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Discover Sai Kung's art scene in this month's special on the Kundgom's creative types.

Transcript of Sai Kung Magazine February 2014

  • February 2014

    Sai Kung gets creative

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    PEOPLE

    4 Snapped!Sai Kungs social life.

    THE PLANNER

    6 Happening in FebruaryLovey dovey, horsey horsey.

    FIVE MINUTES WITH...

    10 Once upon a timeMeet childrens author Matt Cooper.

    COUNTRY PARKS

    11 From paradise to battlefieldNews from the green front.

    NEWS

    12 Whats going on?Saving the strays, farmers market and more. LOCAL

    14 Hakka house downPak Tam Chung landmark demolished.

    VINES IN SAI KUNG

    16 New Year, old attitudesStephen Vines on cultural differences.

    CHARITY FOCUS

    18 The Nesbitt CentreHelp for those with special needs.

    FEATURE

    20 Meet the artistsSai Kungs fledgling art community.

    24 Trail runningDiscover the joy.

    EATING

    28 Winter warmers Hot plates for cold days. Plus Nibbles for lovebirds.

    EDUCATION 32 Teaching children with autism Hong Kong makes progress.

    FAMILY 36 Water World plansOcean Parks new attractions.

    OUTDOOR

    38 Surfin Sai KungHang ten in Tai Long Wan.

    BIG DAYS OUT

    40 Zen in KowloonChi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden.

    HEALTH & BEAUTY

    42 The machine ageHi-tech treatments at Allure.

    PETS

    44 Puppy loveSally Andersen recalls her first pup rescue.

    CREATURE FEATURE

    45 Reeves turtle The facts.

    SPORT

    46 Year of the StingrayWhats your sign?

    MARKETPLACE

    47 Your guide to shops and servicesCool stuff to buy and do.

    CLASSIFIEDS

    56 Loads of random useful local stuff.

    ULTIMATE GUIDE

    60 All you need to knowNumbers that make life easier.

    ON PATROL

    62 Burglary seasonStep up your security, people.

    FEBRUARY 2014

    LIFE ISNT ABOUT WAITING FOR THE STORM TO PASS; ITS ABOUT LEARNING TO DANCE IN THE RAIN VIVIAN GREENE

    Cover by Tony Cheng

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    Snaps from Sai Kung

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    people say cheese

    Share your event photos with us at [email protected] Get snapping!

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    UNTIL FEB 9Bamboo TheatreA capella and jazz artists share the stage with Hong Kongs best Chinese opera troupes. Western Kowloon Cultural District. Tickets $200-$280 from www.urbtix.hk, 2734 9009.

    FEB 3Lunar New Year CupThe annual international soccer tournament pitting Hong Kong against four Asian teams. Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, www.hkfa.com.

    FEB 1Lunar New Year FireworksWahhh! Victoria Harbour, 8pm.

    FEB 1-3Lunar New YearPublic holiday to welcome the Year of the Horse. Lets hear it for the gee-gees.

    FEB 2Lunar New Year Race DayBack a horse, watch it run. Sha Tin Racecourse. First race 12.30pm, www.hkjc.com.

    UNTIL FEB 16Blossoming Lunar FiestaOcean Park celebrates Lunar New Year with water acrobatics, giant drums and lots of lai see. Details at www.oceanpark.com.hk.

    FEB 3-7CNY Sports CampSport4Kids mixed-sports camp for children aged three to 12 years is a fun-filled introduction to rugby, soccer and Australian Rules football. 9am-12.30pm daily, Hong Kong Academy, Sai Kung. Tickets $150 a day from [email protected], www.sport4kids.hk.

    FEB 6Sai Kung SamplerThe monthly pop-up market is back, with a host of new vendors and all your old favourites. 6pm-10pm, Steamers, 66 Yi Chun Street, Sai Kung, 2792 6991.

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    planner happening in february

    FEB 15Lost in Hong Kong Book Launch Meet Matt Cooper, local author of a new childrens book (see p.10). 10am-noon. Dymocks, 7 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung, 2791 9110.

    FEB 15Sai Kung Saturday Hash Join the local hash on its monthly hare around Sai Kung, [email protected]

    FEB 18-MAR 22Hong Kong Arts Festival World-class opera, theatre, music and dance. Highlights include Lohengrin by Savonlinna Opera, Bullet Catch, African Tales by Shakespeare, A Midsummers Night Dream, The Magic Piano, Grammy winners Gregory Porter, Roberto Foseca and pianist Maria Joao Pires, Giselle by La Scala Ballet and Highland Fling by the Scottish Ballet. Details at www.hk.artsfestival.org.

    FEB 20Caribbean Night Join Mandy from Mandys Private Kitchen for an evening of Caribbean finger food and rum cocktails. Steamers, 66 Yi Chun St, Sai Kung, 2792 9528.

    FEB 26-MAR 1Abigails Party Hong Kong Players take on Mike Leighs classic comedy. McAulay Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai. Tickets $220-$280 from www.urbtix.hk, 2111 5999.

    FEB 21-23Hong Kong MastersElite showjumping featuring the worlds top 25 riders, plus horse clinics, photo shoots and meet-and-greet opportunities. AsiaWorld-Expo, Lantau. Tickets $190-$980 from www.cityline.com, 2111 5333.

    JAN 15-FEB 16Kidsfest! Stage productions of nine favourite childrens stories, including The Gruffalo, Were Going on a Bear Hunt, Horrible Histories and Private Peaceful. Drama Theatre, HKAPA, Wan Chai. Tickets $195-$395 from www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288.

    FEB 9Confucius CarnivalStage performances, booths, interactive games, lion dancing, Chinese orchestra, opera and choir performances. 3pm, Paterson and Great George streets, East Point and Lockhart roads, Causeway Bay.

    FEB 13 Avril LavigneThe sk8er girls back. AsiaWorld Expo, Lantau. Tickets $380-$780 from www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288.

    FEB 14Valentines DayLove is in the air.

    FEB 15Cold Half SwimHardy swimmers race from Stanley Main Beach to Middle Island, followed by a warming beach party at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. Register by Feb 7 at www.openwaterasia.com.

    FEB 16Hong Kong Marathon Cheer on the thousands of able-bodied and wheelchair racers from Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (near The Mira) to Victoria Park, Causeway Bay. From 6am. For details, visit www.hkmarathon.com.

    FEB 21-MAR 2Restaurant Week Sample the best food in town with cut-price meals at more than 50 top restaurants across Hong Kong, www.restaurantweek.hk.

    FEB 12, 26Quiz nightsThinking caps on. 8.30pm, Hebe One O One, 112 Pak Sha Wan, 2335 5515.

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    BOOK NOW

    Got an event? We can publish the details for free. Email [email protected]

    MAR 9The Rolling Stones 14 on FireA last chance to see Mick and the boys? Not likely! Cotai Arena, Macau. Tickets $580-$14,880 from www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288.

    MAR 9Outward Bound Adventure Race 2014Register now for a one-day adventure race around Hong Kong Island. Including running, kayaking, swimming, orienteering and unexpected challenges. Register at www.outwardbound.org.hk.

    MAR 13-15Beertopia 2014Hong Kongs international craft beer festival, with live music, great food and more than 400 beers to sample. Tickets $280-$930 from www.beertopiahk.com.

    MAR 23Il Divo ConcertBroadway songs, opera voices. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai. Tickets $490-$1,590 from www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288.

    MAR 29-30Bruno Mars The Moonshine JungleIn town for the first time. AsiaWorld Expo, Lantau. Tickets $599-$1,088 from www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288.

    MAR 28-30Hong Kong Rugby SevensThree days of beer, singing, dodgy dancing, fancy dress and, oh yes, world-class rugby. Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, www.hksevens.com.

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    Body shapingIPL face-lift and Hair removal

    Facial,Massage,Waxing,Manicure,Pedicure

    Shop 67, Sai Kung Town Centre, 22-40Fuk Man Road, Sai Kung (Close to Welcome carpark) Tel: 2792 2123 Open every day from 9am -7pm

    Valentine's DayValentine's Day

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    in your backyardfive minutes with... once upon a timeA Hong Kong tale Childrens author and Sai Kung resident Matt Cooper tells his story to Cherrie Yu.

    Im a stay-at-home dad so Im lucky enough to spend a lot of time with my children (Noah, five, and Neve, three). Ive previously worked as a medical writer but Ive done all sorts of jobs from working for a credit-card

    company to scuba diving in Indonesia.

    I spend a lot of time reading childrens books and my son is really fascinated with transportation. I wanted to find some books about that in Hong Kong, but couldnt find anything. So I decided to write one that featured transport in Hong Kong.

    Lost in Hong Kong follows a boy called Tim Chen on his journey from Hong Kong Park to Sai Kung. It follows a

    realistic route and he has lots of adventures around Hong Kong in chasing his mischievous dog.

    Illustrator Fiona Lai and I met when we worked together at a medical firm in Hong

    Kong. She has been working in commercial artwork since she graduated from an art school in Canada. Shes had two exhibitions and can draw in many different styles.

    The process took two years. The best moment was seeing the first illustration for the book. It was different to what I had in mind but better. It was very exciting. We self-published as the publishing industry is hard to break into, there arent a lot of English-language publishing companies in Hong Kong. We started our own company and we already have a few books lined up.

    The plan is to start small, releasing the book in Dymocks Sai Kung and working our way from there. We may make the story bilingual.

    To contact Matt Cooper and Fiona Lai, please email [email protected]

    Author Matt Cooper and illustrator Fiona Lai with Lost in Hong Kong.

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    From paradise to battlefield In a new column, Paul Zimmerman explains the threat to our country parks.

    save our country parks news from the green front

    Since the Country P