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PEOPLE 4 Snapped! Southside’s social life. THE PLANNER 6 Happening in October NEWS 10 What’s going on? Party time on Southside. FIVE MINUTES WITH... 14 Shek O Chinese & Thai Chilling with chilli. LOCAL 16 Turtle tail On the trail of a free green turtle. CHARITY FOCUS 18 Breast is best Support for the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation.

INTERVIEW 20 Louise Hill A graphic artist with designs on your walls. FEATURE 22 Secret dining Hideaway restaurants in Aberdeen and beyond. EATING 28 Fergus on Food Seafood on Southside. EDUCATION 30 Safe harbour Wave hello to The Harbour School. FAMILY 36 Fright night How to Halloween. OUTDOORS 40 Happy camping Hong Kong under canvas.

HEALTH & BEAUTY 44 Defying gravity Testing Flex’s aerial arts. PETS

CLASSIFIEDS 58 Loads of random useful local stuff. ULTIMATE GUIDE

46 Kitty corner Where to adopt a cat. Plus Sally Andersen on local “breeds”. CREATURE FEATURE 49 East Asian porcupine The facts.

60 All you need to know Numbers that make life easier. MY SOUTHSIDE 63 Pascale Seiler The road to happiness.

DISTRIBUTION 50 Where to find Southside Magazine Pick up your copy here! MARKETPLACE 52 Your guide to shops and services Cool stuff to buy and do.


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happening in october Until Oct 17 Huang Zhiyang exhibition Chinese contemporary art. Pékin Fine Arts Hong Kong, 16/F Union Industrial Building, 48 Wong Chuk Hang Road, 2177 6190.

Oct 1, 6, 13 & 20 Stanley International Beer Carnival Four weekends of beer and fun. Stanley Promenade. Details at

Oct 1-31 Halloween Fest Ocean Park’s annual spook fest (see p.36). Discounted tickets for HK ID card holders from, 2552 0291.

Oct 1 National Day No fireworks out of respect for the victims of last year’s ferry accident.

Oct 3-6 Asia Contemporary Art Show

Oct 19-20 Southern Beach Games Two days of sandy fun and games at Repulse Bay Beach, including a 5km open-water swim from Stanley. Details at

Oct 4-31 Disney’s Haunted Halloween

Until Oct 6 Hong Kong International Comedy Festival

Dress up for Mickey’s spooky party. Thu-Sun, Hong Kong Disneyland, Lantau,

Back for its seventh year and funnier than ever. Join the audience or stand up and take the mic. Details at

Until Oct 20 Ocean Art Walk Hong Kong Shark Foundation and Ocean Recovery Alliance host a visual exhibition about ocean conservation. L3, Core C, Cyberport,


Works by young, emerging and recognised artists. J.W. Marriott, Pacific Place, Central. Tickets $150-$240 from

Until Nov 1 Hong Kong Cleanup Take a broom to Hong Kong’s coastline, parks and urban areas in this annual series of ecoevents. Register at

planner Oct 13, 14 Cyberport Kite-flying Day Kites, grass and a fun day out for the whole family. Cyberport Promenade,

Oct 6, 13, 20, 27 Island East Markets

Oct 8-13 Ennio Marchetto

Hong Kong’s very own farmers’ market sells everything from organic veggies to vintage goodies. 11am-6pm, Tong Chong Street, Island East, Quarry Bay,

Hilarious one-man show featuring paper costumes, wigs and props. Drama Theatre, HKAPA, Wan Chai. Tickets $395-$695 from

Oct 6 Parkview Charity Bazaar More than 70 stalls, games, food and performances. 10am-5pm. The Podium, Hong Kong Parkview, 88 Tai Tam Reservoir Road,

Oct 12 Justin Bieber Live in Macau Become a Belieber (we won’t tell). CotaiArena, The Venetian Macau. Tickets $380-$1,768 from, 3128 8288.

Oct 12 Clean Half Swim The annual 15km swimming race from Stanley Main Beach to Deep Water Bay for solo swimmers or relay teams of five. Dry off at the barbecue after-party. Register at


Oct 14 Chung Yeung Festival Public holiday and ancestor-worship festival.

Oct 17-18 Charity Christmas Card & Handicraft Fair Christmas cards, wrapping paper, decorations, Christmas puddings and more at this annual event run by the Community Advice Bureau. 10am-5pm, Li Hall, St John’s Cathedral, Garden Road, Central,

Oct 20 Pink Walk Put one foot in front of the other in aid of the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation. Dress code: pink. 8.25am-1pm. The Peak. Enroll by Oct 11 at


Book now 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 17 Stanley Carnival 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

Oct 25-Nov 16 Marco Polo Oktoberfest Lederhosen, beer steins and oompah bands. L6, Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tickets from

Oct 25 Quiz night Bird brains unite at the Pickled Pelican, 8pm-10pm. 90 Stanley Main Street, Stanley, 2813 4313.

Oct 27 Spooky Halloween Party Dress up and play in the maze, mystery cave, dress-ups and more. Prizes for the spookiest family. Wise-Kids Playroom, Cyberport, Pok Fu Lam. Tickets $300 from, 2989 6298.

Oct 31 Halloween Beware trick or treaters, and things that go bump in the night. Event details on p.36.

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

DEC 7 Winter Garage Sale Book your tables now for the biannual bonanza of pre-loved goodies by calling Jean on 9045 5942. 9.30am-3pm, LG3 Car Park at Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Clearwater Bay.

Nov 29-Dec 1 Clockenflap Festival It’s back! Franz Ferdinand and Chic headline Hong Kong’s answer to the Glastonbury Festival, with seven music stages plus art, film and cabaret. West Kowloon Cultural District. Early-bird tickets $440-$980 until Oct 13 at

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Go Fly a Kite at Cyberport and canoe polo, part of the Southern Beach Games.

Call of the south It’s party time on Southside. Hannah Grogan checks out the District Council’s plans. With the sun shining and the thermometer dipping, October is always a favourite month to get out and about in Hong Kong. But this month there’s more happening than ever with the Southern District Council (SDC) splashing the cash on three events that will turn the Southside into party central: the Southern Beach Games at Repulse Bay, Stanley International Beer Carnival and Go Fly a Kite, a kiteflying festival at Cyberport. Organised in conjunction with the Southern District Office and members of the public, the events are part of the year-long Southern District Tourism and Culture Festival, a $3 million initiative to promote the area. “We try to be as creative as possible when figuring out what is to be presented in the festival,” says the SDC chairman Chu Chinghong. “We are trying out a variety of events throughout the year, including both cultural and sports programmes. The SDC will review the feedback from the community after the festival to see whether some can be sustained in future.” The festival includes annual events such as the Dragon Boat


Festival in June and the MidAutumn Festival’s Pok Fu Lam fire dragon as well as new events that aim to highlight the best of what the Southside has to offer. October kicks off with the Stanley International Beer Carnival will take place over four weekends. Each weekend focuses on beer from a different country or region, starting appropriately enough with Chinese beer on October 1, Chinese National Day. As well as the beer stalls, there will also be games, activities and art on Stanley’s waterfront promenade. Go Fly a Kite (October 1314) promises to be a colourful weekend for the whole family, featuring kite masters from Japan, India and China who will be holding kite-making workshops on October 13 and flying their stunning kites on October 14 – with opportunities for you to try your hand as well as watch the masters at work. And October 19-20 sees the Hong Kong Southern Beach Games, a fun-filled, action-packed weekend on Repulse Bay Beach. As well as a 5km swimming race, expect Hong Kong’s first

October events Oct 1, 6, 13, 20 International Beer Carnival Stanley Promenade. Oct 13-14 Go Fly a Kite Kite-flying festival, Cyberport Promenade, Pok Fu Lam Oct 19-20 Hong Kong Southern Beach Games Repulse Bay Beach. beach water-polo competition, canoe polo, dodgeball, handball, competitive sandcastle construction and more. “These events have been chosen because we believe that they cater to different aspects of people’s lives,” Chu says. “Simply speaking, we are hoping to bring people together on the Southside and show them everything that is on offer here.” For details of the Southern District Tourism and Culture Festival, visit

Local residents are challenging plans to build a multi-storey car park in Stanley. The Southern District Council proposes to build the car park next to the bus terminus, between the market and Stanley Main Beach, and is considering rerouting the traffic system to allow more buses and cars into the area. But residents say the car park will only be full on holidays and weekends, and will remain largely empty during the week, citing the many unused parking spaces in the low-rise green area. They are fighting the plans on the basis that the multi-storey building will change the character of the area, but they are reported not to be hopeful about the outcome.

Restaurant for Repulse Bay After years of standing empty, the prime beachfront Seaview Building in Repulse Bay is to finally get a new Chinese restaurant. Spotlight Enterprises will open a retro restaurant, reminiscent of a 1950s’ diner, catering to wedding banquets in a hall overlooking the beach. There will also be a bar and mini food court serving dishes such as suckling pig, Thai barbecue and local-style snacks to visitors to Repulse Bay. The contract, awarded by The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), states renovations must be complete by September 2014 and must maintain the facade of the building without any demolition or major alterations. Last year LCSD invited proposals from businesses to revitalise the 60-year-old Seaview Building, which was intended to be redeveloped into a hotel following the closure of the popular original Seaview Restaurant.

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Top Deck closes for refit Popular Southside brunch spot Top Deck has closed for up to a year for maintenance. The 9,000-square-foot restaurant on the roof of the Jumbo Kingdom floating restaurant will reopen in 2014 with a new look. “We are closing for at least nine months, maybe even a year,” said spokesperson Catherine Yuen. “The whole floor needs massive maintenance.” Staff threw a final party on September 29 and sealed a time capsule of “2013 artefacts” to be opened when – and if – Top Deck reopens. Jumbo Kingdom’s lower floors will remain open. The restaurant has been an expat favourite since its opening in 2005 and its champagne-fuelled Sunday brunches will be missed.

Farewell to Black Sheep’s Daniel Marinov Sad news: Daniel Marinov, founder of Shek O’s legendary restaurant The Black Sheep, passed away on September 11. Famous for great stories, great cooking and great parties, Daniel will be fondly remembered by Black Sheep regulars. The backstreet restaurant, with touches such as neon lights and zebra skins, reflected the surreal zigzags of his own life. He spoke eight languages, invented the neon telephone in the late 1980s and made – and lost – a fortune on electronic innovations. He also contributed plans to West Kowloon. “He was an amazing guy,” said fellow restauranteur Jean Paul Gauci. “Always buzzing with ideas.” Mr Marinov died, aged 57, after a battle with cancer. Details of his funeral were being finalised as we went to press. (For details, please call The Black Sheep at 2809 2021.) “We plan on hiring a boat and sprinkling his ashes into the sea around Shek O,” said his mother, Silvano Marinov. “Daniel loved Shek O.” The Black Sheep will continue, but Daniel will be missed.



Mothercare opens in Ap Lei Chau British one-stop baby shop Mothercare has opened a new store, its ninth in Hong Kong, in Horizon Plaza, Ap Lei Chau. And that’s got to be good news for Southside mums who previously had to trek into Prince’s Building in Central for their Mothercare fix. The brand, which plans to open another new store soon in iSQUARE, Tsim Sha Tsui, sells goodquality products for babies and children, including toiletries, clothing, pushchairs, toys, nursery furniture and other essentials. For details, visit

Hailing Shek O bus terminus The art deco bus terminus in Shek O is to be granted a higher historical status, according to government heritage advisers. Much loved by local residents, the 58-year-old bus terminus, with its distinctive cantilevered balcony and art-deco lettering, appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 film Contagion, making it popular with camera-toting visitors. It was built in 1955 as a watchman's quarters and garage for the now-defunct company, China Motor Bus (CMB), which


operated routes on Hong Kong Island. There was an office on the ground floor while the second floor was a changing room where CMB drivers could put their feet up. The two-storey, privately owned building is one of the few nonresidential art deco buildings still standing in the Southern District. The Antiquities Advisory Board had proposed giving the building grade-three status, but many on the board, as well as local residents, believed it merited a higher rating.

For 35 years Woodland has set the standard in Hong Kong for quality early years education. With ten schools, Woodland offers the only accredited early years education in Hong Kong. Seven of our pre-schools use ‘Traditional’ teaching methods in line with the UK National Curriculum’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). These schools are fully accredited by the Pre-School Learning Alliance, London. Three of our pre-schools offer ‘Montessori’ teaching methods that are fully approved and accredited by the Montessori Centre International (London). At Woodlands we recognise the benefits to children of learning Mandarin, and offer the option of bilingual classes.

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Shek O’s top table Pomechareon Sutichai tells Vivian Lui about life at Shek O Chinese and Thai. My mother loves to cook. From a young age, she dreamed of opening her own restaurant in Thailand. Twenty-two years later, she came to Hong Kong and had the opportunity to take over this restaurant in Shek O. We’ve never left.

We like to have fun with customers. One time, we invited 20 customers to join our annual songkran festival at the restaurant – our neighbours joined in and we had about 40 people throwing water at each other. It was chaos, but everyone had a blast.

We focus on healthy eating and originality. We stand out from other eateries because we provide only high-quality seafood served on tableware from Thailand, with a laidback seaside atmosphere. We want our customers to feel the authenticity of local Thai culture.

We enjoy a simple and relaxed life in Shek O. We don’t go to the city often and we find it easier to keep the traditional taste in all of our dishes. We do not change our menu to follow the latest trend and we take pride in our extensive menu.

Hong Kong is hectic enough. We respect our customers’ need to get away from the city and quietly enjoy the food at our restaurant. We want them to feel like home, anything but commercial.


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We have witnessed generations of families coming to our restaurant – these customers have become lifelong friends.

I trust my workers as if we are family. We depend on one another. Most of us have been working together for 10 years now.

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shell to shore

Editorial Jane Steer Hannah Grogan Art Director Carly Tonna Graphic Designer Evy Cheung Sales Manager Jonathan Csanyi-Fritz Sales Executive Jackie Wilson Digital Content Editor Sharon Wong Accounts Manager Connie Lam Publisher Tom Hilditch Contributors Carolynne Dear Jess Hannah Marie Teather Sally Andersen Fergus Fung Karen Chow Steffi Yuen Agatha Yuen Printer Gear Printing Room 3B, 49 Wong Chuk Hang Road, (Derrick Industrial Building), Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong Published by Fast Media Floor LG1, 222 Queens Road Central Hong Kong Give us a call! Editorial: 2776 2773 Advertising: 2776 2772 Southside Magazine is published by Fast Media Ltd. This magazine is published on the understanding that the publishers, advertisers, contributors and their employees are not responsible for the results of any actions, errors and omissions taken on the basis of information contained in this publication. The publisher, advertisers, contributors and their employees expressly disclaim all and any liability to any person, whether a reader of this publication or not, in respect of any action or omission by this publication. Southside Magazine cannot be held responsible for any errors or inaccuracies provided by advertisers or contributors. The views herein are not necessarily shared by the staff or pubishers. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher.


Tailing a turtle On the trail of a free green turtle. By Steffi Yuen. The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) has been monitoring the movements of a released green turtle and building up a more detailed picture of turtle habitat in the waters off Tai Tam. The mature female turtle had a lucky escape after being caught in a fishing net off Tai Po on December 14. Fortunately, she was still alive when the fisherman hauled in his nets and called in the AFCD. “We gave the massive turtle a quick body check and were happy to find no cuts or wounds,” recalls the AFCD’s Connie Ng Ka-yan, the wetland and fauna conservation officer in charge of the rescue. “The turtle was sent to Ocean Park because there are more suitable facilities, equipment and professional vets to give the turtle the best care and a detailed health check.” It was good timing for the AFCD, which has been researching the five turtle species found in Hong Kong waters, building a genetic database and using satellite transmitters to track the turtles’ migratory routes and feeding grounds since 2002. With a shell measuring 83cm long, the turtle is thought to be aged 30 to 50 years, and after a couple of months’ recuperation weighed in at a healthy 60kg. Researchers

took blood samples, attached tracking devices and tags to her shell and flippers, and released her back into eastern waters on January 28. “The satellite transmitter on the turtle’s shell is less than five per cent of its weight and the tags are small, lightweight and streamlined, thus will not hinder the turtle’s growth, movements, or behaviour,” Ng says. “With the microchip, inconel tag and satellite transmitter attached to the turtle, we successfully recorded the turtle’s fantastic journey for around a month.” The data shows the turtle spent most of her time near Tai Tam, Sai Kung and Daya Bay. “We are so excited by the results,” Ng says. “It matches our record of green turtles’ feeding ground. Green turtles are commonly found to be wandering around southern China, and southern to eastern Hong Kong.” After a month, the tracking devices were damaged, probably during feeding near a rocky shore, but Ng says the data they provided is already proving valuable. It has been shared with other

conservation centres, contributing to the understanding of this endangered species, and the blood sample has been carefully preserved as part of a growing genetic database. The AFCD’s turtle conservation project is being run in collaboration with both Ocean Park and the Guangdong government. Members of the public can play a vital role by reporting sightings of wild green turtles, Ng says, helping to build a more detailed picture of the species’ feeding grounds. And she says there are plans afoot to give the public more details of this and other wildlife conservation projects through a new Hong Kong Biodiversity Newsletter, which should be published in the next couple of years. Help protect green turtles by reporting sightings and strandings to the AFCD by calling 1823.

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Breast is best In Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Jess Hannah looks at the work of the local charity. Hong Kong thinks pink this month as the city dons the pink ribbon in support of international Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation (HKBCF) was established in 2005 by doctors and breast cancer survivors to provide educational, paramedical, emotional and financial support to women affected by breast cancer. The disease strikes more women in Hong Kong than any other cancer, with an average eight cases diagnosed every day. Early detection is key: when breast cancer is discovered at an early stage, the survival rate is high. So HKBCF encourages regular breast screening, including self examination, clinical examination and mammography, which can reduce mortality rates by 25 per cent30 per cent.

HKBCF Founder Dr Polly Cheung, a breast surgeon who has been serving on the council of Breast Surgery International since 1999, envisions a future in which women lead “full, healthy lives without the fear of losing their breasts or even their lives to breast cancer”. “[HKBCF] strives towards improving the social environment and awareness of the issue and aims to steer public health policies in favour of our mission,” she says. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month worldwide, and among the many fundraisers in Hong Kong is the ninth Pink Walk for Breast Health, one of the most hotly anticipated events in city’s charity calendar.

Among the many fundraisers in Hong Kong is the ninth Pink Walk for Breast Health The cost of care Breast cancer treatment is vital but expensive, and the HKBCF relies on public donations for its work in education, patient support and research. Please donate generously. • $5 delivers an educational booklet to members of the public. • $100 buys a Comfort Kit for breast cancer patients. • $750 pays for one mammographic screening. For details and donations, please visit

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interview Louise Hill Hannah Grogan talks to the Hong Kong graphic artist with designs for a wall near you. After graduating in London, I specialised in high-end packaging design for more than 15 years working for clients such as Crabtree & Evelyn, Fortnum & Mason and Marks & Spencer. I developed a love for colour, typography, illustration and detailed artwork, which I now put to use with my new canvas design venture. After freelancing and guest lecturing at RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology), we moved with our young twins to Shanghai for five years and three years ago to Hong Kong where I continue to be inspired by the wonderful energy and colour that Asia has to offer. Louise Hill with her new range of canvases.

My love of design and creativity comes from growing up in a family of designers. I am blessed to have been surrounded by beautiful textiles and creative conceptual artwork all my life.


I was 17 when I started art college – really young. And because my parents were artists, that’s kinda all I knew, what I grew up with. I couldn’t envisage anything else I’d be good at.

I create fun modern images on canvas using your own photos. They can be a fun alternative to a family portrait, a gift for a friend leaving Hong Kong or a contemporary and unique personalised piece of art for your home. For commissions, a client will send me 20 or 30

all things bright and beautiful I don’t tolerate plagiarism, it’s not creative. At RMIT, I found a lot of students were very good at making things look pretty on a Mac but they’d lost the ability to think conceptually, like students used to pre-computers. You have to get ideas onto paper first before touching the technology. Think about it. They just think, “Right, I’m really good at Photoshop and Illustrator so I can make it look good.” But anyone can do that. You need something behind it – you need substance, an idea, some depth to the design – in order to be successful.

photographs to my dropbox and I’ll edit and rework all of them: cut them out, maybe add a border and put them together as a gift. It’s such a rewarding feeling to create personal memories for clients. But it’s my new series that I want to expand. I created detailed, colourful images printed on canvas. There’s three in the series so far. The

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latest is a really chaotic and crazy transport one. I think the style is me mixed with a bit of G.O.D and Shanghai Tang – I really admire those companies. I like to put mood boards together for people and myself. I use Pinterest everyday. I’ve got loads of boards up there. It’s a graphic designer’s dream – a visual Facebook.

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Hannah Grogan explores the new crop of hideaway restaurants around Aberdeen. Cuore Cuore is a private kitchen in its truest sense. It’s inside the Wong Chuk Hang home of Italian chef Andrea Oschetti, who throws open his front door for guests looking for something outside the restaurant norm. “I live where I cook,” Oschetti says. “The concept is me in my home – and when people come here, I have nothing to hide. People encounter me and my food and my home.” He lives and cooks in a 2,500-square-foot, open-plan space with a chef’s table that can seat up to 30 people. It’s warm and cosy, decorated with photographs and mementoes from his travels. Eating here is all about intimacy and engaging with the chef as he cooks. Like all the best Italian food, the emphasis is on excellent


ingredients cooked simply, and Oschetti spends time sourcing the finest seasonal ingredients in Hong Kong and overseas.

“Food should be exciting, healthy and sexy,” he insists. For details and reservations, visit Artichoke Canteen Southside’s newest restaurant and art space is Artichoke Canteen, which opened last month on Ap Lei Chau. It’s located down the hall from The 8th Estate Winery in the Harbour Industrial Center’s original canteen, which means the space already has a food and liquor licence. The food is international cuisine with a focus on vegetarian dishes, plus a few fish and chicken dishes for the carnivorous. Open and spacious, with an industrial-chic vibe, alfresco terrace and a domed wood-fired pizza oven, what’s not to love?


Clockwise from left: Culinart’s kitchen and a dessert; black truffle consomme by Chef Studio by Eddy; inside The 8th Estate; (below left) cosy at Cuore.

It shares a partitioned space with new art gallery, Toof Contemporary. The entire art-conscious development aims to become a community space for the area and will be open to rent for private functions. It also plans to run monthly events such as Pilates classes and coffee workshops. With a supervised kidfriendly corner where you can stash the little ones, and a location close to the Horizon Plaza shopping centre, this is a canteen with appeal. 3/F Harbour Industrial Center, 10 Lee Hing Street, Ap Lei Chau, 2580 0293. The 8th Estate Winery Now in its sixth year, The 8th Estate remains Hong Kong’s only winery. It imports grapes from all over the world and produces wines on site. “Wine doesn’t necessarily travel well,” explains founder Lysanne Tusar. “It’s always best to drink wine closest to where it was produced – that’s the concept of bringing in the grapes directly.” The 8,000 sq ft space has plenty of wiggle room, with large barrel rooms and an alfresco

terrace used as entertainment areas for up to 200 people, plus a production room where the wine is made and bottled. The winery is open for public tastings at weekends, with private tastings available by arrangement for parties of six or more, including a server, cheese and crackers. 3/F Harbour Industrial Center, 10 Lee Hing Street, Ap Lei Chau, 2518 0922.

Eating here is all about intimacy and engaging with the chef as he cooks Culinart Opened in March, this purpose-built kitchen focuses on the fine art of cooking. Owner and chef Stanley Wong specialises in Western cuisine with Asian influences and California-style presentation. He runs a catering business and private kitchen in a comfortable, chameleon-like

space. Equipped with a hi-tech kitchen and a cosy fireplace, it’s airy and bright during the day yet intimate at night. The chef’s table can seat eight to 24 private kitchen guests, who watch as Wong cooks up a fine-dining menu of six or seven courses ($1,080 a head). The menu changes monthly with what’s in season, but whatever Wong has cooking you can be sure your tastebuds will thank you for it. 22B Kwai Bo Industrial Building, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, 2580 0919, Chef Studio by Eddy Located below Culinart, Chef Studio by Eddy is owned, operated and designed by chef Eddy Leung, who has been running private kitchens since 2000, when he opened Poison Ivy in Wan Chai. He focuses on European cuisine, particularly French, with menus dictated by the season and innovative use of local and imported ingredients.



Pomegranate Kitchen has an eastern Mediterranean vibe, while The Butchers Club (opposite) is all about the beef.

The space is large and industrial, offering catering, private dining, cooking classes and team building. “It’s not a business, it’s a passion,” Eddy says. If industrial Wong Chuk Hang doesn’t tickle your fancy, go for a backdrop of Lamma, Po Toi O or Middle Island aboard a private boat catered by Eddy that can be rented for day trips ($600 a head for 15-16 guests, including

food). Alternatively, Eddy will cook for you in the privacy of your home. 5B Kwai Bo Industrial Building, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, 3104 4664. Pomegranate Kitchen New kid on the Wong Chuk Hang block, Pomegranate Kitchen has moved out of owner Maria Bizri’s home kitchen and into its own

premises. Already established as a successful catering company, Pomegranate is now open for private dining on the premises for up to 26 guests and as an event space for larger parties. Bizri is also planning cookery classes. It’s a pristine white space with a Mediterranean vibe and a large alfresco terrace. Appropriately, the food is all about the flavours of the eastern Mediterranean – Greece, Turkey

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feature and Lebanon – with a menu strewn with koftas, kebabs, kibbeh and dips, and main courses garnished with sumac, zataar and harissa. For details, call 2580 0663 or visit Kea’s Kitchen In the heart of Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter, a houseboat is cooking up a storm. Run by chef Kea Liden, Kea’s Kitchen is a floating private kitchen and cookery school focusing on traditional Thai food. Open Wednesday to Sunday, the 63-foot Mandarin Manor boat has indoor seating for up to 20 people and another 20 can be accommodated on the top deck. Booking is essential. For details, call 6077 5964, email or visit The Butchers Club Not surprisingly, this new business is all about meat. Learn about the art of butchery and dryageing meat, or chow down on some of the finest prime beef in town at the chef’s table, which can cater for up to 10 (minimum spend, $10,000). Diners are encouraged to interact with the chef and butchers and can try shucking oysters and turning a steak on the grill. Bring your own wine. 13C Sun Ying Industrial Centre, 9 Tin Wan Close, Tin Wan, Aberdeen, 2552 8281,


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Seafood, eat food Fergus Fung finds the Southside’s best fish dishes. When the craving for seafood strikes, the first places that spring to mind are Lamma Island, Sai Kung, Lei Yue Mun, Po Toi O or Sam Shing Hui. But Southside has the best selection of seafood in all Hong Kong. Aberdeen has been a fishing port for more than a century and the Aberdeen Wholesale Fish Market is the oldest and largest in Hong Kong. Its tanks are filled with live seafood caught not only locally but all over the world, including Alaskan king crabs and Australian abalone. Aberdeen’s fishmongers will also seek out unusual shellfish, ocean and river fish on request. However, this is very much a wholesale market and unless you run a restaurant or retail seafood business, most stalls will not sell to you directly. So how do you get your seafood fix? Until recently, there was a canteen in the market catering to fishmongers and their clients, which served probably the best selection of seafood in town as well as legendary French toast. However, the operator lost the tender when the lease came up in the


summer and the new operator has yet to take over – hopefully, its seafood culinary skills will be just as good, if not better, than its predecessor. The Southern District Council is also keen to promote seafood in its bid to boost tourism, and has been looking into spending some of the $100 million recently allocated to each district to build a new seafood dining complex next to the fish market. That’s still a few years down the road, and until then Southsiders can indulge in local seafood in the Ap Lei Chau wet market. On the first floor of the Ap Lei Chau Municipal Services Building (8 Hung Shing Street) are a few congee and noodle stalls. What the menus do not advertise is that you can buy fresh seafood in the market below and they will cook it for you – just like in Sai Kung, Lamma and elsewhere. While you indulge in the smorgasbord of

seafood in Hong Kong, keep in mind what is sustainable in our world. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) publishes a guide recommending seafood that is sustainable, what to think twice about ordering and what to avoid. This information is also in the latest edition of WOM guide, available at all major bookstores. 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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Breaking the mould Hannah Grogan discovers what sets The Harbour School apart.

Nestled away in a corner of Kennedy Town is a small school doing things a little differently. Opening in 2007 with just seven students, The Harbour School (THS) now has an enrolment of 180 children aged four (pre-kindergarten) to 14 (grade eight). Principal Jadis Blurton, who has 30 years’ experience in education, child psychology and educational psychology, agreed to take on the role only if she could make the school what Hong Kong really needs. From the moment you step through the door, it’s clear she has helped create something special. This is a happy place, where children are engaged, passionate and taken seriously. “We take happiness very seriously,” Blurton says. “Kids who are happy and self-confident are more productive and creative. It is very difficult to learn or produce while feeling anxious, sad or frightened.” THS has an international curriculum based on the US system. It takes a structured approach to the core competencies of reading, writing and maths and has a “units of inquiry” approach to science and social studies.


This is a happy place, where children are engaged, passionate and taken seriously

Each class of about 15 students has a qualified teacher and a co-teacher with a degree in a specialist subject such as art, history or philosophy. About half the faculty are male. “Because we have very small classes and an extremely high teacher-to-student ratio, it is common to see children working in small groups or individually with a teacher. This may be because they are advanced, because they

need additional help or because they have a particular interest,” Blurton says. The school also places importance on after-school classes or “SEA courses” (it is The Harbour School after all), which give the children

education additional school places for international children, The Harbour School is about more than just providing extra places. It is about providing places for those who need them. “I am passionate about the need for good programming for children who are outside the mould because they are gifted and/or may have specific learning disabilities, attentional problems, behavioural problems, and so on,” Blurton says. “This is a problem in international schools as well as in local schools. There are also many kids in Hong Kong who cannot afford or get into international schools but who do not speak Chinese, and these kids are in need of appropriate placements. Kids are our most important natural resources – we are foolish if we waste them.”


a chance to extend their learning outside the classroom but as an extension of school. There are more than 20 clubs to accommodate such diverse interests as photography, poetry, wrestling and Irish dancing. Currently, the school is split between three locations, with two annexes within walking


distance of the main campus. The search is on for a permanent home that can accommodate its targeted maximum size of 300 students (from ages four to 18) in one campus to maintain the small size and nurturing nature of the school community. While it was forged from the need for

Year founded: 2007 Number of pupils: 180 Teacher-pupil ratio: whole school about 1:3; in-class at least 1:7 Campus address: 2/F, 23 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town Phone: 2816 5222 Website:

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How to Halloween Carolynne Dear checks out Hong Kong’s fright nights. Ocean Park’s Halloween Fest It’s back and scarier than ever. Now open all day and all evening for the price of a regular ticket, Halloween Fest features haunted houses, spine-tingling rides, skeletons in the fish tanks and pumpkins in the panda enclosure. American sculptor Ray Villafane will be working his magic at the Pumpkin Creation Lab, where he will transform 100lb squashes into monsters and ghouls. Other highlights include the Crash the Monsters Party, Law Lan’s Possessed Possessions and Murder Factory. Throughout October, holders of Hong Kong ID cards receive a 15 per cent discount on regular admission tickets on Halloween Fest Days. Premium Tickets include priority access to 16 attractions, a $100 park voucher pack and a Halloween souvenir. There’s even an app, the Halloween Fest Schedule Pass, offering priority access to five attractions to users tapping in information about their visit. October 1-31, with extended park openings. For details, visit www. Disney’s Haunted Halloween Mickey Mouse dares you not to scream at his annual Halloween party at Hong Kong Disneyland. Shake your bones at the Monsters U Dance Party in Tomorrowland (beware the Monster Scareoff) or follow one of Mickey’s Hide and Go Treat Trails. There’s also a Halloween Screams fireworks spectacular, with exclusive viewing area for Mickey’s party guests. And don’t forget Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade, as well as the many spookily themed attractions throughout the park including Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy (for those who dare), and the ever-popular Haunted Mansion House. The party is held on Thursday-Sunday evenings from October 4-31; ticket holders can enter the park three hours before the party starts. Advance tickets are available from And don’t forget to dress up. Scream at Madame Tussauds Tiptoe through a dark and abandoned asylum, infested with live performers and wax monsters


Law Lan’s Possessed Possessions, Ocean Park. – or risk becoming a permanent resident of these dark and spooky corridors. Visit from 2pm4pm or 6pm-9pm for a free Halloween makeup session. October 12-31, 10am-10pm. See for more info. Lan Kwai Fong Halloween Party Dress up and join the adults-only fun at one of Hong Kong’s biggest and longest-standing Halloween bashes. The bars go all out with spookfest decorations and this year the whole area will be transformed into a secret garden, with wicked witches, monsters, elves and goblins mingling with Lan Kwai’s creatures of the night. October 31, 8pm-late. Details at Halloween Barbecue This annual Kennedy School fundraiser is fast becoming a Pok Fu Lam institution. Go along and join the fun on Friday, November 1. The event is organized by the Parent Teacher Association and all proceeds go to the school. Tickets sell out fast. For details, visit Saving Candy World RockABaby party Save Candy World at this Halloween disco bash. RockABaby invites candy hunters and their families to help retrieve the stolen Halloween candy at a musical performance for children aged two to five years. There will be a funky family costume contest, a discodancing King and Queen challenge, the Mummy Wrap, group games and more. October 27,

10.30am-12.30pm, 3.30pm-5.30pm. 6/F Tung Hip Commercial Building, 244-248 Des Voeux Road, Sheung Wan, 3586 3071,

Haunted house parties Where to get spooky props and scary costumes. Party supplies Eezy Peezy Parties, Matteo Party, 3/F, 530-532 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay. Simply Love, 7A, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong. The Ivyleague Company (professional face paints), 7/F Far East Consortium Building, 204-206 Nathan Road, Jordan. Toys R Us 2/F, Site 2 of Aberdeen Centre, Aberdeen; 201-210, Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road Central. Toys Club 1913 Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau; 5/F, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central. Costumes Choi Chi, 13 Tung Choi St, Mong Kok. Markets Pottinger Street, Central; Stanley Market. Remy Fashion, Li Yuen Street West, Central.


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New preschool for Pok Fu Lam Safari Kid, the new international preschool brings customized learning to your child through a unique system. First Hong Kong school opening in January in Pok Fu Lam. “Take the best aspects of many of the major teaching methods, Montessori, Steiner, Waldrof, and then add a completely customized education system which challenges your student to achieve his or her best and the result is a method of our own, the Safari Kid method.” Explains Jared Dubbs, Director of Safari Kid Hong Kong. To say this is something new may be an understatement. “Customization is a problem that has always plagued educators,” Mr Dubbs continues, “at Safari kid, we have developed a tried and tested method of customizing the learning experience for every child. In terms of early childhood education, this is very new.”

Safari Kid was founded eight years ago in Silicon Valley, California, and now has 17 schools worldwide (and another 12 opening in the next six months), with the Pok Fu Lam campus being the first in Hong Kong. It provides preschoolers with a comprehensive, structured learning model in a safe, fun and nurturing environment. Its emergent curriculum takes the best practices of top international approaches to early education, such as Montessori and Steiner, and fuses them with its own proprietary programme. A Safari Kid education focuses on all the core development areas critical in the first five years - cognitive abilities, language and communication, imagination and creativity, motor skills and social and emotional growth.


“At Safari Kid we create a community between student, teacher, and parent in which we customize the child’s learning. Children will benefit from our experience and achieve results parents can see ” Dubbs says. The star in the Safari Kid arsenal is its accelerated learning programme, which is structured in modules designed to help a child progress. This programme is customized for each individual’s learning pace. “It’s important to understand that our school is not age based, every child is unique, and we base our classes on the position of each child on the learning curve. Every students needs to meet certain criteria for advancement. As soon as a child has completed a particular level, they move to the next one,” says Jane Mackenzie, Principal of Safari Kid, Hong Kong. “Each child develops at a different pace. It isn’t good to hold back a quick learner but similarly we don’t want to put any pressure

on a child who needs more time to develop. Safari Kid also uses techniques and tools that enable all children to develop core language and maths skills at an early age and the results in California have been amazing. Every child who successfully completes our programme can read, write, and do mental maths. It sounds unbelievable, but the results speak for themselves. Our level four students are typically ahead of their P.1 counterparts.” Recognizing that small children have a short attention span, classroom time is broken down into structured but engaging sessions of around 20-25 minutes, with each session focusing on one or more of the core developmental areas. Math, language (reading and writing) and basic sciences are covered through theme-based activities and a proprietary curriculum with the aid of several teaching techniques. The Pok Fu Lam school is located in a 7,500-square-foot site, with a huge

3,000-square-foot play area and five large classrooms decorated in bright, primary colours with a distinctive “safari” theme. Safari Kid takes children from the age of 18 months, moving into their unique level 1 programme, when students meet their developmental goals, they move on to level 2, then three, then four. The teachers are all trained in the Safari Kid method and the ratio of adults to children is 1:6 for toddlers and 1:8 for older pupils. The school offers morning and afternoon sessions and an extended-day programme from 9am-5pm. “Working couples might not want their children to spend most of the day with their helpers and this isn’t a crèche – they are actively learning,” Mackenzie says. Another plus for parents is that Safari Kid offers an extensive menu of activities for children up to 11 years old. After-school classes from 3pm-6pm include arts and craft, drama, yoga, ballet in a purpose-built dance studio, mixed martial arts, fencing, IT, languages (Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Spanish, Hindi), robotics with Lego-tronics and several others. “Kids are normally ferried around from one activity to another, which can be hard for parents and children. Our vision is to create a one-stop school for activities, where parents can structure the after school activity schedule they think best suits their children, all in one place,” Dubbs says. Get ready Hong Kong, this is a new type of learning. The results speak for themselves with over eight years of experience and more than 5,000 preschoolers world-wide who have progressed through this system. SAFARI KID 101 Chi Fu Landmark, Chi Fu Fa Yuen, Pok Fu Lam. For applications and details, please visit, or email Open days take place on Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 24.



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Happy camping Embrace your wild side by sleeping under canvas in Hong Kong’s great beyond. Where to camp There are 41 campsites in Hong Kong, mostly in Lantau and the New Territories. The closest to Southside is on Tung Lung Chau at the eastern end of the harbour. Within the country parks camping is permitted only at designated sites; pitching a tent elsewhere is not allowed. For a full list, maps and how to get there, visit the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department website, Glamping “Glamping”, or glamorous camping, means staying in permanent tents with wood floors, en-suites and comfortable beds. Lightweight, portable tents are cheap, flexible and they can be made more luxurious with these simple additions: • Rattan beach mat, laid outside tent and swept regularly. • Bucket of water for washing feet before entering tent. • Dustpan and brush for sweeping up errant grass or sand. • Battery-operated fan for cooling. • Small dog – security system. Glamp sites Island Club Yes, we know this is accessible only by ferry from Cheung Chau but once you get your head


round the boats, trains and automobiles you’ll need to get there, you won’t fail to have a funfilled weekend at Island Club on Lantau. The private inn and campsite offers activities galore including kayaking, windsurfing, banana boating, snorkelling, rock climbing, surfing and wakeboarding. While a bit of a rough diamond compared with other glamping options, it is reasonably priced. A day trip including lockers, loungers, umbrellas and a barbecue buffet costs $350 to $450 a person plus an extra $30 to $60 for unlimited drinks, and $200 if you choose to stay overnight for a true adventure. G/F, 23 Tai Long Village, Lantau Island, 2989 2315,

Sleep in style in one of the three-metrehigh safari tents Long Coast Seasports Whether you’ve got a princess who doesn’t want to rough it or an adventure hound who does, camping options abound at Long Coast Seasports on Lantau, whose “front yard” is one of Hong Kong’s longest stretches of sand, Cheung Sha Beach.

Rent a basic four- or six-person tent in the private beachfront campsite or sleep in style in one of the three-metre-high safari tents, boasting deluxe camping mattresses, furniture and even air conditioning. If you’d rather have a proper roof over your head, there are four guest rooms to choose from with private showers, air conditioning and wireless broadband access. It’s not all about camping. Long Coast has stacks of watersports to choose from, with professional support if you need it, as well as beach volleyball ($250 to rent a net for a day) and other beach equipment such as deckchairs ($50 each), parasols ($50 each) and ice boxes to chill those beers ($50 each, with one ice pack). Activity/camping vouchers are available for $540 to $720 for two people (depending on day and season), which includes use of kayaks, bodyboards, skimboards, and overnight facilties. If you’d rather just camp, it costs $170 to $200 to rent a tent on the beach and $200-$250 for a Safari tent. 29 Lower Cheung Sha Beach, Lantau, 8104 6222, Safari Bush Campers These semi-permanent canvas tents look as though they come straight from an Out Of Africa movie set and are about as stylish as camping in Hong Kong gets. The 10 Safari Bush Campers each sleep six people and come

outdoors with double airbeds, proper bedding, tables and chairs, air coolers and mozzie screens on doors and windows ($1,200 a night at weekends). They are set in a 40,000-square-foot herb garden with showers and washroom facilities. For dinner, the Palm Beach Cafe offers light refreshments and the nearby beachside Stoep restaurant (2980 2699) serves hearty South African dishes and barbecued meats to satisfy even the hungriest campers. Palm Beach, Cheung Sha, Lantau, 2980 4822,,

Teepee Village Grab your headdresses, pack your warpaint and get ready for action, native American-style. Owned and operated by the people who run the Safari Bush Campers, Teepee Village on Palm Beach has eight handpainted teepees of various sizes on an 18,000-square-foot lawn. Weekend rentals start from $850 a night for a four-person teepee with sleeping bags and mats; a 26-foot-diameter teepee, which can sleep up to 20 people, is $3,200 a night. Add-ons include camping lamps ($20 each),

mosquito nets ($50 each) and air coolers ($100). The adjacent Palm Beach Watersports Centre offers all sorts of watersports including kiteboarding, surfing and windsurfing. Palm Beach, Cheung Sha, Lantau, 2980 4822,, Treasure Island The private campsite behind Ooh La La restaurant (2984 8710) not only has readypitched tents for hire but also changing rooms and showers. A four-person tent is $700 a night including sleeping bags, mat, coolers, charcoal, dishes and cooking equipment. Cycling and kayaking can also be arranged. Booking essential. Pui O Beach, Lantau, 2546 3543,, Tsim Bet Tsui Organic Farm Not everyone was born to be a beach babe. If you dread the thought of sand in your sleeping bag, you can still experience the great outdoors at Tsim Bet Tsui Organic Farm in Yuen Long. During autumn and winter, the farm offers camping in authentic Mongolian gers, costing from $800 for two to five people and $1,500 for eight to 10. With spectacular views of the Mai Po Marshes, the farm also has a petting zoo, a miniature train and barbecue pits. Lau Fau Shan, Yuen Long, 2472 6962.





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health & beauty Defying gravity Jess Hannah is swept off her feet by aerial arts. A glimpse of Flex’s new aerial arts studio fills first-timers with trepidation. Bright and modern with a spectacular green view, the space is completely empty except for a dozen shiny cloth hammocks hanging from the ceiling and a ream of knotted white silk dangling in the middle of the room. Suddenly you wonder what you’ve signed up for… Aerial arts is a new workout focusing on flexibility, balance, stamina and core strength that involves being suspended in mid-air by nothing more than a length of cloth attached to a carabiner. Instructor Emily begins by explaining the differences between aerial yoga, aerial Pilates and aerial arts. The first two are variations on traditional forms of Pilates and yoga, while aerial arts is focused on performance, flexibility and crowd-pleasing dramatic poses. Thankfully, our audience consisted only of Emily and her brother, Adam, who took photographs of our attempts.


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Getting started was difficult. We began with basic movements using the hammock – stepping onto it, flipping upside down and hanging so our hands trailed the floor – improving quickly as we learned to trust it. Time to move on to the silk, a long piece of cloth that struck us with new fear. Emily demonstrated, moving effortlessly between poses and knotting the silk with twists of her ankles. We found it far more difficult, requiring flexibility and a strong core to twist in the coils of silk and strike poses without falling, wobbling or letting our smiles falter. But we steadily improved in balance, confidence and positioning so that by the end we could strike the elusive Amazon pose convincingly. With Emily’s guidance, we were soon hanging upside down and striking poses, using our core to hold ourselves upright rather than the white-knuckle death grip on the cloth that we resorted to instinctively. It was a fantastic experience – tiring and

sometimes scary, with the continual threat of rope-burn or face-planting, but also fun and addictive. As soon as the session ended, we were keen to master another pose, learn to spin upside down more gracefully, or knot a rope with our ankles.

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The cat’s whiskers Who can resist a kitten? Adopt one from these rescue centres, writes Steffi Yuen. Hong Kong Alley Cat Watch Hong Kong Alley Cat Watch was set up by Marian Banaghan and Michelle Temple in 2003 to care for injured street cats and newborn kittens. The society welcomes calls about orphaned kittens and runs a foster and adoption programme, as well as a successful trap, neuter, release scheme. Its website is a good source of information about how to care for cats. Contact: Michelle Temple 9310 0744,, SPCA It’s not just dogs seeking a new home at Hong Kong’s premier animal-rescue charity. The SPCA’s Barking Lot Cafe in Stanley has kittens and cats that need rehoming, including exotic breeds. See the website for pictures, and try to resist adopting all the moggies looking for love. Contact: 14 Stanley Main Street, Stanley, 2164 8382,


dogs. In 2010, it rescued about 40 homeless cats and dogs during the relocation of Tuen Mun Village. The refuge is always seeking donations as well as foster or permanent homes for its cats. Contact: 8200 4668, or,

Hong Kong Cat Refuge This welfare group promotes animal birth control and other cat welfare initiatives. It rescues, cares for and rehomes stray cats and

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A Chung Hom Kok collie, just one unique Hong Kong “breed”.


Picture: Kathleen Kuok

From monkey dogs to Shek O sharpeis, Sally Andersen identifies Hong Kong’s unique breeds. A few people recently shared an article on Facebook about trying to increase adoptions from US dog shelters by giving the dogs breed names because people are more likely to adopt a “breed” than a mongrel. I was included in these “shares” along with comments about how brilliant it was and asking why no one had done this before. Well, excuse me, but I am the creator of many Hong Kong “breeds”. The first, the Wan Chai terrier, was even taken up by other organisations to describe a certain type of dog. Wan Chai may have been torn down and transformed, but there are plenty of Wan Chai terriers still around. Other “breeds” I have identified and named include the Chung Hom Kok collies – large and beautiful and all originating from one pair that have been allowed to breed and interbreed. From time to time groups of them

are surrendered to the AFCD Kennels in Pok Fu Lam following complaints from residents, and I take them out from there.

Perhaps the best known of all my breeds is the whippety dog

Then there are the monkey dogs, so-called because as puppies they have a very monkeylike face. I don’t know how this “breed” has survived in such a pure way, but they are unmistakable. The most recent “monkey” arrived last month and was immediately offered a home by the owners of two other monkey dogs.

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in your backyard East Asian porcupine aka Hystrix brachyura

Black fluffies don’t include all long-haired black dogs, but only those with the breed’s distinctive temperament. The Shek O sharpei has very distinctive looks and temperament. It’s similar to the Cheung Chau sharpei, although the two have their differences. Perhaps the best known of all my breeds is the whippety dog. Not only are they distinctive but generation after generation of these puppies have appeared at AFCD kennels. Like all the Hong Kong “breeds” I have identified, temperament is as important as looks, and I am sure there are many other “breeds” in Hong Kong we have yet to discover.

Sally Andersen is the founder of Hong Kong Dog Rescue, a charity that rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes unwanted or abandoned dogs.

The East Asian porcupine is a member of the rodent family and can be found in Nepal, central and southern China, Thailand and Singapore. It is common and widespread in Hong Kong except on Lantau Island. It has a short cream crest on its neck and upper back and is covered in spines for defence and camouflage. The quills are about 50mm long and dark brown on the front of its body; those on the hindquarters are 230mm and banded black and white. When the animal feels threatened it shakes special hollow quills on its tail to produce a hiss-like rattle and may charge backwards into its attacker with quills raised. Porcupines are mostly nocturnal, but may be seen during the day foraging for leaves, herbs, twigs, green plants and even bark. They are sometimes seen scavenging in groups of three or four on the edges of villages. Porcupines live in groups of up to 10 in large burrows, which they dig with powerful front legs

and which may be used for generations. In the breeding season, males spray the females with high-velocity jets of urine prior to mating. In Southeast Asia and some parts of Europe, porcupine is eaten as a delicacy and its quills may be dyed and used for traditional decorative clothing. Steffi Yuen

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my southside

the road to happiness

Pascale Seiler The lifelong Southsider and Intuitive Coach on how to be happy. which is all about having people harness their passion with their purpose. What draws you to the Southside? I was born and grew up in Hong Kong. I have seen Southside through all its changes and, boy, has it changed a lot. Southside is home – it’s where I feel nurtured and at the peak of my creativity and passion. I can look out of my window and connect with the ocean yet it’s just a cab ride away from the city.

Tell us about yourself I am an agent of transformational change. I work as a trainer, coach and author. It is a joy and a fulfilment I am truly blessed. Tell us about your work. I want to see people and organizations create powerful changes in their talent management and the way they harness their potential. The Southside is where I wrote my first co-authored best-selling book, titled Ready, Aim, Captivate,

Favourite Southside places? I have an eclectic mixture of favourite places. In my formative years, Sandy Bay was a great place where I went with my parents and took lots of walks and played lots of sport. As I grew older, I loved taking the boat to Top Deck. I love being on the water. And when I am in a reflective or exploratory mood, I walk to Horizon Plaza to the Italian Deli or Poissionnerie or just chill with a good magazine at TREE Cafe. Favourite secret spot? Sham Wan Towers on Ap Lei Chau has an amazing swimming pool and barbecue garden overlooking the sea. This cozy nook has provided a creative space to escape and to pursue my writing. It’s where my writing really took shape so it’s special to me.

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: Scott Seybold. “Early in the morning at Ma Hang Park in Stanley.”


What do you do in your spare time? I love to do what Julia Roberts did in Eat Pray Love – il dolce far niente, the sweetness of doing nothing. Simply put it can mean allowing things to just show up. I may take a walk on the beach, read a book... anything that calls to me in the moment. It is a beautiful way to experience life and it deepens over time. Best way to enjoy the outdoors? I love communing with nature, whether it’s just taking a walk under majestic trees in Aberdeen Country Park or standing on the bridge looking down at the reservoir. To take it up a notch I have dinner outside – nothing beats great company and great weather, it’s one of my all-time top moments. Best advice you have been given? Regarding working, a mentor of mine once told me: Remember to have fun doing what you love and the moment it isn’t fun anymore, move on. Top tips for finding happiness? Look at little ways you can progress in the direction of what makes you feel happy and alive. Incremental steps lead to momentum over time. Take three actions towards your goal everyday, and you’ll achieve that goal much quicker than you can possibly imagine.

shoot for it

Southside Magazine October 2013  

Southside Magazine explores the new crop of hideaway restaurants around Aberdeen.