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Phoebe Buffay

Up close and personal

Illustration: Pearl Law

I remember very well our first year of married life. Helena was pregnant soon after our honeymoon. As first-time parents, we were nervous and panicky. I bought a large coffee-table tome on pregnancy, birth and baby care.

Monday, 17 September, 2012, 9:57am

Homegrown champions

From March 6 to 8, 1.57 million students around the world logged onto the internet for something phenomenal - the World Education Games.

The annual three-day event, organised by a team from education provider 3P Learning, featured World Spelling Day, World Maths Day and World Science Day. The events were free for students and schools to enter.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Why did I bring it up?

I was complaining online to my three children about the training of Chocolate, our toy poodle.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Unsung heroes

Name Phoebe Kong Chun-ki School Diocesan Girls' School Grade Form Two Sport Athletics (sprinting)


16 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Words find a way

Communication, or rather the lack of it, is frequently given as the cause for almost every mistake, mishap or form of misconduct. I neither understand, nor subscribe to, this universal blame.

I can communicate perfectly with Chocolate, my pet toy poodle, whose level of understanding enables him to carry out every command I utter.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Making sport of dad

I've raised three ungrateful children; the exception is Chocolate, my fourth - except dogs don't count. Phoebe, Phoebus and Fabian blame me - or my genes, to be precise - for making them 'vertically challenged' (yet the boys are taller than I am). Phoebe also accuses me of giving her short fingers. They never credit heredity for their talents in music.

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Play it for all it's worth

I have given talks on drama to schoolchildren and also taught the subject in continuing education courses to schoolteachers and arts administrators. Each time, I asked audience members to raise their hands if they had ever engaged in any drama activities.

4 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Why my children tuned out

At a recent charity dinner to raise funds for the Charles K. Kao Foundation for Alzheimer's disease, my son, Phoebus, and his wife, Danielle, performed an improvised version of the theme to the Japanese movie Departures on piano and flute.

14 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Make it a habit to read the paper

Some secondary students in Hong Kong do not read the newspaper every day. The say they are too busy with homework and don't have the time. I think this is an excuse.

The best time for students to read the paper is during lunch. But many prefer to play ball games.

I always read the paper during lunch and play ball games after school.

29 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Poetic touch that frees your mind

For Carina Chan Yibei, creating her own poem is a new experience. 'In our school, we only recite poems written by others. I've never written a poem myself,' says the 17-year-old student from Shanghai Minli High School.

1 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

In praise of janitors

Everyone respects teachers, but have you thought about the people in the shade - janitors?

Every school has janitors. You might forget they are there, but they play an important role. They provide a clean environment for us to study in.

29 May 2009 - 12:00am

All hands for charity

Now in its 21st year, Operation Santa Claus encourages schools to come up with innovative ways to raise funds for local charities.

This year, St Mark's and Diocesan Girls' School have been particularly active.

'We raised HK$49,205 this year,' said Manuel Man Wing-ho, a St Mark's Form Six student and key organiser of the school's OSC events.

26 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Thursday Think-tank

Five things we're all wondering about

1 Li Ka-shing buys into Facebook ... that's because he already considers all of Hong Kong as 'My Space'.

2 Anson Chan Fang On-sang claims big win in election ... meanwhile, poor Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee can't even claim the big hair title anymore.

6 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

New mum back to work in time for arts fund-raiser

The Asian Art Archive is gearing up for its big annual fund-raiser just as executive director Claire Hsu Vuchot returns from maternity leave. The fund-raising dinner is this Friday at the China Club.

3 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Socialite Wan Bao-bao has new priorities now that she's in business

We're not sure if she's trying to fool herself or us when socialite Wan Bao-bao (right) says she prefers 6to be in the background and out of the spotlight.

30 Nov 2007 - 12:00am