KEEPING HIS OPTIONS OPEN Wu Ying, head of UTSTarcom's China operations and company co-founder, boasted of his firm's growth prospects while attending a telecommunications conference in Beijing this week. A reporter duly asked him if that was so, why had he and other UTSTarcom executives been selling their shares in the company? Mr Wu said one of the secrets of the firm's success was low operation costs, which included a policy of economy class-only flights. By selling his shares, Mr Wu could afford to upgrade to business class. bathed in privacy Reporters found it curious that City Telecom's booth at the Filmart trade show contains a mock bathroom complete with a television. It got a little bit weirder when chairman Ricky Wong Wai-kay posed for a series of photos in the 'bathroom'. Reporters watching the shoot didn't get the significance until it was finally articulated by a City Telecom employee. Bathrooms are the most private room in a person's home. By putting a TV in a mock toilet, the company wished to communicate that television too is an intensely personal experience - really. missing the boat Last week Lai See received a random phone call from Kenya Airlines, which recently implemented direct services to Hong Kong. When offered a junket to see Kenya's attractions, we asked what those attractions were. Our Kenya Air contact said he wasn't exactly sure, which led us to suspect he might be a local hire. Yesterday Kenya Air was again on the phone. But no junket offer. Instead we were offered interviews with senior airline management and Kenya's ambassador to China. We should have grabbed the junket.