28 January 2020

Ben Kwok

EJ Insight writer
  • Tencent staff will still be getting their red packets, although the annual Lunar New Year event has been cancelled because of concerns over the Wuhan virus. Photo: AFP/Xinhua

    Tencent cancels Lunar New Year gathering

    - Jan 22, 2020 10:28am
    Remember that scene on the first working day after the Lunar New Year holiday last year, when thousands of employees of Tencent Holdings (00700.HK) formed a kilometric, serpentine line at their corporate headquarters in Shenzhen to personally receive...
  • News of chairman Pony Ma selling nearly HK$2 billion worth of stock on the market is fueling anxiety among Tencent’s shareholders. Photo: Bloomberg

    Is it time to sell your Tencent shares?

    - Jan 21, 2020 1:19pm
    You don’t become a tycoon in China if you don’t know how to sell your shares high and buy them low. So, how do we take the news of Tencent’s chairman Pony Ma Huateng selling nearly...
  • Most, if not all, of the 27,000 hotel rooms of the six licensed casino operators in Macau have been fully booked a week ahead of the Lunar New Year. Photo: Bloomberg

    Macau is paradise but HK is hell for mainland tourists

    - Jan 20, 2020 11:02am
    Macau must be heaven for mainland tourists, while Hong Kong is shunned. Most, if not all, of the 27,000 hotel rooms of the six licensed casino operators in the former Portuguese enclave have been fully booked...
  • Dongguan-based property developer Huijing Holdings saw its HK$1.4 billion initial public offering attract just 32 percent subscription. Photo: Huijing

(09966.HK), which focuses on urban rendevelopment in Dongguan, recorded one of the poorest invest

    Huijing IPO turns cold amid listing frenzy

    - Jan 15, 2020 12:43pm
    They say when it rains, it pours. But some end up with just trickles. Same thing with IPOs. Beijing-based mobile app developer NewBorn Town (09911) saw the retail tranche of its initial public offering oversubscribed 1,400...
  • People queue up at an outlet of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, which runs the Mark Six lottery and other betting events including horse racing. File Photo. HKEJ

    Fancy a HK$130 million jackpot?

    - Jan 14, 2020 12:55pm
    First the good news, a mega HK$130 million Mark Six jackpot is up for grabs in the New Year. Now, for a cold fact: in the Jockey Club’s history, there hasn’t been any single winner who...
  • A Kuomintang supporter holds Taiwanese flags during an election rally in Taipei last week. Photo: Reuters

    A KMT cabbie drove me to the DPP victory party

    - Jan 13, 2020 1:19pm
    Like many Hong Kong people, I went to Taipei over the weekend to witness the elections in Taiwan, and the landslide victory of President Tsai Ing-wen. But unlike many who started to monitor the counting of...
  • Supporters of Kuomintang presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu attend an election campaign in Taipei on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Fun in Taipei as voters choose between ‘vegetable’ and ‘fish’

    - Jan 10, 2020 11:11am
    TAIPEI — Will it be fish or vegetables? Before you start thinking about food and menus, I’m actually talking about the presidential election in Taiwan on Saturday. Kuomintang candidate Han Kuo-yu, whose name sounds like “Korean...
  • Concerns that the mysterious pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan could spread in Hong Kong have resulted in a sharp rise in demand for masks. Photo: HKEJ

    The mad rush for masks

    - Jan 8, 2020 11:18am
    You must have noticed it yourself as you take the MTR and go to work or school: there are more commuters and pedestrians wearing masks these days – and they are not necessarily demonstrating for “five...
  • A file picture of the Jumbo Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen. The iconic eatery has trimmed its workforce in a bid to cut costs amid a business downturn. Photo: HKEJ

    An iconic restaurant can’t escape sector woes

    - Jan 7, 2020 1:22pm
    An iconic Hong Kong restaurant has cut its staff by half as it attempts to stay afloat amid reduced business, joining the list of entities that have been hit hard by the months-long social unrest. The...
  • A file picture shows Democratic Party chairman Wu Chi-wai speaking at the party's 24th-year anniversary and fundraising banquet on March 19 last year. Photo: HKEJ

    Democratic Party regains mojo amid its 25th anniversary

    - Jan 6, 2020 1:11pm
    There is a saying that goes, “Winners do things losers don’t want to do.” But when it comes to Hong Kong politics it seems to be the other way round. Consider this: most of the newly-elected...
  • There's no truth to the rumor that Li Ka-shing plans to give a HK$5,000 cash gift to every adult permanent resident of Hong Kong. Photo: AFP

    Would Superman bail out Hong Kong people?

    - Jan 3, 2020 10:34am
    April Fools’ Day came three months early this year.  Rumors that Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing was unveiling another relief fund – this time covering not just small retailers but all adult residents of the city – went viral...
  • Hong Kong will continue to shine despite all the turmoil. Photo: Reuters

    Unlucky start to 2020? Make your own luck!

    - Jan 2, 2020 12:05pm
    Hong Kong has had a bad start for 2020 as a supposedly peaceful pro-democracy rally degenerated into scenes of violent clashes between police and protesters and a lucky draw promising millions of Hong Kong dollars in prizes...
  • The EMax shopping center is now home to a Whimsy indoor amusement park, evoking memories of the past as well as offering new tech-based entertainment options. Photo: YouTube

    The Wonderful World of Whimsy is back after 20 years

    - Dec 19, 2019 11:40am
    British writer Julian Barnes once said, “Memories of childhood were the dreams that stayed with you after you woke.” So, welcome back The Wonderful World of Whimsy, the vintage indoor amusement park brand that has returned...
  • US President Donald Trump has made 32 false or misleading claims every day since October, according to the Washington Post. Photo: AFP

    Chinese statistics and Trump’s lies

    - Dec 18, 2019 10:24am
    A lot has been said about the unreliability – if not outright doctoring – of China’s economic statistics, particularly its GDP growth figures, which even Premier Li Keqiang has questioned. But it appears the United States hasn’t...
  • Lenovo founder Liu Chuanzhi is set to retire this week for the third time in his career. Photo: HKEJ

    When should one call it quits?

    - Dec 17, 2019 11:09am
    There appears to be a huge generational divide when it comes to work. Take the case of Lenovo (00992.HK) founder Liu Chuanzhi, 75, who is set to retire this week for the third time in his career....
  • Macau is gearing up for the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping as part of the territory’s 20th handover anniversary celebrations. Photo: Reuters

    When a big guy visits a small city

    - Dec 16, 2019 1:55pm
    Don’t go to Macau this week. I say this because the atmosphere in the gambling enclave will be anything but relaxing in the next few days as the city prepares for a high-profile trip by Chinese...
  • Anti-government protesters attend a "United We Stand" rally in Central on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    The top 10 buzzwords of 2019

    - Dec 13, 2019 11:23am
    The year 2019 will be remembered for the cataclysm brought about by the much-reviled and now-scrapped extradition bill and the massive, often violent, protests that it has engendered in Hong Kong. The upheaval has also spawned...
  • Many local fans of Nakamura Tokichi will miss its signature matcha and egg rolls – and the experience of dining in an authentic Kyoto teahouse. Photo: Wpcpey/Wikimedia Commons

    Sayonara to Nakamura Tokichi

    - Dec 12, 2019 11:17am
    When Japanese green tea purveyor Nakamura Tokichi landed in Hong Kong in 2015, the local property market was down following the Occupy protest movement a few months back.  It was an auspicious start as it meant...
  • The civil unrest in Hong Kong has inspired protest movements in various parts of the world, including France, Chile and Spain. Photo: Reuters

    HK protesters beat Xi Jinping in final 5 for Person of the Year

    - Dec 11, 2019 1:05pm
    Just as the civil unrest in Hong Kong is considered the most serious popular challenge to the authority of President Xi Jinping since he took power in 2012, the young protesters in this city of ours...
  • Carrie Lam speaks to the media on Nov. 26 after district council elections delivered a landslide for pro-democracy candidates. There is talk that Lam will reshuffle her cabinet as she seeks to soothe public anger and improve governance. Photo: Reuters

    Will Carrie Lam offer Christmas consolation to Hong Kong?

    - Dec 10, 2019 12:15pm
    Christmas is about hope, peace and joy. For those of us living in Hong Kong, what can we expect as we head into the festive season? Will there be some good news at last and a chance...