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Hammer of the Last 2

Coming back with a bang

Singer/songwriter Tom Vek first popped up on the British music scene in 2005 with his debut album We Have Sound. The album was well received, but as quickly as he appeared, he disappeared.

Friday, 16 December, 2011, 12:00am

Pleasure of my company

This risk is great and the rewards unknown. But these seven young people broke free from contracts and companies to set up their own businesses.

While some have a staff of one (themselves), others have up to seven people. Every year the responsibility is greater, as are the challenges, from keeping afloat to finessing the tricky manoeuvre of expanding without imploding.

26 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

notes from the dorm

I finally moved out after spending eight months in the dorm. I know it's a little strange to say this, but I am having a little trouble adjusting to home. And by home, I mean Hong Kong. I've only been back for a few days, but right now I have a bad case of homesickness.

17 May 2011 - 12:00am

Endy Chow

Rocker Endy Chow Kwok-yin enjoyed a promising career in the local music scene following his return from New Zealand, where his family had emigrated. He signed to Warner Music in 2003 and released several albums, including Greenhouse Balloon and Light, which won him the gold prize for singer-songwriter at Commercial Radio's music awards in 2005.

21 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Q&A: Ella Koon Yan-na

Singer-actress Ella Koon Yan-na was better known as tabloid fodder than for her performances, with reports about her being mauled by a male fan and her allegations of sexual harassment at TVB. But the 31-year-old's stock has risen following an impressive duet recently with a contestant on TVB Jade's reality talent show The Voice.

24 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Q&A: Sa Dingding

To many people, Mongolian-Han singer Sa Dingding is a mysterious figure. She spent her early years growing up as a nomad on the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, and her last Tibetan-themed album, Alive, released in 2007, included mantras, Sanskrit, Tibetan chants and a new language she created herself.

9 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

It's not a job, it's caring, says foster mum

In July 2007, when a neighbour asked Peng Lianqi , 45, and her husband whether they wanted to become foster parents to a boy with brain and spinal problems, it took them only a few days to decide they would. Six months later she took in another boy with harelip from the same foreign-funded foster home, which sponsors orphans for surgery and provides post-surgical care until adoption.

31 May 2009 - 12:00am

Office worker chases his movie dream

Shanghai office worker Chen Haiqing has made a bold attempt to produce a comic movie of his own despite a lack of money and experience. Whether or not his hard work pays off, the 34-year-old will continue his ambitious efforts to realise his dream of becoming a director. He talks about how he hit on the idea and his approach to directing

Why direct a film yourself?

27 Jul 2008 - 12:00am


Teachers, parents should praise

I recently read an article which advised parents to praise their children instead of criticising them.

A study and three assessments revealed that praise may help in the fight against children's behavioural problems therefore relieve parents' stress.

Teachers should also praise their students.

31 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Q&A: Team player plots a steady course

What lessons did you learn early in life that were useful for leading a company? Not long after arriving in Hong Kong from Shanghai in the late 1940s, my parents decided to send me to the Air Force School in Taiwan. There, I learnt a lot about co-operation, discipline and trust within a team. Every member plays a different role.

1 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

e-pal: Germany

Connecting with teens around the world

Name Lisa Maria Forster

Age 16

City/country Bremen

Star sign Aries

2 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

e-pal: germany

Connecting with teens around the world

Name Lisa Maria Forster

Age 16

City Bremen

Star sign Aries

Bremen is an old town with a lot of history. It's very green and cosy.

23 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Han Feng

'In the morning I like to go running. When I am in New York I go along the Hudson River or in Central Park; in Shanghai I go in the garden of the Jinjiang Hotel where I live. I go for an hour. I mix it up with yoga and pilates on different days.

22 Jul 2007 - 12:00am


Name: Esther Moiloa

Age: 14

Country/City: South Africa, Johannesburg

School name: Redhill High School

Star sign: Leo

I am a shy and kind girl who lives in Johannesburg, the most populous city in South Africa. My idol is former South African president Nelson Mandela, because he's very courageous.

18 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Animated all the way with a dream team

GoGoNut project leader Mak Chun-keung takes us scene by scene through a day at the office, as he steers along entertaining but also highly challenging creative assignments

I LOVED READING comic books when I was young, and I still do. I always wanted to become a cartoonist because drawing has always been my favourite hobby.

24 Mar 2007 - 12:00am