23 February 2017

Ben Kwok

EJ Insight writer
  • Buyers of this Tesla model and other electric cars will now have to shoulder 80 percent of the tax payable. Photo: HKEJ

    Tesla falls victim to Paul Chan’s budget

    - Feb 23, 2017 2:49pm
    Former financial secretary Antony Leung used to love Lexus, but Paul Chan, the latest official to succeed him in the post, apparently has no regard for Tesla. That is perhaps why in his first (and possibly last) budget,...
  • Former US consul general Clifford Hart (inset) has been spotted at a Kwun Yum temple for a fourth straight year. Photos: Wikipedia, HKEJ, Facebook/GoFar

    Kwun Yum, not Paul Chan, spells prosperity

    - Feb 22, 2017 12:36pm
    It’s that time of year again when Hong Kong people hope for a little luck and a billion dollars in their bank accounts. That explains why hundreds of people have been lining up in different locations...
  • The food is great, and the service is excellent with complimentary manicure and shoehine for customers. Photos: Bloomberg, Open Rice, Haidilao

    New hot pot restaurant offers Four Seasons food and service

    - Feb 17, 2017 12:39pm
    There is something I’m looking forward to this hot summer: hotpot. You may be raising your eyebrows, wondering why I would like a hot and spicy stew in the middle of a sweltering season. Well, that’s because...
  • This post from Schick (inset) triggered A PR crisis. Schick quickly retracted it and apologized. Photos: Facebook/Schick

    How Schick got a close shave over police Facebook link

    - Feb 16, 2017 1:32pm
    There are clever marketing gimmicks and then there are “clever” marketing gimmicks. The difference, as in the case of Schick, is whether you want to please the critics of the police at the expense of their...
  • Valentine's Day has become a big-ticket event for many retailers in Hong Kong and China. Photo: CNSA

    Romance in the new age

    - Feb 15, 2017 3:31pm
    If Saint Valentine, the third-century Roman priest, were alive today, he would be surprised to find how popular the annual day of romance commemorated in his name is in this part of the world. This morning...
  • If Chinese women not getting enough dates are a problem, Chinese men not getting enough choices for marriage are a bigger problem. Photo: Reuters

    Is leasing Romeo for Juliet the new-economy way?

    - Feb 14, 2017 3:15pm
    Almost anything tangible can be shared in the peer-to-peer new economy. Now, what about love, especially on one-on-one Valentine’s Day? In what has been billed as a Couple’s Day (versus Singles’ Day on Nov. 11) event,...
  • A McDonald's outlet on Yee Wo Street in Causeway Bay is leased for HK$844,000 a month. Photos: HKEJ, McDonald's (HK)

    McDonald’s is selling its Big Mac and eating it too

    - Feb 13, 2017 4:04pm
    In my Business Management 101 class, my professor said the most profitable items at McDonald’s are not burgers, but French fries. My dear professor was talking about the margin between cost and price, but he forgot...
  • Error screens (inset) added to users' frustrations as they tried to register for HSBC's new PayMe service.  The bank has apologized to customers. Photo: HKEJ

    Pay me? Play me!

    - Feb 9, 2017 1:15pm
    Nothing is worse than launching a hot service only to screw up on the first day. Spare a thought for HSBC, which has come up with a highly anticipated payment method only to disappoint many fans...
  • This year's marathon participants got T-shirts that are bigger than their indicated size. Photos: Xinhua,

    StanChart marathon organizers prescient about T-shirt size

    - Feb 8, 2017 3:05pm
    Runners in this year’s Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon should feel grateful because the organizers have chosen Nike, a beloved brand in the city, as the official apparel sponsor. That’s great if it means getting better...
  • CY Leung launched the "Hong Kong property for Hong Kong people" policy in 2012 (inset). A unit in 
One Kai has just fetched HK$30,000 per square foot. 
Photos: HKEJ

    How China developer destroyed ‘HK property for HK people’

    - Feb 7, 2017 2:22pm
    Forget the so-called “Hong Kong property for Hong Kong people”.  Not only does it not work, it goes in the opposite direction. Consider One Kai Tak, the first and only project restricted to permanent residents. In...
  • A decent standard Hong Kong-style breakfast in a major fast food outlet will set you back at least HK$32.50. At Tsui Wah, menu prices have quietly gone up. Photos: HKEJ,

    In search of an affordable breakfast in Hong Kong

    - Feb 6, 2017 12:02pm
    I still remember my childhood days when my parents would wake me up on weekends. When they said Café de Coral, I would jump out of bed. The price of a double egg and ham breakfast...
  • A lady gambler with an amazing winning streak or a marketing gimmick for Sands China's The Parisian? Photo: Bloomberg

    Goddess of gamblers in Year of Rooster

    - Jan 27, 2017 1:02pm
    Ask anyone who is over 30 what’s the most famous Lunar New Year line aside from “Kung Hei Fat Choy!” and chances are they’d say:  “Ladies and Gentlemen, here comes the God of Gamblers!” That’s right,...
  • Blind date activity among young people in China. The best matches are in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong, according to a survey. Photo: Xinhua

    In search of Mr Right and Ms Right in China

    - Jan 26, 2017 12:31pm
    Some say French wife. I say Canadian-born Chinese ladies. Many like macho New Yorkers or Londoners but perhaps not short and skinny Japanese men. We are talking about the dream men and women whom we fancy...
  • Regina Ip shows radio host Stephen Chan that she has blue shoes on to match her blue suit. Woo Kwok-hing (inset) does a caricature of Carrie Lam over the Octopus card incident. Photos: Facebook/881903, Jolam

    Woo shows humor and Ip her legs over ‘toilet paper’ Carrie

    - Jan 24, 2017 2:05pm
    How far would you go for an entry ticket to Hong Kong’s chief executive election? For judge Woo Kwok-hing, he would go as far as being an entertainment program host while Regina Ip would play fashion...
  • Carrie Lam needed assistance on the use of an Octopus card at an MTR station. The former chief secretary also admitted that she didn't know that a convenience store chain doesn't sell toilet paper. Photos:, HKEJ

    A good nanny but a bad housewife

    - Jan 23, 2017 2:24pm
    She is known as an Iron Lady and a nanny to all male secretaries but is probably a bad housewife. Former chief secretary-turned-CE hopeful Carrie Lam has admitted that she needs to learn a few things about...
  • Marriage companies arrange daytime girlfriends or boyfriends for the upcoming Lunar New Year (inset). Wonder where all the lai see money is going?
Photo: Baidu

    Give lai see, no questions asked

    - Jan 20, 2017 1:21pm
    Who does not want a little lucky money over the Lunar New Year? Everyone loves a red packet as much as they enjoy family gatherings, especially in China, where Lunar New Year also means homecomings. But...
  • John Tsang (inset left) may be about to move up the Hong Kong civil service ladder, according to CLSA. Its feng shui index puts Regina Ip (inset right) at eight out of a possible 10. Photos: Xinhua, RTHK, Facebook/John Tsang

    Feng shui tips on chief executive race

    - Jan 19, 2017 2:21pm
    Regina Ip has been the butt of jokes for crying her way to the attention of Beijing — and the media — but in the end she will be laughing at her critics. That’s according to...
  • Roxy Theater (inset) in its heyday. The space is now occupied by CEO Neway, a karaoke bar. Photos: HKEJ,

    Roxy Theater is back after 40 years

    - Jan 17, 2017 3:13pm
    Before Causeway Bay became a world shopping paradise, it was a Broadway or a West End. Nearly a dozen theaters showed movies or Cantonese operas at Lee Theater or Palace Theater in the golden days before...
  • Carrie Lam poses for a photo op during a hike in Tai Tam (left). John Tsang (right) enjoys tofu rice with roast pork in Wong Tai Sin. Photos: Facebook/Bernard Chan, John Tsang

    John Tsang is back for two-horse race

    - Jan 16, 2017 3:26pm
    The race is on. Beijing is expected to approve the resignation of Carrie Lam and John Tsang, paving the way for their respective candidacies in the chief executive election. The race seems skewed in favour of...
  • Luke Ching (inset) took a security guard job as part of his campaign. He is claiming victory after convincing some companies, including Wellcome, to provide chairs to certain workers. Photos: HKEJ,

    Salute to Mr Chair, artist and activist

    - Dec 22, 2016 1:50pm
    Artist Luke Ching is a man of chairs. He does not make or draw chairs but he is the savior of half a million workers who stand at their posts for hours. Ching started a chair...

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