Lost in space ... how to furnish a larger flat

In a city where an apartment of 500 square feet can be considered roomy, having too much space is not a problem many people face.

Wednesday, 9 May, 2012, 12:00am


A new wave of upscale boutique resorts is emerging in Asia for exclusive meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) events. Typically located in picturesque locations away from cities, these private holiday resorts are able to offer MICE planners a high degree of privacy and exclusivity for their events, together with personal services and tailor-made facilities.

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Rule change would stop firms hoarding land

Mainland property developers should start construction on idle sites within three months of receiving a government order, according to the latest amendments to draft rules aimed at curbing land hoarding.

The Ministry of Land and Resources on Wednesday posted revised draft restrictions - containing 34 rules yet to come into effect - on its website for public comment.

23 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Talk of the birds and the boars

Game season gives chefs a chance to show off their classic, traditional skills on a variety of meats that do not seem susceptible to more modern treatments.

The highly flavoured ingredients have been shot, eviscerated and possibly left on a hook to virtually turn rotten, yet in the hands of the right chefs, they can turn into refined dining at a high level.

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Japan's hotels need 2 years to rebound

Japan's hotels are not expected to fully recover from the collapse in revenues that followed the March earthquake and tsunami until the first quarter of 2013, according to a report by agency Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels.

The agency says the revenue per available room (revPAR) of Tokyo's full-service hotels were down 38 per cent in March compared with the same month last year.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

New laws need public input, government told

The city's consumer watchdog yesterday urged the government to come out of its bureaucratic shell and talk to people on the street when making important laws.

3 May 2011 - 12:00am

Teddy two-jobs ... and friends

Many young people have two jobs. Teddy and two of his friends have six jobs between them. Listen to what they say about their work and then answer these questions.


1 How old was Teddy when he left university?

a. 24

b. twenty-three and a half

c. twenty-five and a half

11 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Intriguing reference to privatisation results in many raised eyebrows

Few expected any news from China's top legislator, National People's Congress chairman Wu Bangguo, when he delivered his annual address last week.

But Wu, who ranks No 2 in the Communist Party hierarchy, raised quite a few eyebrows with some intriguing remarks on the state of the nation.

15 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Why capitalism must reform or die

Leading business executives must get rid of their stock market-driven fixation with short-term results and institute deep and far-reaching reforms if they want to ensure the survival of capitalism. This plea comes not from an isolated academic in an ivory tower but from the top executive of the McKinsey consultancy group writing in the flagship journal, the Harvard Business Review.

9 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

There's nothing inevitable about China's economic rise

Open any major business publication these days and the chances are you will come across an article about how China is destined to overtake the United States as the world's dominant economy.

7 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Executive incentives

Cecilia Yeung Wai-ling, director of sales Jetour Mice Services

24 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Decades of robust growth ahead, Chinese chamber delegates told

The mainland's robust economic growth will probably endure for the next 20 to 30 years as the country restructures to place more emphasis on domestic consumption and the environment, rather than focusing only on exporting and on accumulating savings.

29 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

HK is best performer for Peninsula chain

Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, the owner of Peninsula hotels around the world, saw yields increase in the first quarter of this year, with its Hong Kong business weathering the economic downturn best.

13 May 2010 - 12:00am

liberal studies

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions:

1 Why did the government stop selling HOS flats in 2003?

a. The government could not sell them successfully.

b. The government cannot make any profit selling them.

c. The property developers said the flats had contributed to falling property values.

30 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Voice in the wilderness

I am a house captain at my school, and after the recent athletic meet, I was frustrated and disappointed. It seemed that I was the only one working hard to achieve good results.

29 Jan 2010 - 12:00am