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  1. Lifestyle - Books - CHINA

    Book review: The Hall of Uselessness, by Simon Leys

    Posted Sep 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo The Hall of Uselessness: Collected Essays by Simon Leys New York Review Books 4 stars Alex Lo The fox knows many things, according to Isaiah Berlin, but the hedgehog knows one big thing. If so, Pierre Ryckmans, better known to the reading public as Simon Leys, is a rare hybrid. He knows one really big thing, China, but judging by this eclectic collection of essays spanning ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1313796/book-review-hall-uselessness-simon-leys
  2. Lifestyle - Books - CHINA

    Book review: Wealth and Power

    Posted Aug 11th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the Twenty-First Century by Orville Schell and John Delury Random House 4 stars Alex Lo How you understand and translate the Chinese phrase zhongguo says much about what you think about China, and the presuppositions and biases you entertain about it. Quite simply, it means "China". But if you analyse the two ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1295492/book-review-wealth-and-power
  3. Lifestyle - Technology

    Huawei takes on Apple, Samsung with launch of 'world's thinnest smartphone'

    Posted Jun 19th 2013, 05:01pm by Agence France-Presse in Singapore

    ... Chinese telecom giant Huawei on Wednesday vowed to catch up with its more popular rivals Apple and Samsung after unveiling its newest phone for the first time in Asia. Huawei unveiled its Ascend P6 at the CommunicAsia telecom and broadcast event in Singapore just hours after its global launch in London, billing it as world’s thinnest smartphone. “I generally do not comment ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1264337/huawei-takes-apple-samsung-launch-worlds-thinnest-smartphone
  4. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    In the age of CGI, veteran animated filmmaker Neco Lo Che-ying still holds out hope for local industry

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 12:31pm by Mathew Scott

    ... Mathew Scott Neco Lo Che-ying, veteran of the hand-drawn days, says Hong Kong's young animators have the talent to excel, writes Mathew Scott Drawing on hope As Neco Lo Che-ying ... across screens in constant motion as Lo recounts the days when he first entered the animation industry. "It seems hard to imagine now," the 53-year-old says, "but we really had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/1559051/age-cgi-veteran-animated-filmmaker-neco-lo-che-ying-still
  5. Lifestyle - Technology - MEDIA

    House News closed last month, but other independent sites still exist

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 06:17pm by Elaine Yau

    ... the main revenue stream. Still, that hasn't deterred several Hong Kong media veterans, including former Sing Tao chief executive Lo Wing-hung, from setting up independent news portals. Yuen ... in rented premises at the Sing Tao headquarters in Shau Kei Wan, publisher Lo Wing-hung holds similar views. "I am pro-people instead of pro-Beijing or pro-opposition," Lo says. Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1576116/house-news-closed-last-month-other-independent-sites-still
  6. Lifestyle - Fashion & Watches

    Style Check: no social good comes from a photo shoot showing violence

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 10:48pm by Jing Zhang

    ... sensitive or tragic than what happened to Jyoti Singh, a student who was gang-raped on a public bus in Delhi in December 2012. She died from her injuries 13 days later in a Singapore hospital. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/fashion-watches/article/1569319/style-check-no-social-good-comes-photo-shoot-showing
  7. Lifestyle - Health

    Treatments on the fly: Asia a top destination for medical tourism

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 04:52pm by Rachel Jacqueline

    ... was impressive," says Hinds. "Service quality is their top priority. The day before the operation, I was assigned a personal consultant who I could reach 24/7." Singapore, too, is a long-standing ... million in 2011, according to the Singapore Tourism Board. Encouraged by the success of their Asian neighbours, other countries in the region are jumping on the bandwagon, with many sharpening ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health/article/1574197/treatments-fly-asia-top-destination-medical-tourism
  8. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    How the law is changing divorce in Hong Kong- the 'graveyard of marriages'

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 09:47pm by Charley Lanyon

    ... of the awards". "I do know that in comparison with courts in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan, for example, the courts here are more generous," says Dearle, who often advises clients ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1574206/court-ruling-changes-nature-prenup-settlements-hong-kong
  9. Lifestyle - Food & Wine

    Celebrity chefs are beating a path to the city, but there's no guarantee of success

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 03:44pm by GILL RHYS

    ... in Lan Kwai Fong next month. But Asian expansion is no guarantee of success: Ramsay shut his restaurant in Tokyo, Guy Savoy shipped out of Singapore, and Mario Batali's Carnevino has closed ... On top of his six London restaurants, the chef now has three apiece in Hong Kong and Singapore, and two in Shanghai. "We do put a lot of effort into all of our places and Asia is like ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/food-wine/article/1573501/celebrity-chefs-are-beating-path-city-theres-no-guarantee
  10. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture - POSTCARD SYDNEY

    Postcard: Sydney

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 12:46pm by Helen Barlow

    ... character's mother. Thwaites has been tapped to be the lead in Alex Proyas' US$150 million blockbuster Gods of Egypt, whose cast includes fellow Aussies Geoffrey Rush and Courtney Eaton, along ... love Alex's movies," Thwaites says, "and I've always dreamt of making a big movie at Fox Studios. This is my biggest movie yet." In person, Thwaites has that X factor: ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/1569173/postcard-sydney

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