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The really useful magazine November 2013


treat yourself... PEOPLE 6 Snapped! Southside’s social life. THE PLANNER 8 Happening in November All the fun of the fairs. five minutes with... 14 The balloon man Stanley’s pop-up balloon twister. NEWS 16 What’s going on? Party time on Southside. LOCAL Cover image was shot by photographer, Graham Uden. See his work at

20 Making the list Pok Fu Lam Village joins a world monument watch list.

INTERVIEW 22 All the right moves Panto time with the Hong Kong Players’ choreographer. charity focus 24 Movember Can you grow a mo, bro? FEATURE 26 Guest guide Where to take granny. 34 Online shopping guide Click and spend. EATING 38 Check in Dining in Southside’s favourite hotels. Plus our Thanksgiving guide.



31 EDUCATION 42 Kellett goes Kowloon Kellett’s new campus. Plus applications open for Nord Anglia International School. FAMILY 48 Apps we like Hong Kong apps that make life better. big day out 50 Route Twisk Drive to the roof of Hong Kong. HEALTH & BEAUTY


52 Anna lets rip How a bodybuilder got into award-winning shape. PETS

CREATURE FEATURE 59 Eurasian wild pig The facts. MARKETPLACE 60 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 Birgit Vagani Art and soul food in Ap Lei Chau.

56 Walkies Ten years of the Peak to Fong.

“Autumn… the year’s last, loveliest smile.” – William Cullen Bryant


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Nov 2 Spanish Women’s Association Annual Party Barbecue, buffet, cocktails, music and more. From 8pm, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Kellett Island, Causeway Bay. Tickets and details from

Nov 2 Discovery Montessori Open Day Find out more about this Montessori kindergarten with campuses in Central and Discovery Bay. 10am-noon. 3/F Mandarin Building, 35-43B Bonham Strand, Central, 2850 8006,

Nov 3 Sasa Ladies’ Purse Day 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 15 Oxfam Trailwalker

Nov 3 Diwali Festival

The seriously fit take to the hills for this annual race along the 100km MacLehose Trail. Applications are closed, but cheer them on their way. For details, see

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Nov 4 Matchbox Twenty Live in Hong Kong Touring Asia for the first time. Star Hall, KITEC, Kowloon Bay. Tickets $788 from, 3128 8288.

Nov 7-9 International Wine and Spirits Fair Sample quality wine and spirits, beer and other alcoholic beverages, and learn about wine production, education, logistics and services for wine buyers everywhere. Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai,

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Until Nov 16 Marco Polo Oktoberfest Lederhosen, beer steins and oompah bands. L6, Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tickets from

Until Nov 3 Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival Hong Kong on a plate: wine, food, live music and entertainment set against the city’s sparkling skyline. Central Harbourfront (near piers 9 and 10),


Nov 5 Melbourne Cup Place your bets! 10.30am-6pm, Happy Valley Racecourse. Tickets $850-$1,290, including drinks, lunch and entertainment, from the Australian Association at

happening in november Nov 7-9 The Wizard of Oz Join the children and parents of Yew Chung International School on a trip down the Yellow Brick Road. Tickets $120 from 7pm, YCIS, 3 To Fuk Road, Kowloon Tong, 2339 6994.

Nov 9-10 Cyberport Weekend Harvest Bazaar Lots of shopping plus performances by African drummers, games and face painting. 11.30am-6pm. Cyberport Ocean View Court, Pok Fu Lam,

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,

Nov 15-16 Wine HK 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


Nov 16 Steelcase Dragon Run 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

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,

Nov 17 Peak to Fong 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

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Nov 17 Stanley Carnival

Nov 23 Lamma Fun Day

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

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,

Nov 17 Southern District Shore Run Join in the 8km run from Aberdeen Athletic to Repulse Bay. Dress to impress with prizes for best costume. Details at

Nov 23 Race with Pink Heels

Nov 22-23 Alicia Keys live in Macau

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,

Now playing two nights. The Venetian Theatre, Venetian Macau. Tickets from $480-$1580 from

Nov 28 Thanksgiving Turkey time, USA.

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

Nov 23-24 Lan Kwai Fong Festival Mardi Gras in the Fong. 1pm-late. Lan Kwai Fong,

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.

Nov 30 Great American Barbecue Celebrate Thanksgiving with slow-cooked meat, fine wines, handcrafted brews, a bouncy castle, funfair and live music. 11am9pm. The Podium at Cyberport, Pok Fu Lam. Tickets $150-$300 from 2915 5335, www.

Book now Dec 1 Savills Corporate Sevens Celebrating its 30th year with lots of changes, including a kids’ zone, food, beer tents and great rugby. All proceeds go to Po Leung Kuk for a new multi-surface pitch. Free entry. So Kon Po Recreation Ground, 55 Caroline Hill Road,

Dec 3 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,

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.

Jan 12 James Blunt Live in Hong Kong It’s going to be beyootiful. It’s true. Tickets $580-$980 from www.hkticketing. com, 3128 8288.

Dec 5 Julio Iglesias Live Enrique’s dad hits town. Tickets $880-$3880 from www.hkticketing. com, 3128 8288.

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

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all the fun of the fairs

Nov 7 AWA Charity Bazaar

Nov 30 German Swiss International School

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,

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,

Nov 15 Glenealy School The annual International Bazaar features food stalls from Japan, Korea, China, Thailand and the Philippines as well as Western cuisines, with wine and Prosecco from the bar. Kids’ games will be all about the experience rather than winning and there are plans for a beauty booth and a fake first aid station (mummy-style bandages and buckets of ink blood). 5.30pm8pm, 7 Hornsey Road, Mid-Levels, 2522 1919.


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 16 Chinese International School

Dec 1 Italian Women’s Association

This popular annual fair welcomes more than 3,000 visitors and this year promises to be even more fun as it is also CIS’ 30th anniversary. Themed “Phoenix Power”, it will have games and prizes, food by Pizza Express and Outback Steak House, a bake sale, charity stalls, student entertainment and sports for students, parents, faculty and alumni. 10am-4pm. 1 Hau Yuen Path, Braemar Hill, North Point, 2510 7288.

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.

Nov 24 Canadian International School With bouncy castles, pony rides, sumo wrestling, shopping, music and refreshments, the mega Family Fun Fair fills the school from top to bottom. Tickets $150 for school-age children; free for adults and the under-2s. 11am to 4pm. 36 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen, 2525 7088.

Dec 6 Quarry Bay School Quarry Bay School’s Christmas Carols Evening includes festive songs and entertainment, mulled wine, hot chocolate and “Christmas dinner” sandwiches. 6pm-8.30pm. 6 Hau Yuen Path, Braemar Hill, North Point, 2566 4242.

news Fill a Box of Hope 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 – and giftwrap it ready for drop-off on November 4-8. There are prizes for the best-decorated box, so don’t be afraid to get creative. For details and a list of collection points, please visit

Marriott comes to Southside Marriott looks set to be the operator of Ocean Park’s new Ocean Hotel. The new 495-room Ocean Hotel will be built on a 17,044 sqm site in front of the main entrance. It is expected to break ground in early 2014 and be completed and open by early 2017. The estimated construction cost is HK$2.5 billion.


Southside makes a splash Put your hands together for last month’s inaugural Southern District Beach Games and International Beach Water Polo Tournament. Two hundred athletes competed in an array of water and beach sports that attracted thousands of spectators as Repulse Bay was transformed into a sports arena. Dozens of events included a pier-to-pier open-water

swimming challenge (The FIVE), dodgeball and handball clashes, canoe polo, Muy Thai and a Shark-themed sand sculpture competition. A highlight was the beach water polo, which pitted Hong Kong against elite teams from Singapore, Shanghai, Japan, Macau and Hungary. Local team Chuang’s Brother became the deserved champions.

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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, 9.30am-3pm, LG3 Car Park at Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Clearwater Bay. For bookings, call Hudson at 9045 5942 or email

Gluten-free bakery Hong Kong’s first “uncontaminated” gluten-free bakery and cafe opens this month in Wong Chuk Hang. The brainchild of Hong Kong mum Ifat Karfry Hindes, Choice Cooperative will serve healthy brownies, brioches, cakes and breads. As well as a vegan menu, there will be sandwiches, salads, smoothies, juices, breakfasts and a children’s menu. Tea and coffee come with a choice of dairy or non-dairy milks. Hindes spent a year researching and perfecting nutritious, wholesome recipes and all items come with the seal of approval of nutritionist Louise Kane Buckley. There will be a fun play corner for little ones and health-inspired workshops and events. The space can also be hired for children’s birthday parties. 7/F BT Centre, 23 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen (in the old Baby Central premises).

Preschools hold open days Two new preschools are holding open days in the next few weeks: Safari Kid in Pok Fu Lam ’ and EtonHouse in Tai Tam. Safari Kid will have open days on November 9 and 24, 10am-2pm. It will include tours of the 7,500 sqft school and Q&A sessions, with a bouncy castle and entertainment for the little ones. Spaces are limited and reservation is recommended by emailing hk or calling 2177 0001. EtonHouse, which opens in January, is holding open days on December 6-8, 10am-4pm.

It is the first Hong Kong property for the Singapore-based international school group and will run a playgroup and kindergarten. Located in Red Hill Plaza, right next to HKIS, it has spectacular views and lots of natural light. To attend the open day, please email or visit




Flex challenge Think you can do 20 sessions of Pilates in 30 days? Here’s your chance. This month, Flex is introducing a 20-hour Pilates challenge for those who want to kick-start a fitness and health regime and get a chance to win a covetable three night package at Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary in Koh Samui or a glamour makeover at The Strand Spa and Salon. It’s also running a series of workshops including a six-day detox programme ($2,190) with Michelle Ricaille and a one-day intensive Pilates for yogis workshop on November 23 with Flex founder, Heather Thomas Shalabi. 3/F One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, 2813 2212,

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November is set to be a boozy month, with Wine and Dine, the Wine & Spirits Fair and now Wine HK, a new consumer wine event. Visitors can sample more than 560 wines at 60-plus booths, all offering discounts of at least 20 per cent on retail prices. Any wine purchased will be delivered within seven working days. The wines have been carefully selected by Wine HK’s independent panel, headed by wine critic Jeremy Oliver. One of Australia’s foremost wine writers and presenters Oliver will be focusing on Shiraz, with 28 different examples showcased at the event. November 15-16, Pop Up Wine Cellar, 63 Caroline Hill Road, Causeway Bay, 2973 0116,

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 special-needs 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 and prices are very reasonable. The coffee is a special blend of beans from Brazil, Colombia and Indonesia produced for The Nest

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The balloon twister Stanley balloon magician, Lau Man-lung, performs for Cherrie Yu. I began as a magician and performed in Singapore at fairs from 1980 to 83. After that I started working in a magic shop inside a department store and that’s where I began practicing modelling and twisting balloons. At first it was just for fun but it ignited my passion to make a career out of it. Children’s faces light up when they are handed a balloon in a magic show. Magic is fun, but some children may not be patient enough to wait till the end of the trick; balloons are a much more direct way of making them happy. You’ll find my balloon corner outside The Boathouse every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holiday (11am-6pm). The rest of the week, I work as a freelance magician and balloon twister. I dress up as Santa Claus, Cai Shen (God of Wealth) or cartoon characters at events, but I’m usually in magician’s attire.

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For private parties, I work for Western and Asian clients – mainly kids – all over Hong Kong. I perform magic or balloon twisting: roses are popular for girls and swords for boys. I like Stanley. Foreign tourists appreciate and admire my balloon twisting as an art form. My primary goal is to spread happiness; it’s not about the money. I enjoy going to Stanley Cave for bread and the delish food at The Boathouse. I need to upgrade my creations. Although I can twist up to 90 shapes, I enjoy creating new ones for holidays. Some kids are regular clients, when they come I twist something new for them on the spot. Their joyful smiles keep me going. To contact Lau Man-lung, please email

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Neighbourhood watch With the developers circling, Pok Fu Lam Village is placed on a world-heritage watch list. By Cherrie Yu.

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Pok Fu Lam Village seems an unlikely contender as a heritage site. Yet the apparently ramshackle community in the shadow of the giant Chi Fu Fa Yuen estate has a long and storied past that has now been recognised by the New Yorkbased World Monuments Fund. It has been listed alongside Venice and Yangon as a historic heritage site on the World Monuments Watch List, which is published every two years and seeks to preserve threatened heritage sites around the world. Villager Nigel Ko was one of the key players behind the movement to conserve the 300-year-old village and applied to the fund as part of his measures to ward off the developers that have long been circling this prime real estate. “It’s a place where you are woken up by birds and fall asleep to an orchestra of raindrops on wet days,” Ko says. Although most of the 2,100 villagers live in shacks made from metal sheeting, Ko is quick to point out that they are not squatters. “We would like to clarify that Pok Fu Lam Village is not a squatter village: we have more than 60 per

cent private land of either 99 or 999 years leasehold,” he says. Hidden among the village shacks are some heritage gems, including a grade two-listed octagonal cowshed and offices from the original dairy farm and a grade one Western house. Cultural heritage includes the Mid-Autumn fire dragon dance. Ko was not alone in his struggle to protect Pok Fu Lam Village. He joined forces with another young villager, Steven Chui, a fellow student on the Hong Kong University’s architectural

conservation programme, and the pair sought the advice of their course director, Professor Lee Ho-yin. He suggested they apply to the fund, which they did after discussions with the Pokfulam Village Cultural Landscape Conservation Group. “Being nominated in the Watch List does not mean we are fully protected,” Ko explains, noting that until there is legislation to protect the village the threat of redevelopment still exists. He is in the process of creating a stronger shield to protect the heritage site, including applying to the Antiques Advisory Board for graded monument status, requesting the Town Planning Board to rezone parts of the village and urging the government to review its squatter policy and preserve the village permanently. This month, he will also be running tours and workshops for the public as part of the Pok Fu Lam Heritage Settlement Festival every Saturday and Sunday until November 17. For details, email Nigel Ko at


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She’s behind you! Well, slap my thigh, it’s panto time. Oh yes, it is. Carolynne Dear meets the Hong Kong Players’ choreographer Charlotte Smith. The costumes are fabulous. Last year, Dame Lovely flew from the rafters dressed as Mary Poppins. It was an expensive and complicated piece of staging, but well worth it. I work closely with the wardrobe department when choreographing. If there are a lot of cartwheels, it’s good to minimize the amount of underwear flashes. Our costume designer is full of wacky ideas. During the Beijing Olympics she created dresses designed to look like the bird cage and ice cube stadiums for Cinderella’s ugly sisters. My most memorable pantomime moment was dancing in the chorus in Aladdin alongside my two daughters. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be on stage with my girls.

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Anyone can audition. This year our youngest dancer is 10, and our oldest is in her 30s. Rehearsals begin in September, three times a week. It’s fun, but hard work.

Charlotte Smith (right) with Ambyr Dunn as Snow White. Right: the chorus in rehearsal.

Pantomime preparation begins in June, with casting and auditions and the writers getting together to work on the script. There are usually a lot of familiar faces as well as new actors – Hong Kong is full of talent. This year’s pantomime is Sleeping Beauty. Expect much whooping, hollering and an over-the-top show filled with festive fun. Hong Kong Players is the longest-running community theatre group in Hong Kong. The pantomime, which has been staged every year since 1961, is its biggest and most extravagant production of the year. Pantomimes are for the whole family, you can take your youngest child or your 93-yearold granny and everyone will have a good time. Traditionally they contain lots of slapstick comedy, gender-crossing actors, dance


routines and topical humour. A key element is audience participation, whether you’re booing the baddie, singing along to the songs or screaming, “He’s behind you!” I have been involved with the Hong Kong pantomime for eight years. When I arrived in Hong Kong I thought it would be a good way to meet people, so I danced in the chorus in Jack and the Beanstalk. The following year I was asked to choreograph Snow White and I have worked on four of the last eight productions. I trained as a classical dancer with England’s Northern Ballet. I concentrated on classical and contemporary dance, then started to perform in musicals and cabaret. I danced in my first pantomime – Cinderella – as a Christmas job to get my Equity Union card. Barbara Windsor was the lead.

By January, I’m happy to curl up on the couch at home in Pok Fu Lam. I’m very lucky to have a real fire, so I throw on a log, sit back and relax. I love walking the Dragon’s Back to Big Wave Bay for a plate of chips. But my latest thing is walking down to Kennedy Town for a cider at the Limestone Arms. It does a fabulous Thai curry. I love Hong Kong. I can walk out of my front door and hike, but the city buzz and excitement is only a 10-minute taxi ride away. Sleeping Beauty runs from November 29-December 8 at the Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai,


Left: Marilyn Crying Suicide by Russell Young, acrylic paint, enamel screen print with diamond dust on somerset paper. Above: The Cat Street Gallery’s Aberdeen annex.

Art in Aberdeen Visit The Cat Street Gallery’s new annex for affordable art that makes the perfect present. The Cat Street Gallery is a favourite among art lovers for its championing of international contemporary art in Hong Kong. And now it’s more accessible than ever thanks to the opening of a large annex in the heart of Aberdeen. At 3,000 sqft, the new space is a welcome departure from the small galleries typical of SoHo and Sheung Wan. With a wide variety of stock works and more affordable speciality pieces that you won’t see at the main gallery, the new space has something for everyone. Gallery director and founder Mandy d’Abo says, “It’s a great

It’s the perfect solution for the person who has everything way to see a wide variety of styles and mediums of art in one place, and at prices to suit a range of budgets. We always refer to our annex as a treasure trove. It is a fun experience with lots of hanging racks to rummage through and someone on hand to help consult or inform on the artists if you need it.”

With the festive season in mind, The Cat Street Gallery will be holding a special preholiday sale in Aberdeen on December 14 and 15. Just in time for Christmas, it’s the perfect solution when buying for the person in your life who has everything. There will be big discounts on stock works so you’ll no doubt be able to hunt down a bargain during the two-day sale. Alternatively, let someone special choose their own highly personal gift with the gallery’s tailor-made gift vouchers. Load the voucher with as much credit as you wish to be spent on an artwork of the recipient’s choice. The gallery also offers gift voucher recipients a complimentary in-house consultation with a specialist from The Cat Street Gallery to help pick out something that suits their space and unique personal style. Alternatively, arrange a private viewing for your friend to wander the racks in peace and choose an artwork they’ll treasure forever. During December, don’t miss the innovative group show at the main gallery on Hollywood Road. Titled ‘Works on Paper’, the exhibition will feature both unique works and limited edition prints by local and international artists. There will be a wide selection of works on display that will appeal to a variety of tastes. It’s a great place to start your Christmas shopping for a piece of art that will be enjoyed for years to come. Main gallery: 222 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, 2291 0006 Aberdeen annex: 26/F Gee Chang Hong Centre, 65 Wong Chuk Hang Road, 2544 6223.


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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





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 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, or connect with the local movement on Facebook and Twitter.


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Clockwise from above: Stanley Military Cemetery, a trip on the Peak Tram; chilling at Shek O Beach.

Here comes the good weather and with it, like migrating birds, come the houseguests. Whether you’re expecting family for the umpteenth time, or friends on their first trip to Asia, our visitors’ survival guide, packed with best-kept secrets, will help them make the most of their time in Hong Kong with or without you. The Peak With its justly famous view, The Peak is Hong Kong’s most popular tourist attraction. A vertiginous trip on the Peak Tram is a quintessential city experience – make sure you have Octopus cards to hand to jump the queue. At the top, escape the shopping arcades and go for a walk. Outside the Peak Lookout (book a table for your journey’s end) is a choice of

three roads: take the one on the right, Lugard Road, around the mountain for great views of the skyscrapers, Victoria Harbour and Lantau. On reaching Harlech Road, either keep straight to return to the Peak – a much-loved family walk – or turn off into Lung Fu Shan Country Park if you’re feeling more adventurous. Take the track by the pagoda. Descend the steps and keep left on a shaded walk through Pok Fu Lam Country Park. Keep going until you meet the Pok Fu Lam Family Walk, where you can turn left and climb back up to the Peak Terminus or turn right and descend to the reservoir. From the road, catch some transport back to Central or on to Aberdeen for lunch.

Need to know: the Peak Tram departs every 10-15 minutes from the Garden Road Peak Tram terminus in Central. Open daily, 7am to midnight. Adult return $40, child return $18. Shek O It’s no secret that Shek O is considered by many to be the best beach on Hong Kong Island, but it can feel like one on a weekday afternoon. Tucked away on the southeastern edge of the island, it provides the stunning backdrop to many Cantopop videos. As well as the beach, Shek O has an eccentric, laidback seaside village about as far from the city madness as it is possible to get


guest guide Cape D’Aguilar Lighthouse.

on Hong Kong Island. The Dragon’s Back peaks, high above the bay, are a popular paragliding site and nearby Big Wave Bay is Hong Kong’s only officially designated surfing beach. Treat yourself to lunch at the legendary Shek O Chinese and Thai – ignore the plastic chairs and toiletpaper napkins and focus on delicious seafood at dirt-cheap prices. But our favourite Shek O secret spot is Ben’s Back Beach Bar (273 Shek O Village, 2809 2268) on the far side of the village, overlooking a small beach. Little more than a brick-lined hole in the wall, with a few stools and pictures of movie stars, it’s a chilled-out spot for a cold beer, some reggae and a chat. Need to know: leave Shau Kei Wan MTR station via exit A3 and take bus 9 to Shek O. Cape D’Aguilar Lighthouse The lighthouse at Cape D’Aguilar is the oldest in Hong Kong, entering service on April 16, 1875, following the opening of the Suez Canal and the subsequent growth of trade in Hong Kong. Its location on the southeastern


tip of Hong Kong Island was chosen to guide shipping into the eastern approaches to Victoria Harbour. Positioned 200 feet above sea level the lamp could be seen from 23 miles away. Since then, its history has been off and on. In 1896 – three years after the construction of a lighthouse on the more usefully located Waglan Island – Cape D’Aguilar lighthouse was switched off and stood disused until 1975, when a new automated lantern wa installed. Today, it still shines bright. Need to know: Take bus 9 from Shau Kei Wan MTR station to Cape D’Aguilar Road. Follow the road to The Swire Institute of Marine Science of HKU. St Stephen’s Beach A 15-minute walk south of Stanley, the town’s “other” beach is decidedly less busy than crowded Main Beach. It has clean sand, shady trees and plenty of barbecue pits. It was once home to a British military sailing club that is now a public watersports centre ( hk) offering sailing, windsurfing and kayaking lessons and equipment hire at reasonable rates. Need to know: Take bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 from Exchange Square bus terminus (near Hong Kong MTR station, Exit D) to Stanley Village, then bus 14 to the military cemetery. Cross the road and take the steps or follow the

guest guide road to the beach. Alternatively, from the bus terminus walk along Wong Ma Kok Road, past St Stephen’s College. Stanley Military Cemetery Used by British military soldiers and their families from 1841 to 1866, this cemetery has been immaculately maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It was closed for 70 years (when the military used the Hong Kong Cemetery at Happy Valley) until World War II, when Stanley saw intense fighting during the Japanese invasion, and was later the site of a prisoner-of-war camp. During the war, a further 598 people were buried here, many of whom were unidentified. Today, it’s a green and peaceful place with manicured lawns and rows of neat white headstones. One notable exception is the section that contains the graves of those who died in the POW camp, mostly civilians, which are marked with whatever headstones the prisoners could fashion. One poignant stone marks the grave of Mary Williamson, who died in the internment camp, and commemorates her grandson who was killed in the battle for Stanley and whose remains lie in an unknown grave. Need to know: See St Stephen’s Beach for directions.

Chung Hom Kok The island’s beaches come into their own at this time of year. Cooler, less crowded and a lot more tranquil than on scorching summer days, they are still warm enough for sunbathing and the water is deliciously cool. One of the prettiest and most secluded is Chung Hom Kok, reached on a sundappled path down a wooded hillside rife with butterflies. The water is turquoise and usually clean (check on the beach’s water cleanliness

Sunset at Chung Hom Kok.

monitoring board) and there are shells to collect and boats drifting by. The beach is patrolled from April to October and there is a kiosk selling soft drinks, snacks and inflatable water toys. There are clean changing rooms and fringing trees for morning shade. Locals say Chung Hom Kok Beach has the best sunsets in Hong Kong. Need to know: The beach is at the end of Chung Hom Kok Road; turn right off Repulse Bay Road at the headland before Stanley. Hong Kong Maritime Museum The revamped Hong Kong Maritime Museum moved early this year from Stanley to Pier 8, Central. The new museum is five times larger, with 15 galleries that explore Hong Kong’s fascinating maritime history through model boats, tales of sea bandits, paintings and interactive displays. There are cannons, navigation equipment and ships’ bells and even a replica ship’s bridge to play on. Deck B of the gallery boasts fantastic views over Victoria Harbour and the viewing area shows just how much of this historic waterway has been reclaimed over the years. Need to know: open Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm, Sat-Sun, 10am-7pm; $30/adult, $15/child. Central Ferry Pier 8 (next to Star Ferry),


guest guide Aberdeen Country Park The shaded paths of Aberdeen Country Park are perfect for an afternoon amble. There is a shorter, lower reservoir trail and an upper trail that takes about an hour. Take a cab or walk up steep Aberdeen Reservoir Road to this lush green oasis, which has a family walk and nature discovery centre 400m from the entrance. There are plenty of benches, tables and barbecue areas, so load up the picnic baskets. Built in 1931, the two reservoirs were the last to be completed on Hong Kong Island. Today, they are surrounded by dense woodland and Aberdeen Valley is a major roost for black kites, which congregate en masse in the evenings. Need to know: The park can be accessed from Aberdeen Reservoir Road, a couple of minutes from central Aberdeen. For details, see Horizon Plaza, Ap Lei Chau If you’ve got a shopper in your posse – particularly one with an eye for a bargain – the Horizon Plaza outlets rarely fail to disappoint. From discounted top-end fashion to stylish homeware with an Asian flavour, the warehouse-style shops will keep retail hounds happy. Others can wait out the shopping frenzy in peace at Classified in Tequila Kola, Pacific Coffee in Shambala or Tree Café.

Need to know: 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, 2554 9089. From Central, take bus 90 from Exchange Square or bus 91 from Central Ferry Piers to the Ap Lei Chau Estate terminus and switch to the Horizon Plaza shuttle bus. Parking available.

Need to know: Catch a ferry from Stanley or Aberdeen piers, see for timetables. Ming Kee seafood restaurant, 2849 7038. Lamma Island Known for its seafood, laidback lifestyle and friendly community, Lamma Island is just 30 minutes and a world away from Aberdeen. Visitors arriving by ferry have a couple of options. Yung Shue Wan in the northwest is the main “town”, with alleyways bursting with trinket shops, restaurants, bars and organic shops. Flop on a couch at the Bookworm Cafe, pull a book from the shelves and while away the afternoon with a soy cappuccino and tofu burger. It’s a short walk

Po Toi Island Foaming waves crash against rugged cliffs on Hong Kong’s southernmost island, which is criss-crossed with hiking trails with unmatched views over the South China Sea. This is a popular junk-trip destination not least because of the world-class black-pepper squid at Ming Kee Seafood Restaurant, situated beachside on a huge wooden deck open on three sides. Feast while the kids frolic on the sand. Ruined buildings across the island are testament to the attractions of a booming city just across the water. Old Mo’s House, also known as the Ghost House, was used by Japanese soldiers during World War II. Other attractions include a Tin Hau temple, Turtle Rock, Monk Rock and Palm Rock on the southern headland. It takes a leap of imagination to Po Toi offers hiking and great seafood. see the shapes.

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Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma, is popular with junk trippers.

to two beaches: Power Station Beach – home to the island’s Full Moon Parties – and the busier Hung Shing Yeh Beach, with lifeguards. Sok Kwu Wan on the east coast is famous for its strip of seafood restaurants thronging with junk-trippers. Turn a blind eye to the old quarry on the other side of the bay and focus on the food. Rainbow Seafood Restaurant even runs a Fishermen’s Village tourist experience on fishing rafts out in the bay for a fun diversion. Or try old stalwart the Lamma Hilton for superb black-pepper prawns. After lunch, take the easy 15-minute trail to pretty Lo Shing Beach on the

west coast, or the 45-minute walk over the hill to Yung Shue Wan. More serious hikers might consider tackling Mount Stenhouse, Lamma’s highest peak at 353 metres. Need to know: Catch a wooden kaido from Aberdeen (the last pier before the fish market) to Sok Kwu Wan ( or Yung Shue Wan ( For details of the Full Moon Parties and other events, visit www. Bookworm Cafe, 79 Yung Shue Wan Main Street, 2982 4838. Rainbow Seafood Restaurant, 2982 8100. Lamma Hilton Shum Kee Restaurant, 2982 8290.

Guest essentials 1. Treat your guests to an Octopus card. 2. Load an old mobile with key numbers, including a taxi call service. 3. Introduce guests to your friends, who may offer tourist advice and even invite them out. 4. As it’s granny season, meet up with any friends who have visiting rellies that might enjoy each others’ company.



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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 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.

iHerb 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

Tiny Footprints 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.

Nuan Cashmere 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 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 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.


SnapSack 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. House and home Sleep Naked Ever wondered where luxury hotels get their

crisp, cool bedding? Right here, that’s where. 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 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 For unusual or personalised gifts, British online store 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 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.

feature selection of USDA prime steaks, Spanish Duroc pork, US organic chicken and premium seafood including king crab’s legs and sashimi-grade scallops. Delivery is free on orders of more than $500; order before 10am for same-day delivery.

Food and wine South Stream Seafoods After years of supplying Hong Kong’s top restaurants, hotels and airline caterers, South Stream Seafoods has also built a reputation for 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 Premium quality food delivered safely and quickly to your door. Order online from a


Secret Ingredient 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 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 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 icepops and ice-creams. Wine ’n’ Things 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.

eating Check in Adele Rosi dines out in Southside’s favourite hotels. Le Meridien Cyberport Unlike many Hong Kong hotels, Le Meridien Cyberport is child-friendly and actively encourages local families to eat at its restaurants. Its chic modern venue, Prompt, recently introduced a Kids’ Buffet Corner at its Sunday brunch with mini burgers, popcorn, candyfloss and even a magic show (1pm2pm), toys and cartoons. With the kids happily occupied, adults can feast on barbecued oysters, prawns and sausages poolside, while the hotel’s chef whips up scrumptious egg Le Meridien Cyberport.













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dishes on request. The dessert buffet includes a chocolate fountain and Japanese-style charcoal mango caramel cake. Sundays, 11.30am-3pm, adults $558 (plus $180 for unlimited Moet et Chandon), children $279. 4/F, Le Méridien Cyberport, 100 Cyberport Road, Pok Fu Lam, 2980 7417, The T Hotel As a hospitality training school, prices are reasonable at The T Hotel and staff try exceedingly hard to please. Several dining options are open to hotel guests and members of the English-Speaking Dining Society (www. The Lounge is a relaxing spot for breakfast, afternoon tea or pre-dinner cocktails. The Western Training Restaurant offers a selection of classical and contemporary European dishes at lunchtime (noon-2.30pm on weekdays), as well as regular themed dinners by guest chefs. The Chinese Cuisine Training

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Restaurant features authentic regional dishes prepared by the trainees of the Chinese Cuisine Training Institute. Open weekdays noon-2.30pm and Friday evening, 6pm-9.30pm (except public holidays). 1/F VTC Pok Fu Lam Complex, 145 Pok Fu Lam Road, Pok Fu Lam, 2538 2792,

The daily set menu varies with the day’s catch flown in from Japan L’Hotel Island South If you manage to score a lie-in – or need to reward yourself after taking the kids to mini rugby – head to L’Hotel Island South for brunch at LIS Café. Dishes change on a regular basis but the Italian pasta counter is a staple that’s likely to keep fussy children (and the rest of us)

happy. A children’s counter features favourites such as crispy chicken nuggets, French fries, California pizza, coconut jelly cubes and popcorn. 11.30am-3pm; adults $265, children $163. P3, 55 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, 3968 8833,

often makes an appearance. Open Mon-Sat, with seatings at 6pm and 8.30pm. 29 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, 2643 6800 or 9697 6800,

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Sushi Shikon at The Mercer Located within easy reach of Pok Fu Lam, the Sheung Wan boutique hotel The Mercer offers premium Japanese dining at tiny Sushi Shikon. The eight-seat restaurant (formerly known as Sushi Yoshitake) boasts two Michelin stars; its sister restaurant in Tokyo has three. By tradition, the counter is two chopsticks wide to preserve the balance between server and patron. The daily set menu depends on the day’s catch flown in from Japan (call ahead with any preferences or allergies), and there’s a world-class wine list to complement the sushi menu. Chef Yoshitake



Talking turkey Thanksgiving to go. Mandarin Oriental Can’t cook? Won’t cook? The Mandarin Cake Shop offers a range of five-star Thanksgiving 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, Main St Deli at The Langham The Langham’s authentic New York-style 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,, 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 Cooking classes with Cath Kidston and Secret Ingredient. ($950; a traditional version is Secret Ingredient $750). Turkeys come with homemade cranberry Learn to prep for the holiday season with festive bourbon relish and red wine gravy, with optional cooking classes by Cath Kidston and Secret Louisiana stuffing (aka cornbread dressing; Ingredient this month. Head chef Jesse will $350-$600) made with andouille sausage, ground reveal how to whip up a three-course holiday beef and pecan nuts. Go the whole hog and add meal, including a roast with all the trimmings, a honey pecan, pumpkin, sweet potato, apple or while you indulge in canapés and a glass of chocolate pecan pie ($280-$450). Available Nov wine before sitting down to enjoy the fruits of 15-Dec 31; order at least a week in advance. your labour. Space is limited. Details at 17 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, 2530 3880,,

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Cococabana Fergus Fung reviews the new location of Southside’s legendary beachside restaurant.

The rain stopped and the sky cleared (briefly) for our wedding anniversary in September. Seizing the opportunity, my wife and I tucked the kids into bed and headed out for an alfresco dinner at Cococabana on Shek O beach. I have always enjoyed the 7km drive down the long and winding Shek O Road. It’s a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. Cococabana is situated in the LCSD building right on Shek O beach, with a simple and pleasant white-washed interior. We opted

to sit outside, with a view over the moon-lit sea. We started with a tray of oysters so fresh and briny, they needed no further seasoning or lemon juice. Tuna carpaccio arrived in thin ruby slices in a single layer. We enjoyed the dressing of capers, anchovies and paprika, which reminded me of pasta puttanesca. And we liked wrapping the tuna around the grissini for contrasting textures. We also had scallops, which were seared golden brown. The succulent discs paired well with the herb-rich buttery sauce flavoured with lime, ginger and cucumber. A main course of lamb rump had a good texture and came with a well-made sauce of black olives – a staple of Provençal and Mediterranean cooking. But our favourite dish was whole sea bream flambéed tableside with pastis. The fish was fresh, tasty and cooked perfectly. It also came with a generous helping of olive; this restaurant is an olive-lovers’ heaven.

Around us, other diners ordered piri pirigrilled king prawns and bouillabaise, which looked amazing and had us planning a return trip, perhaps with the kids. Cococabana has been around since 1998, first on Lamma Island, then at Deep Water Bay before opening in Shek O in September. Chefrestaurateur Jean Paul Gauci has extensive experience working at Claridges, Le Petit Nice Hotel and for “iron chef” Hiroyuke Sakai. Overall, the food was excellent and good value for money, with two courses for $360 or three courses for $398 (excluding the oysters). With a location like that, booking is essential. Stars: Open daily noon-11pm. G/F Shek O Beach Building, Shek O Beach, 2812 1826. Fergus Fung co-founded the WOM Hong Kong restaurant guide, available in online and print versions. He is also a wine consultant for Bonhams 1793 and a Southern District Councillor.



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Kellett goes Kowloon With the new Kowloon Bay campus officially opening this month, Principal Ann Mcdonald celebrates the Kellett School spirit. 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 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 Prep’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.


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.

Despite this growth, the school has the same community feel it had all those years ago 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

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.

What’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.


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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 Nord Anglia International School Hong Kong, 11 On Tin Street, Lam Tin, Kowloon,,



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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., 3188 3940 or

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and the signs in certain shopping malls. 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 (note there are no stations on Southside), 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

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Bay was rated “medium quality” by Hong Kong, “above maximum limit” by the World Health Organization, “fair” by Australia, “low” by Britain, and “moderate” by the USA. Click on each country for more in-depth analysis, including levels of individual pollutants. xe Currency (free) A great app for real-time exchange rates and currencyto-currency conversions. Easy to use and a lifesaver for deciding if that dress on shopbop is really a bargain, or for working out prices on holiday. Never be out-haggled in a market again. OctoCheck (free) A handy app to check the remaining value on your Octopus Card, look up your transaction records and even your reward balance. Say goodbye to the negative doot.

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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.


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.

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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


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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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.” For details, please email



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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

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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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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it’s all downhill from here 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.

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Birgit Vagani Hannah Grogan discusses art and soul with the co-founder of Ap Lei Chau’s new gallery and canteen. How long have you been in Hong Kong? Hong Kong has become my home – it is the longest time I have lived in one place other than Italy. I arrived on August 17, 2005. It’s been eight wonderful years, although in the past three or four years I have been traveling extensively to Brazil, Mexico, US, Europe and Asia. This has changed with the new space and I will dedicate more time to Hong Kong.

Tell us about your work. This has been a transformative year. I listened to my inner voice and chose to pursue what I believe in. Together with my partner, Riccardo Bardallini (above), we have created and opened a multi-purpose platform in Ap Lei Chau, Our space encourages a more conscious form of living, by inspiring and engaging guests through art, food, nature, design and touching them on all senses. The space is divided into an International restoBar and art gallery. Artichoke canteen is mainly but not exclusively vegetarian with an allday menu and fine dining on a spacious terrace or indoors. The art gallery, toof contemporary presents thought-provoking international art with a focus on Brazilian and European artists. We also offer art- and lifestyle-related workshops.

What draws you to Southside? I fell in love with the Ap Lei Chau industrial estate on the South China Sea, the warehouse atmosphere and the creative vibe. The conversion of industrial space borrows the idea from areas such as Williamsburg in New York and the London docklands as a place to create. The area has developed over the past few years and small- to medium-sized business in the art and creative industries have set up here. The MTR will be extended to Ap Lei Chau in 2015 – it is unbelievable to see the weekend crowds flocking to Horizon Plaza, Hong Kong’s outlet shopping mall. What local issues are you passionate about? We are working on building the freshly formed South Island Cultural District of Ap Lei Chau, Wong Chuk Hang and Aberdeen. More than 25 art galleries, workshops and artist studios are here and it’s becoming a point of reference for Hong Kong’s art and culture scene. It’s a great community. What are your favourite places on Southside? I still love South Bay – I try to pop over for an

photo competiton Submit your shot Here at the Southside Magazine office, we love receiving beautiful pictures of Southside from our readers. Each month we publish our favourite. To enter, simply email your best shots of Southside, along with a brief description, to This month’s winner: Josephine Cheng. ”Boats competing in ABC Opening Regatta 2013 in Southside.”


early-morning swim during the week. It’s a little paradise with jumping fish. Do you have a Southside secret spot? My hammock. What’s your favourite local restaurant? There are a few cute little restaurants in the old part of Ap Lei Chau, one of which serves excellent spicy tofu. What do you do in your spare time? At the moment, everything seems to be connected – our activities, the people who visit us, new people we meet – there is no defined line between work and spare time. Reading a book might inspire new ideas and photography has become an integral part of what we do. Best way to enjoy the outdoors? Hong Kong is wonderful for that: mountains, hills, waterfalls, sea, waves, reservoirs, beaches, buffalos, jungle and islands, so much to explore. I enjoy camping on Hong Kong beaches. It is surreal that one can do that so close to an urban centre, and completely immerse oneself in nature. Best piece of advice you’ve been given? Live true to yourself and follow your inner direction. Each of us knows what is best for ourselves – the only difficulty is to step back, switch off our rational minds and talk to our subconscious. Find out who you are, what you love and live it without pretending.

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Southside Magazine Movember 2013  
Southside Magazine Movember 2013  

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