Pessimism

Home ownership must not be ever-elusive

Last week, the University of Hong Kong Social Sciences Research Centre released results of a survey into people's hopes towards buying property. The news is bleak.

Monday, 11 October, 2010, 12:00am

Prevailing pessimism dilutes impact of basket of goodies

The figure - HK$16.8 billion - is unmistakably eye-catching, the fourth such package of relief measures in the past 15 months. With that, the government will have spent HK$87.6 billion on economic relief, the equivalent of 5.2 per cent of the city's gross domestic product.

27 May 2009 - 12:00am

Faith ache

As with all faith-based belief systems, for non-believers, fung shui's pronouncements and predictions fall into one of three categories: common sense (the main door of an apartment should not open onto a near wall); the improbable (the benefits of having a mountain behind your home); and the nonsensical.

15 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Time for curtain to fall on Olympic singers saga

Amid all the financial gloom, it may seem longer than just five months since the nation celebrated the opening of the Beijing Olympic Games. But many of the images of that night endure.

12 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Don't dwell on the past

I think it's important not to look back and to keep moving forward.

If we are always reviewing what happened in the past, we are not living in the present or preparing for what lies ahead of us. The past may have given you some deep, painful wounds, but all wounds heal with the passing of time.

9 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

The power of positive thinking

Hong Kong bookshops are crammed with self-help guides to every conceivable aspect of success and happiness. Yet, they do not seem to have made much of a dent in the downward spiralling of our collective psyche.

5 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Feeling good again

The surge in economic confidence, recorded in the latest quarterly opinion survey, bears little relation to the state of the territory's economy. Unemployment and inflation have both recently risen, albeit only marginally, and the property market is still largely in the doldrums.

29 Apr 1996 - 12:00am