15 November 2019

Ben Kwok

EJ Insight writer
  • A recent survey showed that half of Hong Kong employees below 25 years of age with no more than two years of work experience quit their jobs without having a new one lined up. Photo: CNSA

    Why many young people resign without having a new job

    - Jun 3, 2019 11:53am
    Some people are able to work for a single company or agency throughout their entire career. Some people are able to switch from one job to another without any break. But times have obviously changed. So...
  • Kweichow Moutai shareholders were disappointed to learn that there would be no dinner at the company's annual general meeting. Photo: HKEJ

    No moutai at Kweichow Moutai AGM

    - May 29, 2019 11:25am
    Kweichow Moutai is a beloved company that produces the most prestigious brand of China’s national liquor, and it is not surprising that its annual general meeting is always a highly anticipated, well-attended affair. The number of registered...
  • Taikoo Li Sanlitun: favorite hunting ground for the paparazzi. Photo: Bloomberg

    That Oscars red carpet moment at Sanlitun

    - May 28, 2019 6:03pm
    These days, the pretty ladies who shop or work at Taikoo Li Sanlitun – Swire Properties’ fashionable shopping complex in the heart of Beijing’s Chaoyang District – must be vicariously feeling like Hollywood stars walking down the...
  • Taiwan is such a convivial place where homes are affordable, food is great, and same-sex marriage is legal. Photo: CNSA/AFP/Reuters

    Why more Hongkongers are moving to Taiwan

    - May 27, 2019 11:57am
    A growing number of Hongkongers are moving to Taiwan. According to the National Immigration Agency of Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior, a total of 297 people from our city emigrated to Taiwan in the first quarter, up...
  • Bank of East Asia chairman and chief executive David Li is flanked by his sons Adrian (left) and Brian during an earnings results announcement in February. Photo: HKEJ

    Banker David Li is stepping down – but not retiring

    - May 23, 2019 11:30am
    Bank of East Asia (00023.HK) chairman David Li Kwok-po, the most senior banker in town, is stepping down from his day-to-day role after 38 years as its chief executive officer. But that doesn’t mean he is retiring....
  • Google's move turned a much sought-after smartphone into an inferior brand overnight. Photo: Reuters

    The Huawei I know

    - May 21, 2019 4:51pm
    Three weeks ago, I bought a new Huawei phone because I lost my iPhone. I really wanted to try out Huawei, which I had heard a lot of nice things about. I was happy with it...
  • More Hong Kong ladies are crossing the border to look for Mr. Right, and government planners are getting worried. Photo: HKEJ

    The new cross-border family

    - May 20, 2019 3:19pm
    Just because there are more women than men in Hong Kong doesn’t mean the fairer sex will get the short end of the stick when it comes to romance and marriage. No siree. Nowadays, local single...
  • Online and video game addiction is causing health problems, particularly eyesight-related issues, for China's young people, authorities say. Photo: Reuters

    Is Tencent to blame for vision problems of Chinese teens?

    - May 16, 2019 12:36pm
    Chinese social media and gaming giant Tencent released its latest financial report on Wednesday, unveiling a better-than-expected net profit growth of 17 percent for the three months to March. However, it was not all good news,...
  • Mindray Medical International, with a 174 billion yuan market cap, should learn its lesson on how to treat shareholders. Photo: Mindray/Facebook

    How not to deal with shareholders

    - May 15, 2019 1:03pm
    Shareholders’ meetings are cheerful occasions where company officials, normally aloof and unapproachable, go out of their way to please investors. They highlight the company’s achievements and sometimes play down less pleasant developments as they smile from...
  • Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam celebrated her 62nd birthday in a low-key manner, and understandably so. File photo: Reuters

    An unhappy birthday for Carrie

    - May 14, 2019 3:27pm
    Monday marked the birthday of Chief Executive Carrie Lam. But there has been no special update on her Facebook page. Nor have we come across reports of Lam doing the rounds in the community and indulging...
  • Rainy nights in Hong Kong: unpredictable weather may affect investor sentiment. Photo: AFP

    Weather is unpredictable, so is the market

    - May 9, 2019 11:47am
    “It’s May, it’s May, the lovely month of May!” says Queen Guenevere in Camelot. But you can’t blame those who think it’s March by the way the weather is going. Except for the little rain, however,...
  • Georginio Wijnaldum scores Liverpool's second goal past Barcelona's Marc-André ter Stegen at Anfield Stadium on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Believe in miracles, Liverpool!

    - May 8, 2019 12:57pm
    How can one not love Liverpool FC? When very few people in the world believed they could make it, they did. Liverpool completed a miracle comeback with a 4-0 sweep over Barcelona this morning and won...
  • Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett and vice chairman Charles Munger are mobbed by media representatives and fans before the company's annual shareholder meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

    The longest, most boring – unproductive? – Warren Buffett show

    - May 6, 2019 12:26pm
    It’s probably the longest talk show on earth – and hosted by the oldest men to lead such an affair.   I am, of course, talking about Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholders’ meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, over the weekend.  It...
  • 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...