20 August 2019

Ben Kwok

EJ Insight writer
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the No. 1 pick for Major League Baseball, electrified the crowd during his debut last week. Photo: Getty Images/AFP

    A baseball superstar is born

    - Apr 30, 2019 11:53am
    Not many superstars have had a super start. But then we have Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the No. 1 pick for Major League Baseball, who made his debut last week. He was an utter sensation, and everything...
  • Pro-democracy demonstrators cheer as they approach the government headquarters in Admiralty on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    The long march for democracy

    - Apr 29, 2019 11:07am
    We say 130,000. They say 23,800. Those are the widely different estimates of the number of people who joined Sunday’s pro-democracy march, the former from the organizers and the other from the police.  There is no debate,...
  • Airport buses were packed because travelers from the airport were taking the same vehicles to the Hong Kong terminal of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. Photo: Xinhua

    Easter traffic was great, but not so much

    - Apr 23, 2019 1:24pm
    Don’t you just love to stay in Hong Kong during Easter when one-tenth of the people were away? According to the immigration bureau, 724,125 people were counted passing through the gates back to the city on...
  • I was thinking of Yung Kee roast goose while finishing a cup of instant noodles on my flight to Toronto. Photo: AFP/Yung Kee

    I may have to bring Yung Kee goose on my next CX flight

    - Apr 17, 2019 3:22pm
    Someone advised me to bring some snacks on my flight to Toronto last week. “Come on, I’m taking Cathay Pacific, not Hong Kong Express,” I replied, dismissing his friendly reminder. I was terribly wrong. When I woke...
  • Travel within Toronto has become easier and cheaper, thanks to new offerings in public transit as well as private ride services. Photo: Bloomberg

    Getting around in Toronto without a car

    - Apr 16, 2019 2:22pm
    When I lived in Toronto about thirty years ago, people used to say that it is hard to survive in Canada if you don’t have a car. And a driving license there was as good as...
  • Calzedonia has renewed its lease on a 400-square-foot shop in Causeway Bay. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    Calzedonia pays big to stay in Causeway Bay

    - Apr 15, 2019 1:09pm
    How many socks and leggings does Calzedonia have to sell in Causeway Bay to make enough money just to pay its landlord? The Italian fashion brand has renewed its lease on a 400-square-foot shop at 60A...
  • Average home price per square foot in Hong Kong was almost double that in Singapore last year, according to a survey. Photo: Bloomberg

    HK remains world’s most expensive housing market, by wide margin

    - Apr 12, 2019 3:11pm
    Hong Kong remains the most expensive city in the world to buy a home, according to CBRE. There is no big surprise there, yet there is plenty of reason why we should be alarmed at the...
  • Chinese internet giant Tencent has set new benchmarks in rewarding top executives holding key roles at the firm. Photo: Reuters

    Tencent gives big bonus to top bosses

    - Apr 2, 2019 2:22pm
    Tencent Holdings has taken executive compensation to a new level, spending more a billion Hong Kong dollars on just two people among its senior ranks last year. As per information in its annual report, the Chinese internet...
  • Li Ruigang, chairman of China Media Capital, is known for his big appetite for mega deals in the media industry. Photo: Reuters

    Chinese Murdoch wants to list his media assets

    - Apr 1, 2019 4:11pm
    Last month Australian-born American media mogul Rupert Murdoch completed his deal of the century with the sale of most of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets to The Walt Disney Company. Li Ruigang, dubbed as China’s Murdoch,...
  • People enjoy a sunny day at the Esplanade in Helsinki. Finland has been ranked the second happiest nation in the world for the second year in a row. Photo: Reuters

    Be generous – and be happy

    - Mar 21, 2019 1:08pm
    It is better to give than to receive because being generous would make you a happier person. This is one conclusion we can draw from the latest World Happiness Report, which suggests that donating time and...
  • MTR shares surged to a one-year high after the company suffered one of its worst accidents in four decades of operation. Photo: MTR Corp/Reuters

    The more MTR is slammed, the higher its shares climb

    - Mar 20, 2019 1:11pm
    Name a blue-chip company that has generated so much bad news in recent months yet has seen its shares continue to rise. MTR Corp (00066.HK), the teflon company. Its investors – don’t they read the papers...
  • The Cheung Kong Center building (center) has become a super-premium spot in Hong Kong's commercial property landscape, with rents hitting new highs. Photo: Bloomberg

    Cheung Kong Center: For those who can pay the top rental dollar

    - Mar 19, 2019 11:12am
    Tycoon Li Ka-shing is a “Superman” in more ways than one, with the list of his business and investment successes too many to recount. But one aspect that is coming into renewed focus is his impressive...
  • Leung Leung-shing speaks at the Federation of Hong Kong Guangdong Community Organizations' Chinese New Year dinner last month. The tycoon's home is said to be the priciest in HK in rental value terms. Photo: CNSA

    Hong Kong’s most expensive homes in rental value terms

    - Mar 18, 2019 2:52pm
    Wondering who in Hong Kong might possibly be living in more luxury than the city’s richest man, tycoon Li Ka-shing? It’s anyone’s guess, but if you go by some data there are at least two mainlanders...
  • After serving customers for several decades, Lok Heung Yuen Coffee Shop is set to down its shutters, making it the latest victim of Hong Kong's skyrocketing rents. Photo: Wikipedia

    Farewell to the ‘snake pit’ in Central

    - Mar 15, 2019 12:31pm
    If you have worked in Central but do not know the “snake pit”, you can consider yourself a bit out of depth in relation to the social scene there. For more than six decades, the Lok...
  • Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra will throw a big wedding party for his youngest daughter Peathongtarn Shinawatra and groom Piok Sooksawas at Rosewood Hong Kong next Friday. Photo: Reuters/Rosewood Hong Kong

    A wedding scene straight out of Crazy Rich Asians

    - Mar 14, 2019 1:11pm
    The wedding scene in that blockbuster of a rom-com movie Crazy Rich Asians will soon be replicated in real life – in Hong Kong. According to Sing Tao Daily, exiled billionaire and former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra...
  • The 12-storey Eslite building in Taipei has become a hotspot for Hong Kong visitors to Taiwan since the news of its imminent closure broke out. Photo: CNSA

    World’s first 24-hour bookstore to close next year

    - Mar 13, 2019 12:17pm
    Night owls who find reading more satisfying than sleeping were probably dismayed to hear Eslite’s announcement on Tuesday that its flagship store in Dunnan, Taipei, the world’s first 24-hour book shop, is likely to close when...
  • A secondary school in Happy Valley has admitted that a teacher acted in haste in calling the police on some students who were taking pictures in the campus late last month. Photo: YouTube

    When an apology isn’t convincing enough

    - Mar 12, 2019 2:21pm
    After coming under fire over an inexplicable and insensitive action against some of its students, St Paul’s Secondary School is now seeking to make amends. The elite girls’ school in Happy Valley has now apologized for...
  • Mainland visitors contribute substantially to the growth of the tourism industry, but some of them have nasty habits that give headaches to their hosts. Photo: Reuters

    Some pesky tourist habits that hotels can do without

    - Mar 11, 2019 1:45pm
    Many countries and regions have seen a surge in their tourism industry as a result of the influx of Chinese visitors. But the coming of these big-spending, shop-till-they-drop travelers is not without its drawbacks. According to...
  • Xinhua News Agency introduced the robotic news anchor Xin Xiaomeng last Sunday to cover the proceedings at the annual session of the National People's Congress in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

    Real news, fake news anchor

    - Mar 8, 2019 2:11pm
    US President Donald Trump abhors fake news, meaning news that is critical or unfavorable to him. China, on the other hand, makes fake news anchors. One shining spot of the ongoing National People’s Congress session in...
  • Although property prices continue to soar, the desire of people to own a home has become even stronger. Photo: Bloomberg

    So you think you’ll be happy once you acquire your own home?

    - Mar 6, 2019 12:54pm
    Who doesn’t dream of having their own home? That’s the reason why Hong Kong youth are frustrated and angry: they feel no matter how hard they strive, they won’t be able to afford one. But as...

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