7 January 2020

Ben Kwok

EJ Insight writer
  • A file picture of the Jumbo Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen. The iconic eatery has trimmed its workforce in a bid to cut costs amid a business downturn. Photo: HKEJ

    An iconic restaurant can’t escape sector woes

    - Jan 7, 2020 1:22pm
    An iconic Hong Kong restaurant has cut its staff by half as it attempts to stay afloat amid reduced business, joining the list of entities that have been hit hard by the months-long social unrest. The...
  • A file picture shows Democratic Party chairman Wu Chi-wai speaking at the party's 24th-year anniversary and fundraising banquet on March 19 last year. Photo: HKEJ

    Democratic Party regains mojo amid its 25th anniversary

    - Jan 6, 2020 1:11pm
    There is a saying that goes, “Winners do things losers don’t want to do.” But when it comes to Hong Kong politics it seems to be the other way round. Consider this: most of the newly-elected...
  • There's no truth to the rumor that Li Ka-shing plans to give a HK$5,000 cash gift to every adult permanent resident of Hong Kong. Photo: AFP

    Would Superman bail out Hong Kong people?

    - Jan 3, 2020 10:34am
    April Fools’ Day came three months early this year.? Rumors that Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing was unveiling another relief fund?–?this time covering not just small retailers but?all adult residents of the city – went viral...
  • Hong Kong will continue to shine despite all the turmoil. Photo: Reuters

    Unlucky start to 2020? Make your own luck!

    - Jan 2, 2020 12:05pm
    Hong Kong has had a bad start for 2020 as a?supposedly peaceful pro-democracy rally degenerated into scenes of violent clashes between police and protesters and a lucky draw promising millions of Hong Kong dollars in prizes...
  • The EMax shopping center is now home to a Whimsy indoor amusement park, evoking memories of the past as well as offering new tech-based entertainment options. Photo: YouTube

    The Wonderful World of Whimsy is back after 20 years

    - Dec 19, 2019 11:40am
    British writer Julian Barnes once said, “Memories of childhood were the dreams that stayed with you after you woke.” So, welcome back The Wonderful World of Whimsy, the vintage indoor amusement park brand that has returned...
  • US President Donald Trump has made 32 false or misleading claims every day since October, according to the Washington Post. Photo: AFP

    Chinese statistics and Trump’s lies

    - Dec 18, 2019 10:24am
    A lot has been said about the unreliability – if not outright doctoring –?of China’s economic statistics, particularly its GDP growth figures, which even Premier Li Keqiang has questioned. But it appears the United States hasn’t...
  • Lenovo founder Liu Chuanzhi is set to retire this week for the third time in his career. Photo: HKEJ

    When should one call it quits?

    - Dec 17, 2019 11:09am
    There appears to be a huge generational divide when it comes to work. Take the case of Lenovo (00992.HK) founder?Liu Chuanzhi, 75, who is set to retire this week for the third time in his career....
  • Macau is gearing up for the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping as part of the territory’s 20th handover anniversary celebrations. Photo: Reuters

    When a big guy visits a small city

    - Dec 16, 2019 1:55pm
    Don’t go to Macau this week. I say this because the atmosphere in the gambling enclave will be anything but relaxing in the next few days as the city prepares for a high-profile trip by Chinese...
  • Anti-government protesters attend a "United We Stand" rally in Central on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    The top 10 buzzwords of 2019

    - Dec 13, 2019 11:23am
    The year 2019 will be remembered for the cataclysm brought about by the much-reviled and now-scrapped extradition bill and the massive, often violent, protests that it has engendered in Hong Kong. The upheaval has also spawned...
  • Many local fans of Nakamura Tokichi will miss its signature matcha and egg rolls – and the experience of dining in an authentic Kyoto teahouse. Photo: Wpcpey/Wikimedia Commons

    Sayonara to Nakamura Tokichi

    - Dec 12, 2019 11:17am
    When Japanese green tea purveyor Nakamura Tokichi landed in Hong Kong in 2015, the local property market was down following the Occupy protest movement a few months back.? It was an auspicious start as it meant...
  • The civil unrest in Hong Kong has inspired protest movements in various parts of the world, including France, Chile and Spain. Photo: Reuters

    HK protesters beat Xi Jinping in final 5 for Person of the Year

    - Dec 11, 2019 1:05pm
    Just as the civil unrest in Hong Kong is considered the most serious popular challenge to the authority of President Xi Jinping since he took power in 2012, the young protesters in this city of ours...
  • Carrie Lam speaks to the media on Nov. 26 after district council elections delivered a landslide for pro-democracy candidates. There is talk that Lam will reshuffle her cabinet as she seeks to soothe public anger and improve governance. Photo: Reuters

    Will Carrie Lam offer Christmas consolation to Hong Kong?

    - Dec 10, 2019 12:15pm
    Christmas is about hope, peace and joy. For those of us living in?Hong Kong, what can we expect as we head into the festive season? Will there be some good news at last and a chance...
  • Harbour City is known for its extravagant  Christmas decorations. But the giant shopping mall may make this year an exception. Photo: Bloomberg

    No Christmas decorations at Harbour City

    - Dec 9, 2019 12:37pm
    It is said that one good example of the “one country, two systems” principle is?Christmas, which is a major event and public holiday in Hong Kong but is not even celebrated by most people in mainland...
  • Demonstrators sing the protest anthem "Glory to Hong Kong" during a lunchtime protest at the IFC Mall in Central on Nov. 26. Photo: Bloomberg

    No award for ‘Glory to Hong Kong’

    - Dec 5, 2019 10:42am
    After Cantopop singer?Eason Chan abruptly canceled his concerts last month due to the unrest in the city, we now have an announcement from Commercial Radio that it has shelved its annual music awards event that had...
  • Pakistan Star gained fame for its incredible last-to-first finish on its debut in January 2016. Photo: AFP/Hong Kong Jockey Club

    Iconic racehorse Pakistan Star is leaving Hong Kong for good

    - Dec 4, 2019 12:34pm
    One of the most high-profile horses in the local racing circuit is leaving Hong Kong. Pakistan Star gained fame for its incredible last-to-first finish on its debut and, lately, for not completing a race. Owner Kerm...
  • HSBC wants to reward its staff for working hard amid the uncertainties caused by months of protests in the city. Photo: CNSA

    HSBC extends annual leave as Christmas gift for HK staff

    - Dec 2, 2019 11:25am
    It is said that in Hong Kong, employers give staff a salary raise in a good year, but offer more holidays when business is not so good.? I remember a former employer gave an additional three-day...
  • Apple Daily was No. 3 in credibility among local newspapers, according to the survey. Photo: Reuters

    Jimmy Lai’s newspaper up in credibility, survey finds

    - Nov 28, 2019 10:40am
    A recent poll conducted by the?Centre for Communication and Public Opinion Survey of Chinese University of Hong Kong has some interesting findings about the credibility of local newspapers. There’s little doubt that the credibility of the...
  • Many Hongkongers are still hoping for British support amid the current unrest. Photo: AFP

    More Hongkongers renewing their BNO passports

    - Nov 26, 2019 10:36am
    The overwhelming victory of the pan-democrats in Sunday’s District Council elections unmistakably shows the extent of the public’s dissatisfaction with the current?administration, and how it has been handling the more than five months of turmoil in...
  • Voters form a long queue to cast their ballots at a polling station during the District Council elections on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    The people have spoken

    - Nov 25, 2019 10:25am
    Although Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor won’t admit it, Sunday’s District Council election was a referendum on her administration, and the results clearly show that she has lost the people’s confidence – if that wasn’t...
  • Anti-government demonstrators block a road near Polytechnic University on Nov. 18. Hong Kong’s upcoming district council elections have assumed added significance in the view of the months-long social unrest in the city. Photo: Reuters

    Your vote means more in this election

    - Nov 21, 2019 1:07pm
    Many people believe pan-democratic candidates will win big in Sunday’s district council election, with the vote seen as a sort of referendum on the Carrie Lam administration and its handling of the anti-government protests that have...