HK Magazine: So what is it that you’re planning to sell?
Chan Man-yee: We are going to sell “Jin Yeung Sam Bo,” or “pan-fried three treasures” cushions. They’re a traditional Hong Kong street snack made of slices of green pepper, eggplant and red sausage with fish paste. We decided to make a set of three cushions based on this popular dish.
The Year of the Pig is coming and anyone visiting the Lunar New Year Fair will be inundated with piggy paraphernalia from all sides. So City University student Chan Man-yee decided to sell something a little different at her stall in Victoria Park.
Apparently, the government plans to crack down on pirated goods sold at upcoming Lunar New Year fairs. “Operation Raptor” (yes, that’s the name) pledges to halt the sale of luxury goods and merchandise at markets all over the city. They’ll have their work cut out for them, considering our city’s penchant for counterfeits. For instance, the Chief Executive election charade continues to unfold and the government’s halfhearted attempts at conservation are so blatantly counterfeit as to invoke ire among many residents.
For most Hong Kongers, Yau Ma Tei is somewhere you either love or hate. Many people stay away from the district, especially at night, because of its reputation as a hotbed for crime. Bloody gang fights, robbery, streetwalkers and murder – you name it, and Yau Ma Tei is known for it. It’s hardly surprising that many filmmakers set their crime and triad-themed movies there.
A new highway through Yau Ma Tei could turn the historical district into the next Star Ferry Pier.
PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20): I believe you’re climbing up out of the primordial ooze for the last time. You’re done! Never again will you be fully immersed in the stinky depths of hell on earth! Never again will moody despair comprise more than 49 percent of your worldview. From now on, you will be smarter about how to avoid unnecessary pain and misery. You will also be a better escape artist. Now go buy yourself a graduation present.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18): Happy Valentine Daze, Aquarius! During this lover’s holiday, I’m praying for you to have mind-boggling communions with smart-mouthed, quick-thinking virtuosos who are at least as brilliant as you. To be frank, I don’t care whether or not these communions are with attractive members of your favorite gender. In accordance with the promises of your current astrological omens, I just want to see you stimulated to the point of spiritual and intellectual rapture by kaleidoscopic give-and-take sessions.
HK Magazine: Describe pig life for me.
Wong Kwong-wing: Pigs like to live in groups of 10 and sometimes up to 50. Challenging environments make the wild pigs fiercer and more skittish around strangers. On the contrary, farmed pigs are usually more gentle and friendly.
Wong Kwong-wing, chairman of Hong Kong Pig Farm Association, tells us about his 30-year love affair with pigs and how no, they are not as stupid as we think...
Hong Kong is one of the freest cities in the world. We enjoy freedom of speech and embrace diversity in our lives in much the same ways as other cosmopolitan cities like New York and London.
But every once in a while, despite the fact that we worship out-of-the-closet celebrities and have a plethora of films dealing with homosexuality, somehow the G-word manages to stir up heated discussion in our society, casting doubt on our acceptance of the homosexual minority.
The government’s recent criticism of a documentary about homosexuality and decision to pull a lesbian poem from an exhibition spurs worries of a new round of discrimination.
He took the red minibus; she, the green. They saw each other every morning, standing on opposite sides of the road, waiting for their buses to take them in opposite directions to their jobs. They would steal secret glances at each other, ignorant to the pounding of the jackhammers in the nearby construction site. The only sound that roared in their ears was the quickening beat of their hearts.
Too good to be true... too passionate to be forgotten... One night in the “romantic” city of Hong Kong.
Is that why?
“I don’t love you anymore. You can’t swim.”
“You cheated on me... You’re not a virgin!”
“My sister says we should break up, and I agree with her."
“I am mentally ill.”
“I went out with you only because my aunt suggested it.”
“I know she was in bed with me all night, but we were just talking!"
“It's my parents, not me.”
Jan Leung picks the best breakup lines from people around town.
The first Asian Film Awards, apparently a “cousin of the Oscars,” is to be held in Hong Kong. We’ve obtained the top-secret shortlist of the year’s best films but
found some curiously missing. So we’ve decided to dish out our own awards.