20 August 2017

Ben Kwok

EJ Insight writer
  • According to Chinese medicine, prunella herbal tea helps remove heat from the liver. Source: Dayre

    Herbal tea in summer, anyone?

    - Aug 18, 2017 3:27pm
    One profession I would never fancy taking up in my next life is this: Chinese medicine doctor. Well, the prescriptions they dole out can be quite perplexing for patients at times, while on some occasions the...
  • The Kinnet boasts cutting edge gym equipment and facilities including restaurants serving healthy menus. Photo:

    Wellness center for seniors runs out of steam

    - Aug 17, 2017 1:50pm
    A good business concept does not always work in Hong Kong, no matter how powerful the owner is. Spare a thought for Bernard Chan, convenor of the Executive Council and president of Asia Financial Holdings, which...
  • A showflat for the Edition 178 property development that is underway in Kwai Chung. Image credit:

    Nano Edition 178, the red-hot new home in Hong Kong

    - Aug 11, 2017 1:41pm
    A nano-flat project being undertaken by a not-too-active developer and which carries an unorthodox name has emerged as the hottest new residential development in Hong Kong. Edition 178, a redeveloped single building in Kwai Chung, has...
  • Donald Duck, with Chip and Dale, providing entertainment at the Shanghai Disneyland. Photo: YouTube

    Even Donald Duck and Banna the Elephant can’t stand the heat

    - Aug 9, 2017 12:23pm
    Think it’s unbearably hot in Hong Kong these days? Well, if it would make you feel a bit better, it’s arguably hotter in Shanghai, one of the most populous cities in the world with 24 million...
  • Almost half of the small new homes are either in Tseung Kwan O or North West New Territories. Only 11 per cent are on Hong Kong Island. Photo: Bloomberg

    Prison break, Hong Kong version

    - Aug 8, 2017 12:44pm
    Perhaps no one except Hong Kong people understands better this famous line from the American TV series Prison Break: “We are captives of our own identities, living in prisons of our own creations.” Why? Because many...
  • Many restaurant operators have chosen to move up to higher-priced categories, instead of charging more for dim sum. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    Why dim sum is becoming more expensive

    - Aug 4, 2017 1:48pm
    Small means more expensive in Hong Kong. We are not talking about housing; we’re talking about food – dim sum, in particular. Like residential flats, there are different ways of pricing Chinese delicacies. Prices are mainly determined...
  • How much a listed company is paying its top executives and directors offers investors some insight into how it is run. Photo: AFP

    Why do these young executives get paid HK$60,000 a month?

    - Aug 3, 2017 11:02am
    There’s no hard and fast rule about how much a company director or top executive should be receiving by way of remuneration. Some, like CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd. (00001.HK) group managing director Canning Fok Kin-ning, take home nine-digit...
  • Pedestrians walk past bicycles at the Hong Kong Science Park. Bicycle slots should not be expensive but a group just paid HK$7.69 million for 427 bicycle parking spaces. Photo: Bloomberg

    Bicycle parking investment, anyone?

    - Aug 1, 2017 12:26pm
    Every square foot of land in Hong Kong is pricey. In what could be the city’s single largest transaction on bicycle parking space, a group of property investors is said to have paid HK$7.69 million to...
  • Hong Kong workers should be given a high-temperature vacation, or at least be allowed to work from home, when the weather soars to unbearable levels. Photo: EJ Insight

    Let’s have a high-temperature vacation

    - Jul 31, 2017 12:19pm
    Something is awry this summer. Ice-cream doesn’t cool us down anymore, and cold drinks don’t help, either. A dip in the swimming pool is like a session in a hot tub.  If you’d rather stay home,...
  • The YMCA-type housing used to be a 27-year-old housing estate, comprising three three-story towers with 18 units. It has now been subdivided into 270 rooms. Photo: Internet

    For HK$8,500 a month, you can live next to Eason Chan

    - Jul 27, 2017 10:42am
    Think you can never afford a home in the prestigious Island South? Think again. There we have Woodland Villa, located at 53 Shouson Hill Road, which is putting up homes for a monthly rental as low...
  • With parts of the West Kowloon Terminus set to go under Chinese jurisdiction, there are doubts if rail passengers will be able to access websites blocked in the mainland. Representational image: Bloomberg

    The Facebook/Google question in West Kowloon Terminus

    - Jul 26, 2017 2:10pm
    As debate rages over the proposed “co-location arrangement” at the West Kowloon Terminus, the fears and apprehensions of Hong Kong people can perhaps be summed up in this one simple question: Can we use still use...
  • CNN’s corporate parent is seeking to cut costs at its Asia operations by moving the Hong Kong facilities to a cheaper office tower. Photo: Bloomberg

    CNN will have a new home in Wong Chuk Hang

    - Jul 24, 2017 11:18am
    What is the formidable CNN afraid of in Hong Kong? Well, it just seems to be this: the ever-rising property rental costs. For 18 years, the global news network has operated out of Taikoo Place, settling down...
  • A file picture of AVA 61 where standard units will range from 150-square-foot studios to 232-sq-ft one-bedroom apartments. Credit: Way Creation Ltd.

    A home with a badminton court

    - Jul 19, 2017 1:14pm
    Fancy having a badminton court beside your home? Well, you might want to consider a new residential development in Shum Shui Po, a district known for having some of the smallest flats ever built in the...
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong community wants assurances that the next leader will be able to defend academic freedom and institutional autonomy. Photo: CUHK

    What’s tougher than convincing De Niro to be his son-in-law?

    - Jul 10, 2017 12:40pm
    All told, heading a university is an honorable dream for an educator. But the road to becoming a vice chancellor can be rough. How rough? Think about the tough time Robert De Niro gave Ben Stiller...
  • Financial Secretary Paul Chan is one of a group of senior government ministers named to the Grand Bauhinia Award. Photo: Bloomberg

    Do these CY people belong in the hall of fame, or shame?

    - Jul 3, 2017 3:04pm
    It is disheartening to see the list of Grand Bauhinia winners this year who supposedly contributed the most to the well-being of this city. Many observers cried foul upon seeing the 12 recipients of the Grand...
  • Canada is jubilant as it celebrates its 150th anniversary. Photo: Fredericton Tourism

    Canada: Getting stronger though 130 years older than Hong Kong

    - Jun 30, 2017 1:36pm
    As I leave Toronto on a flight back to Hong Kong, I cannot help but feel odd – bothered and bewildered, if you will.  Canada, as you know, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and...
  • Among the factors stoking demand for housing is a rising population of newly-single people. Photos: HKEJ, Internet

    High divorce rate adds to the housing problem

    - Jun 8, 2017 1:51pm
    Do not blame only mainlanders for creating the biggest housing bubble in Hong Kong in 20 years. It’s time to look more closely at the problems within our own society and how we locals may have...
  • Hong Kong's property developers have begun moving to a five-day work week, in line with the government's stated goals for the local workforce. Photos: HKEJ, Labor Department

    Property firms begin showing more concern toward their staff

    - Jun 2, 2017 4:39pm
    Late is better than never. More than ten years after the government implemented a five-day work week in the civil service, we are finally seeing our property firms waking up to the merits of giving employees...
  • Crowds throng a marketing event for a residential property project in Tsuen Wan on Sunday. As home prices are expected to keep climbing, there has been a scramble for new units. Photo: HKEJ

    Why it’s getting harder to find homes under 10K/sq ft

    - Jun 1, 2017 4:00pm
    Twenty years after its handover to China, Hong Kong has become one of the most expensive and least affordable places on the planet. With a more than 20 percent surge in home prices in the past...
  • A first-class breakfast: Many Cathay customers complain about paying premium for mediocre service. Photo: Bloomberg

    Cathay must win back customers in bad times

    - May 29, 2017 2:00pm
    When it comes to Cathay Pacific and its Marco Polo Club, many people have a lot to say. There are roughly two groups – the die-hard fans and the complainers. There’s third group: I want to...

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