16 October 2018

Ben Kwok

EJ Insight writer
  • GoGoVan, which merged with freight service 58 Suyun in August last year, is now called Kuaigou in mainland China. It means "fast dog" in Chinese. Photo: HKEJ

    GoGoVan has a branding problem in China

    - Aug 20, 2018 12:48pm
    A dog may be a man’s best friend, but not everyone likes to be referred to as a dog. That’s why a mainland logistics firm specializing in delivery and home moving received howls of protest from...
  • Limited edition mooncakes from Peninsula Hotel have become targets for people seeking to make a quick buck from reselling activities. Photo:

    Peninsula mooncakes become grey market item

    - Aug 14, 2018 1:24pm
    First, tickets for the Dayo Wong stand-up comedy show. Now, it is the Peninsula mooncakes. Why is it that we are increasingly unable to get the things we want through regular means, forcing us to turn...
  • Tim Ho Wan is famous for making and serving dim sum at frenetic speed, which makes it an ideal outlet for passengers seeking to grab a quick bite before catching the next MTR train. Photo: HKEJ

    West Kowloon terminus brings in Tim Ho Wan as anchor tenant

    - Aug 13, 2018 10:48am
    The West Kowloon terminus for MTR Corp.’s Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link is set to open in six weeks’ time with a popular dim sum restaurant as one of its anchor tenants. Tim Ho Wan, a dim sum...
  • Taiwan's Oh! Bear is said to be dismayed at the ban slapped by Chinese censors on his cousin Winnie the Pooh's latest movie. Photo: AFP/OhBear Facebook/

    Bear the reality of politics

    - Aug 10, 2018 2:27pm
    Pushed against the wall, Taiwan appears to have found a way to hit back at China amid Beijing’s relentless efforts to pressure the “wayward” and “recalcitrant” island – thanks to Winnie the Pooh. On its official...
  • Chinese technology firms are fully capable of competing with foreign players, says Baidu's Robin Li, amid talk that Google could re-enter the China market. Photo: Bloomberg

    Google vs Baidu Round 2

    - Aug 9, 2018 12:48pm
    If you want success, do not compete with Google. That is the street wisdom, reflecting the belief that taking on the operator of world’s largest search engine can only be a losing game. Given this, how...
  • MRT Corp. chairman Frederick Ma has been asked to stay behind to clean up the mess. Photo: HKEJ

    Can Fred Ma weave his magic once more?

    - Aug 8, 2018 2:20pm
    As heads rolled at MTR Corporation’s top management on Tuesday, chairman Frederick Ma Si-hang found himself all alone on the stage. The beleaguered rail operator’s majority shareholder – the SAR government – has ordered the replacement...
  • A meme juxtaposing the images of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger with Xi Jinping and Barack Obama has been banned from Chinese social media. Photo: Internet

    An imagined letter from Winnie the Pooh to President Xi

    - Aug 7, 2018 1:05pm
    Dear President Xi Jinping, I am writing to beg you to reconsider your gatekeepers’ decision to ban Christopher Robin, my 13th movie, in your country. I have always felt proud to be identified with you –...
  • CK Asset Holdings will redevelop Hutchison House into a 41-storey office building. Photo: HKEJ/CNSA

    Hello, Cheung Kong Center 2.0

    - Aug 3, 2018 11:26am
    A mini Cheung Kong Center will rise in Central in about five years. A plan to redevelop Hutchison House was disclosed this week when CK Asset Holdings announced its interim results. In a conference call with...
  • There are many ways to keep cool this summer, but many would rather stay at home. Photo: HKEJ/CNSA

    Where to seek solace from the scorching heat

    - Aug 2, 2018 1:48pm
    Call it the Sami situation. An Ethopian named Sami, who has been living in Chongqing over the past 11 years, asked his employer for another holiday this summer, saying he could not stand the brutal heat. His...
  • Tsueng Kwan O has seen a spurt in property rental prices, with tiny units especially leading the charge. Photo: Bloomberg

    Tseung Kwan O nano flat costs more to rent than a Peak unit

    - Aug 1, 2018 12:16pm
    If there is one special thing about my home district Tseung Kwan O, it is all about the ultra-high-density living. Looking out from my balcony, I can see around 20,000 homes. The calculation is easy: I...
  • A file picture shows Dayo Wong on stage during one of his standup comedy routines. Wong’s shows this month drew a mad scramble for tickets, with scalpers getting into the act. Photo: YouTube screengrab

    Why I couldn’t make it to the Dayo Wong talk show

    - Jul 31, 2018 4:37pm
    I cannot tell you how disappointing it was last night when I found myself unable to get a ticket for comedian Dayo Wong’s penultimate performance at the Hong Kong Coliseum. Like many Hongkongers, I couldn’t land...
  • Development Secretary Michael Wong drew a lot of flak from police officers who thought he was criticizing them. Photo: HKEJ

    Is every policeman a good guy?

    - Jul 27, 2018 1:00pm
    Among Chinese, it is best to avoid talking about a person’s fault or weakness – whether unintentionally or not – lest we hurt their feelings and make them think that we are trying to put them...
  • Henderson Land vice chairman Martin Lee Ka-shing (front row, fourth from left), with athletes and officials, unveils the Henderson Land Commendation Scheme for Elite Athletes on Monday. Photo: HK Sports Institute

    Uncle Four dangles cash for our Asian Games medalists

    - Jul 24, 2018 1:45pm
    Home prices will always rise, while homegrown athletes seldom deliver a surprise. So it is just natural to have a local property developer sponsoring local sports to inspire our athletes to give their utmost in competitions. That’s why...
  • After bagging the top spot in 2014 in a world airline ranking survey, Cathay Pacific has seen its position slip continuously. Photo: Bloomberg

    Can Cathay Pacific recover lost ground?

    - Jul 19, 2018 4:25pm
    Cost-cutting gone too far? The China integration factor? Or the I-don’t-care attitude? Well, whatever the reason — personally, I think it’s a combination of all three factors, plus more — the undeniable truth is that Cathay...
  • Despite its disappointment with the government's decision, Wah Yan College vows to continue providing quality, well-rounded education in Hong Kong. Photo: Wah Yan College

    Wah Yan College not as lucky as Xiaomi

    - Jul 18, 2018 3:14pm
    Not everyone is as lucky as Xiaomi Corp., which got the nod of Hong Kong regulators to list under its dual-class share structure. Spare a thought for the brothers of Wah Yan College Hong Kong, which...
  • Hang Lung chairman Ronnie Chan (right) gave Philip Chen a very generous parting gift even after the group's share price has halved. Photo: HKEJ

    Philip Chen got HK$270 million for eight years in Hang Lung

    - Jul 17, 2018 12:17pm
    When it comes to rewarding his management team, Hang Lung Group chairman Ronnie Chan is no doubt generous. Take the case of Philip Chen whom he had lured from Cathay Pacific eight years ago with a HK$20...
  • McDonald's classic Big Mac is 53.8 percent cheaper in Hong Kong than in the United States, according to The Economist's latest edition of the Big Mac Index.  Photo: Bloomberg

    Why Big Mac is undervalued in Hong Kong

    - Jul 13, 2018 11:53am
    Local burgers are getting more expensive, although they still offer one of the cheapest meal options in pricey Hong Kong. That’s according to The Economist’s latest edition of the Big Mac Index, which shows that the...
  • Nearly 30 percent of Hong Kong's 3.7 million jobs are at risk of becoming redundant because of automation, according to a recent study. Photo: Reuters

    Are journos easier to be replaced by robots than bean counters?

    - Jul 11, 2018 1:45pm
    Who are more at risk of losing their jobs to robots: accountants or journalists? This should be a no-brainer. The Big Four accounting firms in Hong Kong are hiring thousands of fresh graduates every year, but I am...
  • An apartment unit with a view of the Victoria Harbour will cost you. But even the most expensive studio unit at Victoria Harbour doesn't have a sea-view. Photo: AFP

    Most expensive studio unit at Victoria Harbour without sea-view

    - Jul 9, 2018 12:52pm
    Hong Kong property developers are unequaled when it comes to naming their residential projects: the names invariably evoke exotic places wrapped in legends and myths; they always exude charm, luxury and exclusivity. But the end-product, despite the...
  • Xiaomi may be a great brand, but it's facing a lot of headwinds on the way to its listing. Photo: Reuters

    What’s wrong with Xiaomi?

    - Jul 6, 2018 4:13pm
    Everything that could go wrong went wrong for Xiaomi Corp. as it heads toward its trading debut on Monday. The high-profile listing billed as the largest technology offering since 2014 is expected to open 10 percent...

EJI Weekly Newsletter

Please click here to unsubscribe