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Mini cityscapes bring a whole new perspective to Hong Kong

Macy Kwan Mei-see with her opera scene, complete with bamboo stage. Photo: Paul Yeung

In a city defined by its skyscrapers and towering residential blocks, hundreds of Hongkongers have been flocking to an exhibition in Tsing Yi that celebrates the opposite: miniature streetscapes.

Sunday, 7 April, 2013, 11:58am

Victoriana revisited

If you are lacking indoor space, but want to surround yourself with plants, a terrarium could be the answer.

The miniature, private worlds occupied by lush greens and tiny figurines have begun gaining favour with young design enthusiasts and creative types.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Living life in a fishbowl

Marriage brought Wayde King and Brett Raymer together - well, sort of. They're brothers-in-law: King (above left with Raymer) is married to Raymer's sister, Heather. The two men are best known as the outrageous duo in the reality television series, Tanked, showing the day-to-day activities of a company that makes aquariums.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

HP Pavilion dm4 Beats Edition

Audiophiles will recognise the distinctive lowered-case 'b' as a symbol of high-fidelity sound from manufacturers Beats Audio. Now HP is hoping to attract the same type of users to its Pavilion series of laptop computers.

The new Pavilion dm4 Beats Edition is a crossover laptop that combines some impressive PC functionality with the world-renowned sound quality from Beats.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Ocean Park fish set for aquarium move

Ocean Park is moving the inhabitants of its Atoll Reef to the new Grand Aquarium over the next few weeks, but not all of the marine life will stay in the park after the relocation.

More than 2,000 marine animals will be transported down the hill to the new Aqua City facility on the park's waterfront, which is due to open at the end of the month.

3 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

A fish tank in the right place can bring harmony, wealth and happiness

Walking into your home and seeing your beloved dog, cat, bird or turtle can bring wonderful feelings of happiness, love and companionship. However, some pets, such as fish, can increase your wealth, improve your health and help your career, according to the ancient art and science of fung shui.

20 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Aquarium landscapes

Agroup of Hong Kong hobbyists are brightening up their fish tanks with creative landscaping.

The aquarium lovers have set up Creative Aquascape Union (CAU), which has weekly meetings and a bilingual website - cau-aqua.net - on which they share photos of their aquarium creations and exchange ideas about taking care of aquatic plants

28 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

One-track minds

The clanking of wheels, hissing of steam and the roar of a locomotive as it thunders past - these are music to Hong Kong's railway aficionados.

A group of people from diverse backgrounds, they are united by an interest in all things connected to railways, expressed in hobbies that vary from photography to model building.

5 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Shock risk prompts aquarium pump recall

Two models of Hydor aquarium water pumps are being recalled because of a possible risk of electric shock. The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department had asked consumers to stop using Koralia 2 and Koralia 3 models that bear the batch numbers 644, 651, 703 and 707. A department test had found the pumps could have an electrical problem.

10 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Fishy business

The practice of keeping aquariums is not limited to fans of tropical fish. Some fung shui masters recommend the placement of aquariums to stimulate wealth and elevate prospects. In classical fung shui, water represents wealth and moving water is believed to stimulate the wealth energy in your environment.

15 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Modern devices can take the work out of workout

The American stand-up comedian Richard Jeni offers an alternative diet plan for obese people in denial. It's called 'Stop Eating You Fat B*****d!'

Jeni's approach is perhaps a touch on the harsh side. Losing weight is tough, thanks in no small part to the contribution made by the digital lifestyle.

3 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Sweet Venom

Sweet Venom

by Betty Rowlands

Nel $112

A classic example of why Betty Rowlands has been called 'the queen of the contemporary cosy'. It's set in a peaceful village of England's Cotswolds and peopled by ladies who arrange flowers, a benign vicar and Melissa Craig, a crime-writer newly married to her agent.

9 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Programmers who take it to the max

Extremism is overrated. When it comes to sport, what is so great about looping the loop on a skateboard or surfing skyscraper waves in shark-infested waters?

I feel the same way about extreme people: I prefer equivocators who say 'maybe' and 'I could be wrong' to zealots who punctuate their opinions by detonating explosives strapped to their bodies.

4 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Scary pictures

Taking snapshots of New York's major buildings and bridges used to be routine for the many millions of tourists who visit every year. Boring to some, perhaps, but just about as harmless as it gets. But this is not so anymore.

11 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Treasure of a hunt with thrill of GPS guidance

Which is the key invention of all time. Fire? The wheel? The internet? True, each of these ideas was handy but, surely, none made such an impact as GPS.

27 Jul 2004 - 12:00am