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Hong Kong comic Vivek Mahbubani uses multicultural identity to inspire kids

Vivek Mahbubani with students from Mrs Aw Boon Haw Secondary School. Photos: Janice Leung, Edmond So

For a stand-up comedian, Vivek Mahbubani has quite an odd schedule.

Tuesday, 30 June, 2015, 6:52am

Four tips for stopping your pet becoming obese

A bulldog is weighed at DTLAvets in Los Angeles.Photo: Katie Falkenberg

We may think we are showing love for our four-legged friends by spoiling them with food and treats, but in fact we're doing them no favours.

30 Jun 2015 - 6:41am 4 comments

Zero Waste Week: can Hong Kong rise to the challenge?

Nissa Marion (left) and Lisa Christensen (right) at a beach cleanup.

Lisa Christensen and Nissa Marion want individuals, offices, businesses and schools to pledge to reduce the waste they generate between June 7 and 14.

6 Jun 2015 - 11:18pm

Air con debate: does turning it up or down make it cooler?

Air con debate: does turning it up or down make it cooler?

If you want the room cooler, what do you say to the person holding the remote control?

6 Jun 2015 - 11:18pm 1 comment

Documenting courtship eases Vietnamese bride's entry to Canada

Harry Yung with his wife, Thu, and their baby, Jessica, in Vancouver. Photo: Petti Fong

Harry Yung wasn't looking for love when he posted an ad online for a tour guide in Vietnam, where he was heading on holiday. But when he felt a romantic connection with the woman who replied, the Canadian of Chinese-Vietnamese descent knew one thing: everything about their relationship had to be recorded.

6 Jun 2015 - 11:18pm

How Asia is a hub for 'silent crime' of modern-day slavery

Cecilia Flores-Oebanda (second from left), founder of Manila-based Visayan Forum Foundation, will be a delegate at the first Trust Forum Asia, in Hong Kong, on June 17. Photos: Corbis; K.Y. Cheng; Bruce Yan

We talk to abolitionists who will be speaking at the inaugural Trust Forum Asia in Hong Kong this month, in the first of a two-part series on slavery.

11 Jun 2015 - 9:08am 1 comment

Topless in Hong Kong: ex-show girl Neva Shaw recalls 1960s nightlife

Topless in Hong Kong: ex-show girl Neva Shaw recalls 1960s nightlife

She danced up and down Nathan Road, dodged tear gas outside the Mandarin, performed for troops in Vietnam, and remembers when Russell Street was "nothing".  

6 Jun 2015 - 11:20pm 3 comments

A Philippine Billy Elliot: the Manila street kids training as ballet dancers

Student ballet dancers from Tuloy Sa Don Bosco Street Children's Village do stretching exercises. Children from the school have trained in Hong Kong and  earned scholarships to train at a higher level. CLICK HERE TO LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY.

Filmmaker seeks Kickstarter funding to finish  documentary about a school that takes children living on Philippine capital's mean streets and teaches them classical dance


4 Jun 2015 - 10:27am 2 comments

Mind where you point your selfie stick, and 9 other etiquette rules

 Selfie sticks are least intrusive when hordes of other people are not traversing the same terrain.

Here's some timely advice for all Hongkongers with the summer rains, and summer holidays, to come.

3 Jun 2015 - 5:23pm

Cyclists push to make Hong Kong bike-friendly

Photos: Antony Dickson; Felix Wong; Corbis; Dickson Lee; Jonathan Wong

As many major cities embrace the bicycle as a healthy, clean form of commuter travel, Hong Kong appears to be pedalling in the opposite direction.

30 May 2015 - 10:39pm

#missingseats campaign in Hong Kong, city where there's no place to sit

Tourists sit on the ground in Wan Chai's Golden Bauhinia Square in the absence of public seating. Photo: Felix Wong

Students have launched a social media project to highlight the lack of public seating in Hong Kong, using the hashtag #missingseats.

28 May 2015 - 6:38am 9 comments

Can you do a perfect handstand? Health editor gives herself 5 weeks to learn

Pure Fitness gymnastic movement coach Amy Ridge takes Jeanette Wang through some exercises.

Want to gauge how strong your body really is?

26 May 2015 - 6:26am

How a Cathay pilot and Hong Kong rugby sevens player keeps fit

Robertson was first selected to play for Hong Kong at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha.

What does it take to be at the top of your game and your career? We meet the third and final Hong Kong sports representative in this series on people who fly high in the workplace and on the sports field.

4 Jun 2015 - 1:47pm

Vet fees a lottery in Hong Kong, pet owners complain - but vets hit back

Lam Sze-ting with her Maltese, Nana. Photos: Edmond So, Jonathan Wong,  K.Y. Cheng

Living with 21 cats, housewife Cheung Ling ends up goin

26 May 2015 - 6:10am 2 comments

Hong Kong celebrated in English-language books for children

Matthew Cooper with his book Black Rain Day. Photos: Dickson Lee

While reading books can transport us to distant lands, there is also a special pleasure in finding one's own place in a book, a joy Hong Kong children reading in English often miss due to the lack of home-grown children's literature.

26 May 2015 - 2:35pm 1 comment