North Korea has been in the news for all the wrong reasons this past week, but observers of the hermit state took some hope from the re-emergence of Pak. Sacked as premier in 2007 for promoting wage reforms seen as too close to US style-capitalism, Pak was reappointed to his old job at last week's parliamentary session.
The stray hound, already a popular character in his Tuen Mun neighbourhood, became a YouTube sensation after a clip of him chasing a car thought to belong to his owner went viral. Internet users believed the dog was being abandoned, but the driver, David Ng, explained that he was not the owner but was one of many residents on his estate to befriend Siu Pak.
The innovative Spanish chef may have closed his elBulli restaurant in 2011, but his fame has not diminished. He was able to raise HK$14.1 million at a Hong Kong auction for his new charitable foundation. The chance to dine with Adria, whose restaurant near Barcelona was voted the world's best five times, fetched HK$220,000.