27 February 2020

Ben Kwok

EJ Insight writer
  • A food-safety scare has taken the sheen off a popular YouTube movie that advised young men to put their girlfriends to the McDonald's test. Photo: YouTube

    McDonald’s dating theory may not hold up now

    - Jul 25, 2014 3:37pm
    In a blog post on social media last year, a smart aleck wrote that a man should always seek a woman who would be willing to settle for a cheap meal at McDonald’s. The post became...
  • Don't believe what they say about cheap flats in Tai O and Tai Po. Photos:, HKEJ

    There are no cheap flats in Tai Po or Tai O

    - Jul 24, 2014 6:56pm
    There are no cheap flats in Hong Kong. Not in Tai Po, not in Tai O. Li Ka-shing’s Cheung Kong made headlines last week when it unveiled flats priced at less than HK$2 million at Mont Vert...
  • Many parents start their children young on the dance school routine. That means a lot of money for dance school operators. Photo:

    Selling pointes: Stay in step with a dance school debut

    - Jul 23, 2014 1:41pm
    Baseball player Satchel Paige once said, “Work like you don’t need the money. Dance like nobody’s watching.” If you rearrange the words to say “Make money like you’re dancing”, you get closer to the idea of...
  • Leaked documents reveal Jimmy Lai's taste for the finer things in life, including wine and art. Photo: HKEJ

    Jimmy Lai and his two lieutenants

    - Jul 22, 2014 2:13pm
    Media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying is back in the spotlight as some confidential information stored on the computer of a close associate mysteriously found its way to newspaper offices late Monday. The documents, said to have...
  • Hong Kong businessman Yam Tak-cheung (right) and ASUSTeK co-founder Wayne Hsieh jointly acquired Forbes Media. Photo: forbes,,

    Meet Yam Tak-cheung, the new Forbes owner

    - Jul 21, 2014 3:54pm
    One can gain insight into the character of the new owner of Forbes Media just by reading the name of his company: Integrated Whale Media Investments. The consortium, formed by Hong Kong businessman Yam Tak-cheung and...
  • Joseph Yam has plenty of ideas about protecting Hong Kong's status as a prime financial hub. Photo: HKEJ

    Just a few musings about Joseph Yam

    - Jul 21, 2014 2:35pm
    It is not often that a man gifts another male a self-made art piece in a show of friendship. And it’s even rarer that both publicly recommend each other for the top job in the city....
  • Hong Kong's leader CY Leung and his wife Regina Leung could do with some additional reading material. Photos: HKEJ

    What CY and his kin should buy at the book fair

    - Jul 18, 2014 1:34pm
    Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee, the wife of Hong Kong’s top leader Leung Chun-ying, drew quite a bit of attention Thursday as she visited the book fair in the city. While she would have no doubt felt...
  • MTR Corp. chief executive Jay Walder is leaving a year earlier than the end of  his contract . Photo: HKEJ

    They shoot gweilo expat managers, don’t they?

    - Jul 17, 2014 3:36pm
    They would offer you a drink after work. They give you a hug, or a kiss if you happen to win during the company Christmas grand lucky draw and they rarely forget to thank you. So...
  • Rising housing costs is a source of worry for many in Hong Kong. Photos: wikipedia,

    Another ticking time bomb in Hong Kong

    - Jul 16, 2014 2:36pm
    It is one of the hot topics in Hong Kong and an issue that could fuel civil protests if not handled properly. No, I’m not talking about the Occupy Central movement, but about public housing units...
  • Questions about their political preferences proved tougher for the DSE topnotchers than the actual written exams. Photo: HKEJ

    DSE top scorers should not sit for Occupy Central questions

    - Jul 15, 2014 2:23pm
    Hong Kong’s Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) exams may be a breeze, but the oral test afterwards was a lot more challenging. A dozen top scorers were subjected to a battery of questions by local journalists who sought...
  • Leung Kwok-hung sparks a debate on dress code; Priscilla Leung (left) hits 'flirtatious' comment; Regina Ip (second from right) looks summery; netizens prefer another model. Photos: HKEJ, Headline Daily

    Women can wear shorts, not men

    - Jul 11, 2014 2:27pm
    Short hair, short trousers. It makes sense, or does it? Fresh from his short vacation in prison, Leung Kwok-hung has again managed to annoy some of his colleagues — this time even without yelling an angry...
  • A few more days and the World Cup champions will be known. Photo: Bloomberg

    A few words before the World Cup final…

    - Jul 10, 2014 2:57pm
    What a sharp contrast between the two semi-final matches in this year’s World Cup! The first match was determined in 180 seconds when Germany scored three goals against Brazil enroute to a 7-1 demolition job, whereas...
  • Will pro-democracy protests help or hinder the Hong Kong stock market? One can only wait and watch. Photos: HKEJ,

    Hong Kong market: Some wishful thinking

    - Jul 10, 2014 2:26pm
    Hong Kong stocks opened firmer on Thursday as fears over the Occupy Central movement, triggered partly by downbeat comments from HSBC and Barclays, subsided, helping the market come off the post-July 1 lows. As for the...
  • Shui On Land chairman Vincent Lo will be spending more time in public service with his appointment to the Hong Kong Airport Authority. Photo: HKEJ

    Shui On flats or shares? Change is better

    - Jul 8, 2014 2:50pm
    I had a leisurely walk yesterday in Lingan Tiandi, a Pearl River Delta version of the famous Shanghai Xintiandi just next to Zumiao, repository of the cultural heritage of Foshan and home to martial arts masters...
  • Chief Executive CY Leung called his wife when she was making a speech last Friday but was rejected. Photo: i-Cable

    It’s CY calling… or what he might have said to his wife

    - Jul 7, 2014 2:06pm
    It has been a personal matter since day one. We know what Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s second daughter said on her Facebook page two weeks ago, and what his wife Regina said on Friday when she...
  • Netizens in Guangzhou cannot enter most of the Hong Kong media websites. Photos:,

    Hong Kong is so near yet so far from Guangzhou

    - Jul 7, 2014 12:54pm
    I was in Guangzhou and Foshan over the weekend, and I never felt farther from Hong Kong, which is just two hours away. Of course, I could still watch TVB Jade and TVB Pearl in South...
  • From across the Shing Mun River, Shatin cuts a striking skyline against a mountain backdrop. Rental rates in the district have been driven up by demand for student accommodation. Photo:

    Why Shatin is the hottest town in summer

    - Jul 4, 2014 3:41pm
    They may not come and buy gold like crazy anymore, nor snap up residential units without so much as a second look, but mainlanders still manage to drive up rental prices in Hong Kong. In the...
  • While Lei Jun gloats over his latest sales figures, I undergo the tribulations of a Xiaomi fan. Photo: Bloomberg

    Confessions of a Xiaomi fan

    - Jul 3, 2014 4:24pm
    I have never been a loyal customer of any brand, but I have bought a couple of Xiaomi smartphones just these past three months. I’ve become an unofficial fan (“mi fan”, which means rice noodles). Xiaomi on...
  • The stars are missing in action this year at the July 1 march and the World Cup. Photo: EJ Insight

    How is the July 1 demo like the World Cup?

    - Jul 2, 2014 3:26pm
    Answer: You can’t sleep this morning if you took an interest in it. For one thing, both went extra time. The annual demonstration on the handover anniversary was an eight-hour march this year, up there with...
  • Swire Pacific's new chairman John Slosar said he has no plans to give in to the dual-class share system, which was proposed by Alibaba Jack Ma (insert) last year. Photo: HKEJ

    Why Swire Pacific is so out of fashion?

    - Jun 30, 2014 12:47pm
    It is like destiny. Among Hong Kong’s nearly 1,700 listed companies, only one — Swire Pacific — has a two-tier share structure. As corporate encyclopedist David Webb noted, the destiny was written in the stock codes...