Herbal sun protection

Herbal sun protection

Sunlight gives us our daily dose of vitamin D, but overexposure to its ultraviolet rays can cause photo-ageing, skin cancer and immune suppression.

Tuesday, 13 November, 2012, 9:17am

Travellers' checks

Travellers' checks

First resorts The Laguna Lang Co, on the central Vietnamese coast, is now up and running and consists of two resorts, both operated by the Banyan Tree Group, in its first foray into the country.

10 Nov 2012 - 11:30pm

On the shelf

On the shelf


29 Sep 2012 - 11:49pm

Seasonal Ingredient: Figs

Ng Ping-leung (left) and Joey Ng are proud of their fig trees at Zen Organic Farm.Photos: Thomas Yau

It may be the earliest recorded mention of death from laughter - the Greek philosopher Chrysippus perished from the uncontrollable mirth induced after feeding his donkey wine and watching it try to eat some figs. More than 2,000 years later figs still bring joy to hedonists every summer, and modern chefs love to cook with them.

20 Sep 2012 - 10:49am

Health bites

Scientists are using levitation to improve the drug development process

Could it be magic? Scientists at the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago are using levitation to improve the drug development process.

18 Sep 2012 - 11:56am

What the local media says

Sunday, Oriental Daily

Australia-born son of HK emigres tops international IQ standings

15 Sep 2012 - 2:02am

Century-old banyan relocated from Jockey Club in 1990s cut down due to root rot

This Chater Garden tree was knocked over by Typhoon Vicente. It and a banyan on Wong Nai Chung Road had root rot and have been removed. Photo: May Tse

A stately banyan outside the Hong Kong Jockey Club that was saved in a costly transplant operation two decades ago is one of two heritage trees that were recently removed after it was infected with a plant disease that appears to be spreading across the city.

18 Aug 2012 - 5:17am

Beware the source of seeds, farmers advise

People should dispose of papaya seeds properly if they are uncertain about the sources of the plant they are from, organic farmers advise.

They say proper disposal is vital to control the proliferation of genetically modified papaya trees and minimise the risk of contamination.

23 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Packed with goodness

The papaya is distinctive for the myriad, small, dark seeds (which look a bit like rabbit droppings) that fill the large cavity of the fruit.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


Vietnam seems to be the toast of property investors, with a number of top international developers trooping to the communist country with luxury real estate projects.

Resort operator Banyan Tree has unveiled its first investment holiday homes in the country. Scheduled for opening in mid-2012, the resort complex incorporates a golf course designed by Nick Faldo.

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am


A far cry from the war jungles lost in the Indochinese peninsula, Vietnam is now a fast-growing emerging economy of 87 million people undergoing the most exciting period of change in its history. From being one of the poorest countries 20 years ago, Vietnam has made giant economic strides and is attracting the world's elite luxury developers.

28 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Continental divide is no barrier to true love

Although they were in the same class at a local primary school, Flora Ngai and Percy Leung's childhood memories of each other grew blurry over the years. Much later, living on different continents, their budding romance was ignited thanks to broadband internet.

6 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Avenue of stars

No Hong Kong Avenue of Stars would be complete without a Bruce connection.

Bruce Lee, Hong Kong's international cinema icon before Jackie Chan and Chow Yun-fat burst onto the scene, is the main draw for crowds on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, as fans pay homage in front of his statue.

4 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Facts and recipes nudge you to add 'superfoods' to your diet

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If you need a nudge to include more fruit and vegetables in your diet, this app is it. By arming you with the knowledge of the amazing benefits of 'superfoods', it can help motivate you to improve your eating habits, which in turn will boost your health.

7 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Sound bite

The snake fruit is a rather creepy-looking fruit that gets its name from a shiny reddish-brown exterior that resembles the reptile's scales. Also called salak, the snake fruit is grown in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. You can find it in a few local wet markets, although it's not very popular, probably because Hongkongers are relatively unfamiliar with it.

8 May 2011 - 12:00am