Kung was remote and difficult to get to, which was one of the reasons
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Traffic could only move one way, and if you missed the timing, you had to wait 40 minutes for the next window of opportunity At a dress parade in Hong Kong in 1949, Potts received the order “Officers draw swords” and drew and presented only half a sword – it had been broken the night before during a light-hearted (drunken) sword fight with a fellow officer. He continued the parade regardless. Potts was in the Marines for 36 years until 1978, also seeing action in Cyprus and Malaya. He died in 2009 in Chichester. His son, Christopher, was an inspector in the Hong Kong Police.
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