Date
24 March 2019

Ben Kwok

EJ Insight writer
  • In the Year of the Pig, and at all times, what matters most is not what we receive in return for doing a kind deed, but what we become. Photo: AFP

    Early blessings in the Year of the Pig

    - Feb 13, 2019 11:22am
    Here’s a heartwarming story to inspire us in the Year of the Pig. Many of us want to receive lucky money – preferably big – in the Lunar New Year, but what if it comes to...
  • With temperatures warmer than usual during the Lunar New Year, many Hongkongers put aside their heavy winter jackets. Photo: Bloomberg

    Three seasons in a year instead of four

    - Feb 12, 2019 2:32pm
    One phrase we often heard over the Chinese New Year seems to be off the mark in the Year of the Pig. I’m talking about Siji Pingan (四季平安), which translates to a blessing for peace and safety...
  • Some 30 percent of respondents in a survey said they wanted to leave the city during the Spring Festival to avoid embarrassing questions from relatives and friends. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why young ladies and men would rather not receive lai see

    - Feb 11, 2019 2:56pm
    If you think everyone wants to receive red packets during the Lunar New Year, you’ve got another think coming. Many people would rather forgo the free money if it meant being embarrassed in front of relatives and...
  • Long queues of punters are expected again at Jockey Club outlets to bet on Saturday's HK100 million Mark Six snowball draw. Photo: HKEJ

    Here we go again: how to win the Mark Six jackpot

    - Feb 8, 2019 1:50pm
    And so it’s that time of the year again when we hope and pray to become an instant multimillionaire and realize all our wildest dreams. That’s right, I’m talking about the HK$100 million in cold cash that...
  • A man walks past a poster celebrating the upcoming Lunar New Year of the Pig at Ditan Park in Beijing on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    It’s more expensive to visit Macau than Japan during the holiday

    - Jan 29, 2019 11:06am
    This is the time of year when visiting Japan is less expensive than going to Macau. And I’m not talking yet about the money you will lose in the gambling hub’s casinos. During the coming Lunar...
  • Attendees pass by a Huawei booth during the CES trade show in Las Vegas earlier this month. The Chinese firm has boosted its smartphone business significantly last year despite facing many challenges. Photo: Reuters

    Huawei wants one in four in Hong Kong to choose its phones

    - Jan 23, 2019 1:57pm
    It is somewhat perplexing, but definitely worth paying attention, as we hear claims that China’s Huawei may be selling one in every five mobile phones purchased in Hong Kong. That is right! The mainland tech giant...
  • As people prepare to usher in the Lunar New Year, a swine flu outbreak in China is reminding people about the issue of meat safety. Photo: AFP

    No pork in the Year of Pig?

    - Jan 22, 2019 6:30pm
    If you are one of those who are planning a pork-laden meal to welcome the Year of the Pig, you could be in for some disappointment. There are reports that fresh pork suppliers might suspend slaughtering...
  • Social media forums in China are abuzz with chatter about wads of cash being offered by a Jiangxi-based firm as annual bonus to employees. Representative image: Bloomberg

    What HK Inc can learn from a Jiangxi steelmaker

    - Jan 21, 2019 12:51pm
    If you are one of those Hongkongers who have received a year-end bonus and are thanking your stars, just take a look at the bonanza that is in store for workers of a steel firm in...
  • Foreign tourists  spent a total of 4.5 trillion yen (US$41.37 billion) in Japan last year, of which 335.5 billion yen, or 7.4 percent, was contributed by Hong Kong visitors. Photo: AFP, Bloomberg, Reuters

    Hongkongers contribute much to Japan tourism boom

    - Jan 18, 2019 11:05am
      Who doesn’t want to go to Japan for a vacation? All the delicious sushi and sashimi you can eat, a stay in a quaint and tidy ryokan, amazing sights, great shopping bargains: just the perfect therapy...
  • Consumers should not rely on smart watches and fitness bands for precise measurements, but rather, they should consider the information these devices provide as mere reference in keeping track of daily activities. Photo: Bloomberg

    Smart watches are not that smart, says Consumer Council

    - Jan 16, 2019 2:31pm
    Smart watches and fitness bands are the in-thing – not only as fashion accessories but as valuable devices for those who want to stay fit. However, they are not always reliable. Our Consumer Council went the...
  • Unlimited holidays don't mean employees can dream of weeks-long stays on the beach and away from work. Photo: Bloomberg

    SHKC gives staff unlimited holidays. What’s the catch?

    - Jan 14, 2019 1:14pm
    Who wouldn’t want to work for a company that offers unlimited holidays? Especially in times like now when the bonus checks tend to surprise on the downside! If you are cutting back on monetary rewards, how about...
  • You'll be spoiled for choice with food on the mainland – more delicious and very affordable food. Photo: EJ Insight/ Bloomberg

    Why can’t we have Luckin, Hema and Pop Pop Pot in Hong Kong?

    - Jan 11, 2019 2:11pm
    You may not like it in China because there’s no Google or Facebook, unless you have access to virtual private networks, which, although banned, are still available from some clandestine providers – or so we were...
  • OAG gives a morale booster for an airline struggling for survival. Photo: Reuters

    HK Airlines tops punctuality league in Asia

    - Jan 9, 2019 2:14pm
    You may think of Hong Kong Airlines as an ailing company, but what you probably don’t know is that it’s one of the most punctual airlines in the world. The Hainan Airlines-associated company is the world’s third...
  • CK Asset Holdings plans to turn Harbour Plaza Resort City in Tin Shui Wai into two blocks of 53-storey residential buildings. Photo: HKEJ

    Cheung Kong to turn Tin Shui Wai hotel into homes

    - Jan 8, 2019 5:15pm
      How do you turn a 1,000-room hotel into 5,000 housing units? CK Asset Holdings (01113.HK) chairman Victor Li Tzar-kuoi has the vision to turn the company’s Harbour Plaza Resort City in Tin Shui Wai into two blocks...
  • Industry practitioners call for more effective regulation to safeguard the public from unscrupulous online practices. Photo: Reuters

    How to succeed in China showbiz without really trying

    - Jan 7, 2019 2:30pm
    You can buy anything online.  We are not just talking about all sorts of goods and services you can order from online shopping websites such as Alibaba’s Taobao.com, but also clients, followers, admirers and fans, whom...
  • Hotpot restaurants remain a popular dining-out option for many Chinese, especially during the winter months. Photo: Bloomberg

    Can we do without hotpot?

    - Jan 4, 2019 3:46pm
    Be it cold or warm weather, Hong Kong people don’t need much excuse to indulge in one of their favorite foods — the hotpot. If you are like me who loves winter but always feels hungry...
  • Power party: CC Land chairman Cheung Chung-kiu, Chinese Estates former chairman Joseph Lau, Alibaba chairman Jack Ma, and China Evergrande chairman Hui Ka-yan. Photo: Internet

    A gathering of tycoons: something’s cooking

    - Jan 2, 2019 12:04pm
    From gloom to boom? Just when almost everyone was so glad to bid adieu to 2018 – a quite horrendous year for stock punters the world over – a snapshot of four smiling Chinese tycoons joining...
  • Shoppers walk through Harbour City shopping mall in Hong Kong on Dec. 20 ahead of Christmas and New Year holidays. The city sees huge travel flows during the festive season. Photo: Bloomberg

    A peaceful Christmas

    - Dec 28, 2018 2:33pm
    Hongkongers just love Christmas. As many people go on overseas holiday, the traffic seems to be smoother on the city’s roads and one can also walk in easily to all the favorite eateries. Of course you...
  • A file picture shows people lining up to buy tickets for a Mark Six lottery at a betting branch in Hong Kong. The Jockey Club has released new analysis on the lottery history and wins. Photo: HKEJ

    How to win Mark Six jackpot in 2019

    - Dec 27, 2018 1:10pm
    The Jockey Club has gone the extra mile to promote its Mark Six lottery as it released some big data analysis that it hopes will prompt more people into buying the tickets and dream of getting...
  • Hong Kong's equity market took a beating this year amid concerns over the potential economic impact of the Sino-US trade war. Photo: Bloomberg

    A gloomy Christmas song: ‘Recession is coming to town’

    - Dec 24, 2018 12:34pm
    You’d better watch outYou’d better not cryYou’d better keep cashI’m telling you why:Recession is coming to town It’s hitting you once,It’s hitting you twiceIt doesn’t care if you’ve been careful and wiseRecession is coming to town...

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