17 January 2017

Ben Kwok

EJ Insight writer
  • 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...
  • CEO Neway in Causeway Bay (L) has leased out some space in a bid to shore up its finances. Luk Fook Jewellery (right), meanwhile, has ventured into eyewear retail as the company's core business has been hit by falling sales. Photos: HKEJ, Bloomberg

    When a gold retailer starts selling sunglasses

    - Dec 21, 2016 2:59pm
    Warmer than expected Christmas weather appears to be providing little comfort for Hong Kong’s retail sector this year. Business has been cold at many outlets despite a projected rebound in mainland visitor arrivals. Otherwise, what can...
  • Yau Wai-ching has given us one of the most cringe-worthy quotes this year. With the trump era coming, expect more crazy sayings. Photo: HKEJ

    Thanks Yau Wai-ching for the bedroom theory

    - Dec 19, 2016 12:50pm
    She may have been disqualified from the Legislative Council but she gave us something to ponder this year. Yau Wai-ching topped the list of the most popular search terms for what became a much talked-about controversy...
  • Battle of the brands? It's likely to be an interesting duel between Carrie Lam (left), or Klim for short, and John Tsang, known for his signature Pringles moustache. Photos: HKEJ, Bloomberg,,

    Pringles vs Klim

    - Dec 13, 2016 12:56pm
    You may not be on the election committee, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have your say on who should be Hong Kong’s next chief executive. The talk is getting more interesting because if you ask...
  • Regina Ip, John Tsang and Carrie Lam (from left) are expected to slug it out for Hong Kong's top job in the March election. Photos: HKEJ

    All bets are off for CE race

    - Dec 12, 2016 3:53pm
    This surely is going to be an interesting race. First, the outcome has become rather unpredictable after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said on Friday he would not be seeking reelection. Then we have Financial Secretary John...
  • Louisa Mak (inset top) and Priscilla Wong spoke from the heart at a new home launch by Henderson Land in Fanling. Photo: Reuters, HKEJ

    Beauty and the beast that built the mini-flats

    - Dec 9, 2016 12:23pm
    Most Hong Kong homebuyers, with the exception of the rich second generation, go through a mountain of debt before they get the key to their first home. This has been happening for 50 years but now...
  • Bon appétit! Food Wise Holdings, operator of the Viet's Choice restaurant chain, saw its share price go up six times in six days until Thursday. Photo:

    Tiny restaurant stock gives investors more than their fill

    - Dec 8, 2016 6:05pm
    How long can a newly listed stock keep rising more than 40 percent each day? Food Wise Holdings Ltd. (01632.HK), which began trading on the main board on Tuesday last week, saw its share price go...
  • Property tycoon Joseph Lau is transferring some pricey assets to his would-be wife Kimbie Chan and his eldest son Lau Ming-wai. Photos: HKEJ, CNSA

    Santa Joseph delivers property gifts to fiancée and son

    - Dec 6, 2016 3:17pm
    Christmas has come early for tycoon Joseph Lau Luen-hung’s fiancée and his eldest son. According to an announcement from Chinese Estates Holdings, Joseph Lau’s 35-year-old son, Lau Ming-wai, will get some Lo Wu Commercial Tower units worth...
  • Sik Chi-ding (inset) may have to brace for fresh trouble in relation to her former boyfriends. The background pic is of the Beverly Hills estate in Tai Po where a Chi-ding protégé is resorting to distress sale of a unit. Photos: HKEJ

    All reality a phantom, and all phantoms real

    - Dec 5, 2016 4:06pm
    No one perhaps knows the Heart Sutra of Buddhism better than the disgraced “nun” Sik Chi-ding who has had some hard lessons in life on matters of love and money. After facing questions over her financial...
  • Chun Wo director Anthony Poon (inset) says even an emperor could find comfort in just a small bed. And that's the principle behind T Plus, which will offer the smallest flats in Hong Kong. Photos: HKEJ, Baidu

    Small is beautiful – but how small can a home get?

    - Dec 1, 2016 3:01pm
    Hong Kong builder Chun Wo Property Development is trying to set a new standard for “coziness” in modern living. It seeks to answer the question: What is the smallest amount of space that could still be...
  • The floor plan (inset) of K One Harbour shows a high-density co-working space. A wokstation costs as little as HK390,000. Photos: HKEJ, YouTube, Centaline Commercial

    No such thing as a bargain here

    - Nov 30, 2016 2:05pm
    How many small new offices can one floor of an old industrial building have? Consider K One Harbour, the new name of a Kwun Tong office building which is currently selling “workstations” for a starting price...
  • The numbers thrown up in the latest Mark Six draw have prompted some people to conclude that luck may be running out for CY Leung. Photo: HKEJ

    How does CY feel about the latest Mark Six result?

    - Nov 28, 2016 2:40pm
    Given the current environment, people tend to read political signs in almost everything, including the city’s favorite pastime – Mark Six. If not, what else can explain the more-than-usual interest in the city’s latest lottery result?...
  • Happiness for most young people is not to work long hours. Photo: HKEJ

    How to make our young people happy

    - Nov 24, 2016 3:23pm
    You don’t need a Jack Ma to tell you how to become the happiest person on earth. Two months ago the Alibaba Group chairman said the happiest people in China are those making between 20,000 yuan...
  • Joseph Lau and Kimbie Chan have announced marriage plans, days after Lau declared publicly that he has cut off ties with a former girlfriend. Photo: Baidu, HKEJ

    Get set for a new entry in Asia super-rich women list

    - Nov 23, 2016 2:28pm
    It’s no fairy tale, but just a love and money story with a happy ending. A week after he placed front-page adverts to announce that he was snapping ties with ex-girlfriend Yvonne Lui, we have news...
  • Zhang Xiaoming (3rd from right), Beijing's top envoy in Hong Kong, takes the mike at a DAB fund-raising event on Monday. Photo: WeChat

    Why Zhang Xiaoming can consider a second career in calligraphy

    - Nov 22, 2016 3:14pm
    The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) has never been short of funds, thanks to its overtly pro-Beijing stance. With generous backing from pro-establishment tycoons, Hong Kong’s largest political party has seen...
  • The House on Parker Road is still under Joseph Lau's name, according to him. The house is used by Yvonne Lui. Photos: HKEJ

    Confessions of Joseph Lau about his ex-girlfriend

    - Nov 16, 2016 1:49pm
    What does a tycoon who has almost everything in life not want? If you ask Joseph Lau, he would probably say his ex-girlfriend Yvonne Lui. Fresh from making front-page advertisements of their HK$2 billion (US$257.83 million)...
  • Joseph Lau is said to be suffering from diabetes. He says he has given Yvonne Lui (inset) more than HK$2 billion in cash, valuables and other assets. Photos: HKEJ, CNSA

    Joseph Lau’s HK$2 bln heart-breaker

    - Nov 15, 2016 12:16pm
    In many ways, front-page ads in major Hong Kong newspapers are written like corporate announcements, although the content may be much more interesting than usual. The announcement by tycoon Joseph Lau was nothing more than cutting...
  • A man stands next to QQ mascots outside Tencent's headquarters in Shenzhen. Tencent has given away 300 shares to each staff on the occasion of its 18th anniversary. Photo: Bloomberg

    Early Thanksgiving for Tencent

    - Nov 14, 2016 12:33pm
    Singles’ Day has become the Chinese equivalent of US Thanksgiving Day and not just for Alibaba Group but also for rival Tencent Holdings. Before Alibaba declared a 121 billion yuan (US$17.65 billion) record sales on Saturday,...

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