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Christmas Carols and Church Events

Dec 2 Light Up a Life Christmas Concert Tree-lighting ceremony in St John’s Cathedral with carols by the Welsh Male Voice Choir, the Island School Choir and other performers, followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the garden. When: 7.30pm-9pm Cost: Tickets $200 in aid of hospice care from St John’s Cathedral Where: Bookshop, 4-8 Garden Road, Central […]

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Christmas Tree Crisis

Hong Kong’s fresh Christmas trees are (almost) all at sea, with many shipments running weeks late and others cancelled completely owing to industrial action in United States ports. Most local nurseries order noble and Douglas firs from the US for the festive season – 22,000 arrived last year – but a six-month dispute between longshoremen […]

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Union Jacks Bar & Grill

Chris Luk Yee-sin, bar manager of Union Jacks, talks to us about the his newest venture in Sai Kung Square. “We opened on September 5. The concept is partly British food and partly seafood. Our brand is British – fish and chips, steak – plus different types of fresh seafood for the grill. Seafood is […]

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Hotel for Dogs

Going away for Christmas? We finds places to stash your pooch.   DB Dog Dayz Located in an (air-conditioned) house in Sai Kung Country Park, DB Dog Dayz offers a more homey environment than most kennels and invites you to bring your dog to visit before deciding to board. Dog Dayz is perfect for active […]

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Kayaking in Sai Kung

The islands around Sai Kung are among our greatest treasures. And there are few better – and more healthy – ways to explore them than renting a kayak for a day. Kayaks and life jackets can be hired Sai Sha and Hoi Ha beach – to name but two – for around $50 an hour or […]

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Jumpstart Mandarin

Jumpstart Mandarin founder Peilin Lee explains the centre’s fresh approach. By Tim Ma.  In today’s multicultural world, bilingualism is a trait that many parents increasingly regard as essential for their children. And in Hong Kong, the second language of choice is often Mandarin. Enter Peilin Lee, founder and director of Jumpstart Mandarin Learning Centre in […]

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Get ready for the TriChallenge

Sai Kung, are you up for the TriChallenge? New 10km endurance race, IP Global TriChallenge 2014, is set to grace Sai Kung Country Park on 22 November to raise funds and awareness for the charity ShelterBox. Teams of four will race through the park, carrying an empty ShelterBox and participating in checkpoint challenges. “We are continually impressed with the valuable, and often […]

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Jackie Peers

Holiday with orangutans on a photography tour with Jackie Peers It’s five years since I first went to Camp Leakey and the Orangutan Care Centre in Kalimantan, Indonesia, with my Sai Kung-based friend, Mara McCaffery of Orangutan Aid. The aim was to photograph some of the hundreds of orangutans for which she raises funds in Hong […]

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Reader’s Choice Awards 2014 [Food & Beverage]

Best Restaurant & Most Pet-friendly Restaurant Jaspa’s Jaspa’s is a long-time favourite among our readers, winning in a number of different categories over the five years we’ve been running the Readers’ Choice Awards. This year, it picked up both the Best Restaurant and Most Pet-friendly Restaurant awards. Here’s a sample of what you said. “Where […]

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On Staycation

Carolynne Dear takes a break at the Auberge Discovery Bay. Discovery Bay is lovely first thing in the morning. Sitting at Zac’s with a skinny latte in hand, the sun shining and watching a couple of kayakers gently lapping the bay, it’s easy to tap into that lazy, hazy holiday feeling. Why jet off to Southeast Asia when there is so […]

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The official Sai Kung Classifieds has launched!

We have officially launched Sai Kung Classifieds on saikung.com! Do you have something you don’t need anymore? A service you want to share with fellow Sai Kungers? Don’t fret! Sai Kung Classifieds to the rescue! We hope this service will be more effective than sticking notes to lampposts around town. Sai Kung Classifieds is a great way to […]

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Chinese Opera in Sai Kung

Backstage in Sai Kung’s bamboo theatre.  It’s Saturday night and Sai Kung’s bamboo opera theatre is filling up. Families are gathering to take their allotted seats, their names hand-written on labels attached to the seatbacks. Outside, people mill around temporary market stalls set up opposite Steamers selling balloons, jewellery, snacks and desserts. We are escorted through the growing crowd and led backstage. Tonight we […]

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One-Thirtyone

Sophia Ho grills chef Brendon Chadwick at Sai Kung’s laidback fine-dining restaurant, One-Thirtyone.  I come from Perth, Western Australia, and I now live in Tai Tung Tsuen Village, Sai Kung. I have a newborn son and I thought Sai Kung would suit us better.I wanted to be a mechanic, like my father, but I broke my back while […]

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Top 8 Organic Farms

Garden Farm Grow your own organic fruit and vegetables by renting an allotment from Garden Farm, with sizes varying from 36 sqft to 96 sqft and costing $600-$1,500 per quarter. Staff offer instruction on organic farming techniques from the basics of turning over the soil before planting to harvest. Prices include equipment, seeds, compost etc. After a […]

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Exercising outdoors

Is it safe to exercise in Hong Kong’s pollution? Jane Wolfers finds out.   It doesn’t take a scientist to tell you Hong Kong’s air quality is bad. Maritime pollution, vehicle exhaust and emissions from factories in China are to blame. The government has pledged to “dramatically improve” our air, with measurable results expected in […]

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Mong Kok markets

Hannah Grogan blazes Mong Kok’s market trail. Mong Kok isn’t for everyone, especially when the mercury climbs into the 30s, but the cooler weather makes this the perfect time to explore the city’s liveliest district and its weird and wonderful specialist markets. The market trail stretches from Prince Edward to Yau Ma Tei. The Hong […]

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How to find a lost dog

Sally Andersen’s tips for finding a lost dog. Recently I spent three weeks searching for a lost dog that ran away from its prospective adopter on the very first day. Happily, the dog is now safely back after her adventure “holiday”, but it’s not the first time that I’ve had to spend my rare days […]

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Burglars in Sai Kung

Joe Au Yeung Tak reveals the latest developments in the fight against housebreakers. Don’t tackle burglars Let me start by telling you about a recent robbery case. After a prolonged period of observation, intelligence analysis and ambushes, Rural Patrol Unit, assisted by CID officers from Wong Tai Sin District, successfully arrested two mainland illegal immigrants […]

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Derek Ko

Hannah Grogan meets the Paralympic track-and-field medallist turned sailor. Tell us about your nomination for the SCMP Spirit of Hong Kong Awards. I was very happy to be selected. I’m not a final contender, but I was happy to be noticed by the community. It is my first time in an English newspaper – I’ve […]

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Horizon Plaza Cheat Sheet

Sophie Sherrard charts three routes through the Ap Lei Chau shopping complex.   When it comes to shopping for furniture, discount designer fashion or baby essentials, one destination springs to mind: Horizon Plaza. Navigating the 23 floors of this vertical warehouse-turned-shopping centre on Ap Lei Chau can be overwhelming, so we’ve planned three routes to […]

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Creative Classes for Adults in Sai Kung

Cherrie Yu checks out a bunch of creative clases for adults in and around town.  Oil painting Get creative on canvas at Anastasia’s Arthouse. Its Oil and Acrylic Painting lessons is a hands-on course that teaches would-be artists technique, colour theory, composition, structure, proportion, perspective and paint manipulation. Students learn to capture a scene’s light, […]

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Getting fit for 2014

Adele Rosi puts this year’s fitness trends through their paces.   When Jane Fonda first donned Lycra and leg warmers in 1980, her aerobics workouts spawned a multi-billion-dollar industry. But like any industry, what’s in one year may be out the next. Who remembers step and aqua aerobics, callanetics and boxercise? Hugely popular in 2012, […]

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Healthy Dining in Sai Kung

Cherrie Yu is well nourished.   Hong Kong Gourmet Burger Company Before your eyebrows shoot up, Castelo Concepts’ newcomer Hong Kong Gourmet Burger Company has a deliciously healthy veggie burger. The grilled and pesto haloumi burger ($98) is a char-grilled garden of vegetables with grilled haloumi cheese and basil pesto. Instead of fries, go for […]

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Horizon Plaza cheat sheet

Sophie Sherrard charts three routes through the Ap Lei Chau shopping complex.     When it comes to shopping for furniture, discount designer fashion or baby essentials, one destination springs to mind: Horizon Plaza. Navigating the 23 floors of this vertical warehouse-turned-shopping centre on Ap Lei Chau can be overwhelming, but veterans confirm that it’s […]

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Mayarya’s Exclusive Discount Card

To celebrate the launch of Tiffany Rose exclusively in stores, Mayarya are offering a discount card to all Sai Kung & Clearwater bay Magazine readers! Founded in 2003, designed and made in the U.K., Tiffany Rose’s aim is to offer pregnant women the chance to wear elegant and well-made maternity dresses for special occasions. Members of the royal […]

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