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You know the scenario. You’re in a bar in Lan Kwai Fong or SoHo and suddenly you discover you’re short on cash. You ask the bartender if he’ll accept plastic for one drink and he asks if you’re talking about breasts. It’s time for a quick cash run. On stepping outside...
HK Magazine: What’s with the Monroe obsession? Lawrence Schiller: Marilyn was the first tragedy of the 60s. Her death was the first in a very difficult period. But what was also special and irreplaceable about her was that she never offended women. Whereas Jayne Mansfield was good for men,...
Dec 14 2007
Danny Pang
Oxide and I were born in Hong Kong from nothing. My father was a taxi driver, my mother a housewife. We grew up with seven brothers and two sisters, but Oxide and I were always the closest. We had the same interests in ghosts and the supernatural. Even now our beliefs and attitudes coincide 100...
Dec 14 2007
The French Film Festival – the oldest film festival in town – returns to the big screen this week. Launched in 1953, the local festival’s first incarnation featured the revered French director Jacques Tati as guest of honor and celebrated the release that year of his film “...
Dec 7 2007
Category III. This is the best thing to happen in the world of musicals since Andrew Lloyd Webber’s cat destroyed the score to the “Phantom of the Opera” sequel. Who would have thought a hefty dose of murder and misanthropy could bring a traditionally divisive medium to the...
Dec 3 2007
The Epidemic “It’s uncontrollable, it’s an addiction, it’s like overeating, overexercising or overdrinking” says 22-year-old working artist Kenneth Chow. “I know it’s not good and that I need to stop, but I don’t. It’s totally consuming.”...
Nov 23 2007
Drop your money off in Venice, China
The herds are flocking to Macau like it’s Mecca. This September Macau drew more visitors than Hong Kong for the first time, scoring 2.27 million, 145,000 over its traditionally stronger sibling. Within the past month, we’ve seen Beyonce, the Black Eyed Peas and the NBA draw throngs of...
Nov 16 2007
Though Hong Kong’s marine environment contains about 1,000 different tropical and temperate fishes, and more than twice as many coral species as the Caribbean, most of us have trouble identifying marine life unless it’s on our plate. “It’s a shame,“ says diving...
Ready, set, barf
The Last Day: Team USA For reasons now beyond me, I woke at 6:30am on the final day of the race determined more than ever to sail. This time, I thought, I’d choose the right boat. Yesterday I sailed with the nice guys and we didn’t even get out the gate. If I was going to sail right, I...
Nov 2 2007
All photos courtesy of FormAsia Books
The government has a new blueprint for nature. Those steep slopes, loose rocks, wayward streams and unkempt bushes simply won’t do. They’re messy, unwieldy, and they slow down the flow of foot traffic. The solution? Flatten them down and roll out the cement carpet. All too often these...
Oct 18 2007