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.
It's six weeks after the ban and smoking is still the hot issue in Hong Kong.
Take our news quiz to see if you’ve been sucking on the rich cigar of current
affairs, or puffing away at the butt-end of ignorance.
1. What’s the most popular stop-smoking trend sweeping the city?
- Blast in the face from the public “Tobacco Gun” every half-hour
- Nightly binge drinking
- Occupying hands by drawing intricate tribal tattoos into arms
- Walking to Causeway Bay and inhaling deeply
- Tobacco congee
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.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18): Seven centuries ago, there were Christian religious fanatics in Europe who demanded that all women must cover their ears. Why? Because the Virgin Mary had been inseminated through that part of her body by the Holy Spirit. The fanatics feared that other women might be susceptible to the influx of invisible ear-penetrating entities that weren’t so benevolent. And how does this relate to you?
Rich, I want to go out. I’ve locked myself in the house all month recovering from the holiday season and I am turning white. This whole no-drinking January thing isn’t healthy for us. We’re just not that kind of people.
“Midway through life’s journey
I found myself in a dark wood,
for I had wandered off the straight path.”
- the opening lines of Dante’s Inferno
It had all started innocently enough.
We were going to take a Sunday afternoon walk, my friend and I. We had a late dim sum lunch in Wan Chai and then took a taxi to Parkview, from where we would pick up one of the trails and amble along, as we often did, comparing the dramas of the week.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18): The cosmic powers-that-be are encouraging you to be a brazen instigator of novelty, a pioneering magician who dares to initiate inspired trends that may upset the status quo. If you can summon the charismatic nerve to cooperate with this prod, Aquarius, there’s no telling what drastic acts of benevolent disruption you could conjure up. And they would ultimately lead, I have little doubt, to constructive innovations. (P.S.
I licked my finger after a sweaty workout lifting weights and thought, “Mm, not bad.”
Rewind: I was in a chef’s kitchen a few weeks back tasting different salts with slices of radishes when I realized “Yeah, there is a taste to salt beyond just salty.”
AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18): Your whole life passed before your eyes in a flash, and yet you survived. The veil parted and revealed sights too weird and wonderful to consciously register, changing you in ways that won’t fully sink in for months. Now you may feel as if you’re waking up at 3 p.m. after an all-night binge. You might be so overloaded with uncanny new wisdom that you don’t quite know what practical use to make of it all yet.
Dick accused me of being cheap when I left $4 in the receipt sleeve. “But there’s a 10 percent