Author: Danielle Lam

Born in Canada, Danielle is deep diving into the things that make Hong Kong a city of intermingling identities, and bridging the information gap as someone trying to navigate the city herself as a cultural inbetweener. Sometimes this means examining culture and local people’s stories, and other times it means drinking all the milk tea and doing walking explorations of peripheral districts.

In Collaboration With PayPalThis November, your premier paper-free payment partner PayPal is welcoming new account users with the PayPal Welcome Pack. Users who registering an account for the first time will receive vouchers for five brands that are valid until the end of the year, no strings attached: Google Play, Pixiv, Buyee, Banggood, and DJI Store. What is PayPal? Founded in 1998, PayPal is now trusted as one of the most secure, convenient online payment platforms in the world. It is supported in most countries and serves as an affordable, effective alternative to paper payment methods like cheques. Signing up…

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ICHK Hong Lok Yuen Kindergarten & Primary was founded in 1983 after a group of parents decided to start a school in their verdant community of Hong Lok Yuen Estates. It was one of the first international schools to offer a Chinese language programme. Today, ICHK Hong Lok Yuen is a Kindergarten and Primary school. When moving to secondary school, ICHK HLY students have priority places at ICHK Secondary School. The school has recently been shortlisted for the 2023 International School Award. Campus and facilities ICHK HLY’s emphasis on play in the great outdoors sets the kindergarten and primary school apart Located…

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We’re not sure there’s a better way to wind down on a weeknight than digging in the back of your brain for the name of the tyrannical head teacher from Roald Dahl’s Matilda with a pint in hand. For some low-stakes fun testing your general knowledge with a group of friends, check out these pub quizzes in Hong Kong. Most of them are centred in the home of British pubs – Wan Chai – but there may be some even regular quizzers haven’t heard of. GRAIN — Kennedy Town Sip Gweilo brews with a side of quiz-ery every second Tuesday…

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In the cultural mixing pot that is Hong Kong, there are new exciting dining and drinking concepts popping up all the time, from innovative fine dining and internationally known restaurants coming to the city for the first time to locally-born exploratory fusion. Stay on top of the need-to-knows of the dining scene with our restaurant and bar opening guide. Bàrbar Brand new Spanish restaurant Bàrbar’s wine bar (© Bàrbar) Newly joining Ship Street’s line-up of fantastic F&B is Bàrbar, a casual Spanish wine and tapas bar. Under the direction of the same minds that birthed Pica Pica, it boasts the…

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Chief Executive John Lee has stated on Friday that mandatory wearing of masks will continue unless the vaccination rate among vulnerable groups like children increases. Lee was speaking at a phone-in event surrounding his first policy address broadcasted by state media RTHK, in response to a caller asking if Hong Kongers will be allowed to choose to wear a mask when not in crowded indoor places at some point. “One thing that has been agreed by all the experts, whether they’re subscribing to one school of thought or others [is] that mask-wearing should continue,” Lee replied, as masks have “been…

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In Collaboration with VipopSustainability in the fashion industry has become the next trend. It’s not true that all brands greenwash in order to make sales, but it’s reached a point where designers almost need to show some sustainability aspect to get customers to trust them. And it’s clear why: the fashion industry, in a popular statistic, accounts for 8-10% of global carbon emissions by humans. As Fabiana González, co-founder and procurement expert at sustainable fashion designer curator Vipop, puts it: “Everyone is greenwashing now because it’s a trend. That adds value to the pricepoint, like if it’s expensive, of course,…

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In Collaboration with Compass OfficesHong Kong has ranked as the freest economy in the world by a Canadian think tank for over 30 years. Incorporating a new company or opening a new office location in the city is a lucrative decision. The main office types available in Hong Kong are conventional office leases, serviced offices, co-working spaces, and shared office spaces. Serviced offices are increasingly popular workplace solutions that offer the benefits of private offices combined with the flexibility of short-term rentals. How to choose your office in Hong Kong The following factors will affect the price of your office…

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Halloween season is almost upon us. During the month of retelling spooky stories about spirits and dark histories (as well as warding off evil energy and paying respects to ancestors on Double Ninth Festival), and besides amusement park haunted houses, here are 10 buildings and houses in Hong Kong that have creepy tales and ghost sightings associated with them. Many of these places are accessible to the public, but brave adventurers beware! To be safe, avoid taking a solo trip to the places on this haunted house list and leave before darkness falls to avoid accumulating negative juju. Bela Vista…

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In collaboration with Tutor TimeNursery school is the first step for many Hong Kong families in their early education before formal schooling begins. Nurseries, along with casual playgroups, are one of the earliest places that moms and dads send their kids to help with developing cognitive, social, and fine and gross motor skills. How do you know if a nursery is right for your child’s developmental level? How do you choose a suitable nursery programme? Sometimes, education centres or schools bank on parents’ lack of knowledge to get them to enroll, but as this is your little one’s earliest step…

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The Hong Kong government has announced that beginning September 26, inbound travellers no longer have to quarantine at a hotel when they enter the city. Instead, they must spend the first three days after they arrive in the SAR under medical surveillance, and will get a health code depending on the results of their on-arrival PCR test. With these new travel measures, Hongkongers’ pre-pandemic normal of being able to hop out of the city to Korea or Thailand for a few days or weeks has come back into focus. With our new normal, you may even be planning on a…

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