14 November 2019

Ben Kwok

EJ Insight writer
  • 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...
  • Janet Yellen, the former chairperson of the US Federal Reserve, will be a star speaker at the Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference in Hong Kong later this month. Photo: Bloomberg

    Janet Yellen is coming to town

    - Mar 5, 2019 5:06pm
    If you are a Donald Trump hater -– and there are plenty of you out there, including in the financial markets where one often lost money due to the unpredictable US leader — here is something...
  • Financial Secretary Paul Chan delivers the 2019-20 budget at the Legislative Council on Wednesday. Photo: ISD

    Paul Chan’s sweeteners leave a bitter taste

    - Feb 27, 2019 3:38pm
    Call it sugar-light candy. Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po’s budget for the coming fiscal year is not as sweet as his first one.  As to be expected, Hong Kong citizens, both online and offline, are unhappy...
  • The Liaison Office reportedly paid close to HK$250 million for 20 units of Grand Central in Kwun Tong. Photo: HKEJ

    Liaison Office wants a big piece of Grand Central

    - Feb 25, 2019 4:16pm
    When Beijing’s top official in Hong Kong, Director Wang Zhimin of the Liaison Office, said last year that “it is good for Central and Sai Wan to walk together”, he, of course, meant closer cooperation between the central...
  • Jimmy Lai's (left) Next Digital and Yu Pun-hoi's HK01 are striving to adapt to a changing environment in the media industry. Photo: Next Digital, Reuters, RTHK, HK01

    HK01, Apple Daily struggle amid winter chill in media industry

    - Feb 22, 2019 3:50pm
    Winter is gone, but most of us are not even sure if it came because of the unusually warm weather. But wintertime is very much around in Hong Kong media. Influential online news website announced...
  • Attending the unveiling of the PropTech blockchain platform on Wednesday are (from left) ASTRI chief executive Hugh Chow, NWD vice chairman Adrien Cheng, and BOCHK deputy chief executive Ann Kung. Photo: NWD

    Blockchain signals new world of home sales in Hong Kong

    - Feb 21, 2019 1:06pm
    How much time did you spend to buy your first property? Acquiring a home is hard enough for ordinary Hong Kong families, who have to save up all their income for 17 years before they could have...
  • A file photo shows the A&E department at Kwong Wah Hospital. Hong Kong's public hospitals are struggling to cope with demand, leading to long waiting times for patients. Photo: HKEJ

    Why HK will see more outward medical tourism

    - Feb 20, 2019 1:15pm
    A post in a Taiwan chat group on the waiting times in Hong Kong public hospitals has gone viral online, fueling intense discussions on the state of public health systems in the region. Citing a public...
  • For the first time in 94 years, the Forbidden City in Beijing will open its doors to visitors at night on Tuesday and Wednesday. Photo: CNSA

    Palace Museum opens its doors to lovers under the full moon

    - Feb 19, 2019 1:41pm
    Wonder and romance come at a price, especially for lovers who want to celebrate tonight their undying affection for each other under the full moon at the Palace Museum in Beijing. This will be the first...
  • Aside from business, Jack Ma has also often spoken on matters of love and relationships. Photo: Reuters

    A Valentine message from Jack Ma

    - Feb 15, 2019 6:26pm
    It is a well-recognized fact that Jack Ma knows the secrets of business, but not many people are perhaps aware that he is also an expert on love. Under Ma’s stewardship, Alibaba Group established a ritual...