18 January 2019

Ben Kwok

EJ Insight writer
  • Li Ka-shing, with his son Victor Li Tzar-kuoi, has done many important deals in the Year of the Sheep. Photo: HKEJ

    CKH, the stock of the Year of the Sheep

    - Feb 23, 2015 1:11pm
    It was the biggest corporate deal in Hong Kong in the past 36 years. When Cheung Kong (Holdings) Ltd. (00001.HK) bought a substantial stake in Hutchison Whampoa (00013.HK) on Sept. 25, 1979, it sealed the status of...
  • HSBC, HKT and HAECO are celebrating major anniversaries this year. Photo: HKEJ

    Happy anniversary to HSBC, HKT, Haeco and CCB

    - Feb 20, 2015 8:00am
    Get a HK$150 note from HSBC. Find a time to visit the Clock Tower in Tsim Sha Tsui and, if possible, Singapore. Watch out for good news from China Construction Bank and The Link REIT, because...
  • Kung Hei Fat Choy!  Photo: HKEJ

    12 lucky phrases to say in the Year of the Goat

    - Feb 19, 2015 8:10am
    Kung Hei Fat Choy! Wishing you Hei Hei Yeung Yeung! Hey, what is “Hei Hei Yeung Yeung”? “Hei” means happy. “Yeung” is goat. It means radiantly happy with the festive mood, sort of like walking on...
  • Peter Woo is passing on the reins to the businesses his family controls but will remain involved as chief adviser. Photo: HKEJ

    Peter Woo, son-in-law made good, bows out

    - Feb 17, 2015 5:23pm
    After three decades running the empire of the late tycoon Pau Yue-kong, Peter Woo Kwong-ching will call it a day. That makes him the longest-serving, and probably most successful, son-in-law at the helm of a family-controlled...
  • Baidu co-founder Robin Li (left) displays his mean prowess on the drums at the company's annual party last month. Actress and singer Angelababy (right) was also there as a special guest. Photos:

    What Hongkongers would like to win at the annual office bash

    - Feb 16, 2015 5:19pm
    Forget iPhone 6 or iPad 3. It’s sort of nice to have them, but neither would probably make you scream in delight when your name is announced as the winner of the grand prize at the...
  • Hong Kong International Airport will be busy next week with incoming tourists and outgoing residents. Photo: HKEJ

    How Hongkongers can escape ‘Chinese tourist’ label

    - Feb 13, 2015 2:29pm
    At this time of the year, you will probably bump into more tourists than residents in Hong Kong, just like in Macau. The Immigration Department expects 7.88 million travelers to cross the city’s borders between Feb....
  • There are fewer corporate bookings for spring banquets at big Chinese restaurants this year. Photo: Laguna Palace Restaurant

    Spring banquet — the death of happy meals

    - Feb 12, 2015 1:10pm
    Spring banquet has always been one of my favourite staff benefits. On that night, everyone seems to relax a bit, enjoying free abalone and shark fin soup (or seafood soup to be environmentally friendly), watching colleagues sing...
  • Michael Lynch, who uses a stick because of a childhood bout of polio, is a master at managing stakeholders. Photo: HKEJ

    Farewell, Mr. Stick

    - Feb 11, 2015 1:07pm
    He charms some of Hong Kong’s most troubled ladies, who then return to their elegant form in Legco. He is always the man with the loudest laugh in a room. That probably explains why people have...
  • Jacinto Tong has a good track record of predictions for the property market. Photo: HKEJ

    Why buying property now is not for the greedy

    - Feb 10, 2015 1:02pm
    First, the bad (or, rather, good?) news: unit prices of small flats will fall 20 per cent within three months. Then, the good news: the source of this prediction has been quite accurate. Now the question remains: what would...
  • The Democratic Party lost a lot of supporters in the 2012 Legco election after it voted for the government's electoral reform proposal in 2010. It campaigned on an anti-communist platform during the election. Photo: HKEJ

    Spare a dime for Democratic Party

    - Feb 9, 2015 2:11pm
    Spare a thought for the Democratic Party. Its 20th anniversary fund-raising dinner on Feb. 27 is expected to raise HK$3 million, according to fund-raising manager Fred Li Wah-ming. The target amount cannot even purchase a public...
  • Liaison Office chief Zhang Xiaoming (inset) seems to know something that we don't. The Liaison Office, whose headquarters are located on Connaught Road in the Central and Western District, is a big player in the local property market. Photo: HKEJ

    Why is the Liaison Office selling its properties?

    - Feb 6, 2015 2:05pm
    Something strange is going on in the neighborhood. Beijing’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong reportedly sold its two office units at Shun Tak Centre in Sheung Wan for HK$148 million. At HK$28,000 per square foot, the...
  • Liaison Office chief Zhang Xiaoming called on his guests to 'brave the wind, sail the ocean' during the annual spring reception which was attended by top Hong Kong politicians and business tycoons. Photo: HKEJ

    Who (still) attends Beijing’s annual Hong Kong banquet?

    - Feb 5, 2015 2:07pm
    It’s that time of year when politicians and tycoons come together to pledge their love of country and tell Beijing’s top representative in Hong Kong they appreciate that China loves them back. The latest gathering saw...
  • Wan Chai has become a luxury. The question is why?
Photo: HKEJ

    Why I miss Wan Chai

    - Feb 4, 2015 11:21am
    There is no place for me like Wan Chai, where I have fond memories of every street corner. It’s the best place for lunch. If you’d take me to the Grand Hyatt, I would be able...
  • It's a landlord's market in Tseung Kwan O, and probably anywhere else in Hong Kong. Photo: HKEJ

    2015 housing outlook: panic leasing, panic buying

    - Feb 3, 2015 5:55pm
    About six weeks ago, my buddy told me that he wanted to move to Tseung Kwan O after his Sha Tin landlord raised his rent by 20 percent to HK$11,000 (despite refusing to fix the air-conditioning...
  • Norman Chan is seeing his popularity plummet as a result of the poor performance of the Exchange Fund last year. Photo: HKEJ

    How did Norman Chan manage to sleep these past six months?

    - Feb 2, 2015 1:37pm
    Norman Chan’s prospects of becoming Hong Kong’s next chief executive have grown dimmer since he delivered a lackluster report card on the Exchange Fund last week. But whether he is doing a good job remains a...
  • If the box supersizing trend continues, we might as well start giving away empty gift boxes. Photo: Internet

    Kung Hei Fat Choy: Here’s a big box with small chocolates inside

    - Jan 30, 2015 12:39pm
    What do Toblerone, Sugus and Maltesers have in common? These are favorite candy tray items during Lunar New Year. They are also very un-Hong Kong products. In a city where space is a luxury, these imported...
  • The firms chaired by Jack Ma (left) and Lee Shau-kee are being notably generous with their staff bonuses this year. Photo: HKEJ

    Why not a 100-month year-end bonus?

    - Jan 29, 2015 12:47pm
    Nothing can make one happier than having a seven-digit cheque deposited in one’s bank account before the Lunar New Year. Well, I may be daydreaming, but this is what is happening to some executives in Central and...
  • In 2012, Donald Tsang reportedly took out a lease on an upscale apartment in Shenzhen at a bargain and did not disclose it. Photos: HKEJ, Soufun

    How Beijing plays into Donald Tsang graft investigation

    - Jan 28, 2015 1:33pm
    Former chief secretary Rafael Hui has been in jail for more than a month for corruption. Now what would happen to his former boss, Donald Tsang, who is the subject of a separate investigation for alleged...
  • Xiaomi has been accused of ripping off the design and features of Apple's iconic iPhones. Photos: Xiaomi, Apple

    Xiaomi vs Apple – your pick!

    - Jan 27, 2015 2:43pm
    If you are seeking a new phone, what would your first choice be — Xiaomi or Apple? Apple, I bet you would say. But then you haven’t tried a Xiaomi device yet, I presume. Xiaomi has...
  • A video played at the wedding banquet showed how a Hong Kong-style chicken pie brought the couple together. Photo: EJ Insight

    Chicken pie, a cross-border love story

    - Jan 26, 2015 11:28am
    It was a touching moment witnessing my best buddy finally settling down with a young lady from Chiu Chow (or Chaozhou, the city in Guangdong province where billionaire Li Ka-shing was born).  My high school classmate is...

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