It seems Lai See is being blamed for a rise in interbank rates. No, not Lai See the columnist. Here we refer to the red envelopes that stole our name. Every year, lucky money swapping sends demand for hard cash on an upward spiral. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority estimated that ushering in the Year of the Rabbit would send $3.4 billion flowing out of vaults and into packets. Hence the rise in interbank rates. It's not a real problem though, because the phenomenon is short-lived. CLSA wrote about it in a recent report. Apparently bored, the bankers dug deeper, unearthing this little information nugget: 'If we assume that all the $3.4 billion drawn down was used for Lai See, that means everyone in Hong Kong should have given [or received] $500!' There. You've heard it from the experts. Everyone in Hong Kong should have given Lai See $500. If you haven't done so yet, don't panic. There's still time. And don't fret about the cash shortage. We accept cheques. It's a great day for Hong Kong people. Barbie has given us permission to perform her new dance. The famous doll has just released her first CD, 'Beyond Pink'. Here's the SAR segment: 'Doesn't matter where you come from, Be it Hollywood or Hong Kong, Here's a dance for us all, Wave your hands in the air, But don't fall.' Cheers for that, Barbie. Presumably the CD launch is timed to coincide with the doll's 40th birthday, kicking off the Year of Barbie. The literature promoting the new album includes the star's family tree. The 40-year-old toy is at the top. Below is Skipper, 'Barbie's Little Sister', followed by Stacie 'Barbie's Littlest Sister'. Stacie's 'littlest' status is a bit odd. She's three years older than her Baby Sister Kelly. Also in the information package is a 'Barbie History'. This provides a retrospective of the blonde icon's achievements. Barbie's career history followed the traditional path. From fashion model to stewardess, from stewardess to ballerina, from ballerina to astronaut. Now she's clearly destined for pop stardom. For who could resist songs such as 'From the Jump'? Here, Barbie tackles the difficult issue of love and loyalty in the face of clinical depression. 'Sure as a heart goes bumpety bump, I'm there from the jump, For you I'll do a slam dunk, I won't sit back like a lumpety lump, Even if you act like a grumpety grump, I'm there from the jump.' From the 'Wing And A Prayer' files. Reader David Dyson recently flew from Hong Kong to Hanoi. During the journey, he decided to kill some time flipping through the in-flight magazine. An article on the carrier's history caught his eye. Under the caption 'The People of Vietnam Airlines' (VNA) were a couple of staff photographs accompanied by brief quotes. One of them showed a 28-year-old maintenance technician named Do Xuan Vu. He had studied in France and Japan, joining Vietnam Airlines in 1996. The technician's only comment? 'I hope that VNA will soon update its maintenance equipment.' Not what you want to read at 30,000 feet. Music legend Vanessa Mae is off to the Qantas Australian Grand Prix. The techno-acoustic fusion violinist is playing at the event's official ball on March 5. Meanwhile, her first movie project, The Violin Fantasy, is being touted in Australia as 'the first silent movie in full Technicolour and Dolby Surroundsound.' Hardly surprising no one's done it before. Running silence through an expensive sound system seems a trifle pointless. Wonder if it's also the first full Technicolour movie to appear in black and white.