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  1. An ad campaign that scores with the wrong notes

    Posted Jun 27th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo Hats off to Singapore! If you think those authoritarian bureaucrats are only capable of dreary ad campaigns, you would be right. But even the Lion City pulls off a good one every now and then. Like this new, weirdly moving TV advert celebrating marriage and family life, but perversely set at a funeral. It was made by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth ...

  2. How dolphins can fill your family's spiritual needs

    Posted May 09th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo Dolphins carry within them remarkable healing energy, according to spiritual healer and self-styled 'trans-personal channel' Veenaa Saynana. She may be only ... that make you feel like a Duracell battery already? The Singapore-based healer, who is visiting the city, promises to uplift, transform and bring spiritual clarity for those on the trip. She can see ...

  3. Quotes of the Week

    Posted Jun 05th 2010, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... China produces GDP growth without per capita wealth creation. It is analogous to a cocktail party without the cocktails; what is the point? Hugh Hendry, chief investment officer of Eclectica Asset Management, in the Financial Times It does not matter whet ...

  4. Quotes of the Week

    Posted Nov 14th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo Whenever I walked past the sculpture, even nearby, people giggled, laughed and took photos in front of it. Aids Concern's Loretta Wong Wai-kwan, referring to a mosaic of more than 60,000 condoms in Lan Kwai Fong created by Japanese prophylactic maker Okamoto and the Aids awareness group to set a Guinness World Record This is a part-time job and I don't ...

  5. Quotes of The Week

    Posted Sep 19th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo Consumers should insist on having their glasses returned. Ron Hui Shu-yuen, vice-chairman of the Consumer Council's publicity and community relations committee, warning against dodgy optical shops where salesmen hijack customers' glasses to pressure them to buy new ones Outside, it was storming under a typhoon No8. Inside, we had a full house of guests ...

  6. Charity kicks off pet 'desexathon' at cut-rate prices

    Posted Sep 19th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo Apologies to fans of Carrie Bradshaw and Samantha Jones, but Hong Kong will be holding its 'Desexed in the City' drive next week. We are, however, happy to report that what is being billed as the city's first 'desexathon' does not target certain oversexed members of the human male species. Rather, the charity and humanitarian event, run ...

  7. Quotes of The Week

    Posted Oct 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo Hong Kong's principal officials have to play the dual role of politicians and policymakers, while in Taiwan the burden of policymaking falls largely on career civil servants. In addition, Hong Kong media focus their attention on ministers, as political parties are not as influential as those in Taiwan and Japan. From an anonymous official, who fantasies about ...

  8. Book sings praises of a genuine Chindian relationship

    Posted Oct 10th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo The world may be obsessed with Chindia, the concomitant rise of Asia's two superpowers. But in Hong Kong, the two ethnic communities are as separated as ever, rarely talking or interacting with each other. A new book aims to promote better cross-cultural experience and understanding. The local Chinese author of My Husband is Indian, who has only identified ...

  9. Kim Basinger badgers designers into giving fur the cold shoulder

    Posted Sep 26th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo It's too bad Hong Kong's tai-tais live in a hot, humid climate, which rather undermines any excuses they may have for their love of fur. But if our fashion designers can take the lead and show that not wearing fur is even more hip, their wealthy fans may follow. They wield particular influence because China has become the world's leading fur producer. ...

  10. District councillors should at least be honest about their pet hate

    Posted Sep 12th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo Some people in Hong Kong just don't like animals. This week, the Tuen Mun District Council tabled a proposal to build a pet park with a swimming pool for dogs. Pretty good idea, rather uncontroversial, you might think. The plan says the district's middle-class population is increasing rapidly, and more and more families are keeping pets, which have few ...




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