Lana Lam

Sindy eyes a comeback on the mainland

Fun-loving, fashionable British girl (with roots in Hong Kong) seeks long-term partner for travel - and making money - on the mainland.

Sindy (pictured), Britain's Hong Kong-made answer to the Barbie doll, turns 50 next year.

Sunday, 22 July, 2012, 12:00am

Suicide rate in the city lowest in a decade

The suicide rate in Hong Kong dropped to its lowest level in a decade last year, with 833 deaths - down 19 per cent year on year - according to figures from the Coroner's Court.

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Neglected artists' village seeks HK$12m

It has been more than a decade since a former slaughterhouse in To Kwa Wan was transformed into an artists' village, but with attention shifting to another Kowloon arts hub, tenants at the Cattle Depot Artist Village feel neglected and forgotten.

One of the long-standing tenants at the Cattle Depot wants the government to inject at least HK$12 million to revive the site.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

12 scramble for glory in annual festival

Cheung Chau may be famed for its legends of buried pirate treasure and sumptuous seafood, but it is an annual scramble for plastic buns that attracts most attention.

The midnight race attracted just over 200 applicants this year, who battled it out in a series of heats earlier this month before the final 12 competitors were selected.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Don't worry, be happy - it's his longevity mantra

For 98-year-old Chan Sui-wan, staying positive is one of his secrets to a long and healthy life.

'Don't worry about things too much, and when there are problems, take it one step at a time to solve it,' he says. 'I'm very positive, and I'm not greedy. I also do yoga and meditate every day.'

He adds that keeping a regular daily schedule is also important.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Privately run social enterprise a cut above the rest

'YC' was just 15 when she had her first taste of ketamine. Within weeks she was hooked, her life spiralling into a drug-dependent haze that only ended when she was arrested by police.

Now 21, the young, bright-eyed woman working at the Fullness hairdressing salon in Sai Wan Ho is quietly spoken and talks openly about her troubled past.

28 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Where were you?

US consul general Stephen Young

I was starting my day as director of the office of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh affairs in the State Department in Washington. When I heard the news about the first plane, we were in a senior staff meeting with our assistant secretary, and everyone thought it was an accident.

11 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Letters to marchers defended

Hong Kong's top prosecutor says his decision to send letters to 109 protesters who escaped criminal charges over a rowdy anti-budget protest earlier this year was an 'appropriate' move to remind demonstrators to be peaceful and considerate of others.

4 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

'Blind' concert brings light to many

Five years ago, Sherman Yuen Chun-man woke up in hospital and got the shock of his life: he was totally blind.

A car accident in Sydney had robbed him of his sight and his career as a flight attendant was over.

'I didn't know how to react. I cried for days but then it was tiring so I stopped,' the 32-year-old said.

21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Surviving between a rock and a hard place

For more than half his life, 58-year-old street sleeper Cheung 'Ah-hoi' has lived between a rock and a hard place.

21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Happiness is sharing your ideas with others

Wan Chai - which was last week voted the happiest place in Hong Kong - added another string to its bow yesterday, when it joined the likes of Barbados, Seoul and Argentina.

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Cool minimalist living ... includes free satire

A YouTube video depicting the cramped conditions of subdivided flats in Sham Shui Po and parodying a high-end development has gone viral in Hong Kong, attracting more than 170,000 views in a fortnight.

The satirical six-minute video called King's Cube was produced and directed by Chinese University of Hong Kong graduate Joe Yiu as part of her final fine arts masters project.

8 May 2015 - 10:49am

Official busking show's a bust ...

It was the show that stopped before it even started.

The debut performance of the government's new Open Stage programme, scheduled for 4pm yesterday, was cancelled when the performer - Chan Kwong-yui - pulled out of the show for unspecified reasons on Tuesday.

17 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Charmer nearly saved the day

It seemed almost too easy: sitting in a comfy lounge, drink in hand and bathed in flattering light while ten bachelors lined up to talk to me.

But nothing is as it seems.

Things started off well with an insurance salesman from Singapore who practised what he preached as an 'open-minded' guy who was easy to talk to.

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

O-negative supplies prove the lifeblood of a family

When mother-of-three Rangana Abdulla looks at her young children, she is reminded of how glad she is that she did not have her first child in Hong Kong.

The British-born American of Indian descent has O-negative blood and when she had her son Aamir in Britain five years ago, she suffered post-delivery bleeding and needed six units of blood.

12 Jun 2011 - 12:00am