Category Archives : Blog


BLOG – Hong Kong’s Kim Jong-Un Lookalike Hails Fellow “Dictator” Lee Kuan Yew

Hong Kong’s very own Kim Jong-un impersonator was ushered out of an event marking the passing of Singapore’s founding leader Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday. “Kim” took to the stage as hundreds of Singaporeans gathered at Central Plaza to watch a live-stream of Lee’s funeral.

In an effort to subvert the outpouring of positive coverage surrounding Lee’s passing, the Kim lookalike declared the former prime minister the “world’s greatest dictator” amid angry heckles.

vC2oXZW.jpg (833×809)


PHOTOGRAPHY – Squalid Slums Return to Asia’s “World City”

A Huffington Post cross-feature. Some names have been altered and identities obscured to protect those featured.

Village houses and flats overlook a ramshackle slum in Lam Tei, a suburb in Hong Kong’s New Territories. As of December 2014, the city is home to 9,618 asylum claimants.


NEWS – Fortune Magazine Places Joshua Wong at #10 in Great World Leader List 4

The Umbrella Movement student leader and Scholarism founder Joshua Wong has been placed tenth in a list of 50 ‘Great World Leaders’ by Fortune Magazine.

e0FGk3Y.jpg (765×476)

Fortune said that Wong was a “compelling figure” and that his “non-violent protest message and energetic idealism galvanised crowds that, over months, numbered in the hundreds of thousands.”

Fgt5NDnl.jpg (640×359)

The student activist was previously given pride of place on the front of TIME Magazine and was nominated for ‘2014 Person of the Year’.


EVENTS – Shakespeare in the Port Festival Tickets Go On Sale

Hong Kong’s outdoor Shakespeare festival is returning to Cyberport on April 16th.

l1fpi9h.jpg (1113×474)

Dates: April 16-May 3, 2015″ 7:30pm weekdays (Wed-Friday). 3pm, 5pm and 7:30pm on weekends. (Saturday and Sunday). Ticket prices are extremely reasonable: HK$150 on weekdays; HK$300 on weekends. Children under 12 go free with purchase of adult ticket.

Shows:

The Tempest 

Follow the characters’ search for hope, love and peace in a play filled with aspiration. Through forgiveness and wisdom, the characters achieve their searches without killing or war. The play begins with a rainstorm. Though fairies continuously creates deceptive scenes, they also manifests a romanticised love.

Weekday Shows: April 16th, 24th, 30th- 7:30pm
Weekend Shows: April 18th- 5pm, 19th- 7:30pm, 25th-5pm, 26th-5pm, May 2nd-7:30pm

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

After a sell-out run at the Fringe Club earlier this year, Shakespeare in the Port is happy to present A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The course of true love never did run smooth, as fairies and humans alike find out one midsummer’s night. With a pinch of magic, comedy and confusion unfold. Perhaps love is nothing but blind, irrational and impulsive, or perhaps not.

Shows: April 18th and 19th at 3pm


BLOG – Third Runway Maths: The Most Expensive in the World? 1

 Guest Post by Peter Woo of FrontlineTechWorkers

Hong Kong’s third runway is now reported to be a HK$140B (billion) project. How absurd is this? Let’s compare:

Uq8HShW.jpg (806×399)

Beijing Capital International Airport – Market Capital HK$32.5B

Unlike Hong Kong International Airport, Beijing Capital International Airport is publicly listed, actually on Hong Kong Stock Exchange (0694.hk). With HK$140B, we can buy out Beijing’s airport 4 times.

London Heathrow Airport – Valued at HK$60B

There was a 8.65% stake sale of the Heathrow Airport Holdings for GBP392M (million)

in 2013. That would imply a full stake valuation of the airport to be around GBP4.5B (392M / .0865). Even by taking the peak of GDP/HK$ rate in 2013 at around HK$13 (currently HK$11.37), it would only be HK$60B, i.e. we can buy out the Heathrow Airport twice.

Berlin Airport New Runway – HK$32B