Personal Life

Why we still have a reason to smile

In a city driven by money as much as ours, the assumption would be that the economic downturn that is savaging share portfolios and company profits is making everyone gloomy.

Saturday, 22 November, 2008, 12:00am

Always help when you can

I recently took part in a meaningful activity. I volunteered to sell towels at an event organised by the Spinal Muscular Atrophy Charitable Trust.

13 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

New lifeline

The government will provide HK$10 billion in loans for small and medium-sized businesses. Is this enough to help these firms, which are often the first to go under during an economic downturn? Write to us.

12 Nov 2008 - 12:00am


Monday, November 3: International Council of Shopping Centres presents John T Riordan Global School for Professional Development (until Nov 7).

Tuesday, November 4: American Chamber of Commerce breakfast: 'China's manpower movement: The employment contract law unionisation of MNCs'. Bank of America Tower.

1 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Gleeson grabs early lead

David Gleeson rolled in seven birdies to grab the lead in the Macau Open, then nonchalantly shrugged off his opening-day heroics as just an 'ordinary' round.

The Australian, who carded an error-free seven-under-par 64, will be hoping his next three rounds are as ordinary at the Macau Golf and Country Club as he bids to break a six-year drought on the Asian Tour.

24 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

The Verandah - Relaxed refinement from a more genteel age

1/F The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Kowloon, 2315 3166

16 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Love your pet like you love your friends

Last month, my friend was very sad because her pet died. She thought it was her fault for not taking good care of it. It made me think about the equality between animals and humans and how we should respect animals.

13 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Feeling the rush

Magician and endurance artist David Blaine hangs upside down in New York City's Central Park. Blaine said he would stay in that position for 60 hours. Simple as it may sound, the stunt could easily have killed him, doctors said. The constant rush of blood to his brain for so many hours could have left him blind, or worse, given him a stroke.

25 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

A hard sport, made even tougher to conquer

Playing golf is harder than it looks, especially if you can't see. But 12 blind and visually impaired people have found their ability to swing.

They started taking lessons two years ago and meet every Tuesday at driving ranges and golf courses.

22 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Dream on and enjoy the journey

When I was a child, I believed people without dreams did not live meaningful lives. But I became confused as I grew up and gained a better understanding of this world.

I wondered if people should be too stubborn or go too far to make their dreams come true.

19 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

How to keep fighting fit

This week: Ross Robinson, 17

Ross asks: How do I keep fit for karate training?

Wynnie says: Sports people generally need more vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients than their less active counterparts. These types of nutrients help boost the immune system, protecting the body from illnesses and keeping it in peak condition.

14 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Be happy with a simple life

Sometimes we are happier when life is simpler.

This summer, I went to the Philippines with Oxfam, and saw so many poor Filipinos whose houses had been destroyed by typhoons.

9 Aug 2008 - 12:00am


Holidays - go your own way

After a year of hard work, how are you going to spend your precious holiday?

Holidays are a time to rest and enjoy, spend time with our friends and family and take a break from our busy lives.

Our family is planning to go to Portland in the United States. We are deciding whether to join a package tour or go on our own.

23 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Obsession: beach bag

Most editors gush over Martin Margiela's experimental take on fashion. Known for transforming an ordinary item into something hip, Margiela has worked his magic on this convertible terry beach bag (below, HK$1,750). Made of terry cloth, the bag can be unzipped to form a towel/mat to sit on. If you use it as a bag, adjust the capacity using the tabs at the bottom.

26 May 2008 - 12:00am

Don't give up in face of adversity

Everyone tries to set targets and achieve goals. These include being top of the class, a successful singer or a millionaire. This requires great effort and we might have to wait a long time for our dreams to come true.

Faced with challenges, many of us might sacrifice our goals. But the film Take the Lead shows that perseverance will lead to success.

13 May 2008 - 12:00am