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Happenings & Events – Stuff to know in August

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Love to Bake! Bake to Love! The deadline for this year’s DB Baking Competition is August 15, with local bakers challenged to share their treasured family bake recipes with the community for an online vote. Recipes by the winner, 1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up will be published in the October issue of Around DB. For more details click here.


Cookie Smiles (co-founded by DB resident Agnes Chin) has launched the Shining Star Programme, a community-oriented initiative aimed at empowering students with disabilities.

Organised alongside Shine Skills Centre, the placement scheme gives students a range of training opportunities in some of Hong Kong’s finest hotels and restaurants, equipping them with the tools for a successful career.

To find out more and get involved, visit www.cookiesmiles.com.hk.


Luna Tetsu of Jazz Bird Café in Yau Ma Tei has hatched a plan with Kannie Lee at Garden Artemis, whereby you can pre-order and pick up her keto iced-crust mooncakes at the DB North Plaza store.

The vegan mooncakes (sesame or five ren) are priced at HK$198 for a box of four, with all proceeds going to Jazz Bird’s community efforts and to the charities it partners with.

Be sure to place your order well ahead of the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on September 10. To find out more, call Garden Artemis on 9137 4833.



*Editor’s Note:The HLG Kart race has been postponed to October 15 due to “a technical and coordination matter”

DB kart-race enthusiasts, aged 7 to 88 years, can look forward to the return of the HLG Kart Race on October 15.

Racers choose between the standard category and the freestyle category, in which they can use their own karts. Held along Discovery Bay Road from 9am to 5pm, the HLG Kart Race is a community event with all proceeds going to charity. Registration closes on September 16, so book your spot now at www.hlgkartrace.com.

[PHOTO COURTESY OF Harvey Law Group.]



DB Pirates is on the lookout for new players of all ages and gender to join its teams, be it hockey, netball, rugby or dragon boat. The club is also looking for volunteers: “We need a board secretary and a communications point person, and we are looking for a new head of hockey and a new netball coach for our juniors’ section,” says newly appointed Chairman Hank Terrebrood.

Founded in 2005 and known as DB’s “friendliest sporting club,” DB Pirates continues to go from strength to strength, with teams competing successfully across Hong Kong and beyond. To register for the new season and learn more about volunteering and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.dbpirates.com.
[PHOTO COURTESY OF Hank Terrebrood.]



Time to enrol your kids for tennis lessons at the DBRC (members only).

Morning and afternoon sessions are on offer for kids aged three years and up, Monday to Friday (plus Saturday mornings). The small-group lessons last from 30 minutes to one hour, and kids are taught by the same coach each week. To find out more and sign up, WhatsApp 9127 0977 or email [email protected].



Martin Malden, 69, passed away on June 24, walking the hills above his beloved Mui Wo. A long-term Mui Wo resident and avid nature lover, Martin will be sadly missed by many in the community. Our hearts go out to his family and friends at this time.

Martin was a member of the Lantau Base Camp Social Runs & More group, and a close friend of Gary Brightman of VIBE. “Martin’s death is a tragic loss. It came as a great shock to family and friends as he was seemingly in great health, and happy with his life here on Lantau,” Gary says. “Martin was a great friend and worked at VIBE on an occasional basis; he came to the shop pretty much every Saturday to socialise with friends. He never missed an author’s talk or Tiny Desk gig in all that time… He will be greatly missed.”

Martin ran Lantau Network, a website providing support for local businesses, and he was active across Hong Kong as a digital consultant through his website company, Abledragon. Indeed, Martin was greatly valued by our team at Bay Media, for his support as web consultant, advising on IT-related issues. “It’s with extreme sadness that we hear this news,” says Philip Jay, owner of Bay Media. “Martin was a lovely guy and he was critical in resolving our complex web operations. Just recently, he helped us troubleshoot the Around DB website.”

Friends in the Lantau community held a wake for Martin at Café Isara in Mui Wo on July 30, followed by a one-hour memorial walk on July 31, starting at Lantau Base Camp. Martin was cremated on July 15 in a private ceremony.



Jay Haddow grew up in DB with a dream of pursuing a career in football. Last month, that dream came one step closer with Jay, 18, signing his first professional contract with the English Championship team Blackburn Rovers, fighting off interest from several other clubs.
Jay, who is the son of Progressive Sports Asia (www.prosportsasia.com) co-founder Dirk Haddow, started out playing with Kitchee Football Club in Hong Kong. Having experienced a taste of English academy football at age 10 with Aston Villa, he decided, at age 12, to leave his family and friends to move to boarding school in the UK. He was soon invited for a trial with Blackburn Rovers, and would go on to sign for them and join their successful U13 team.

Six years on, having experienced many highs and lows and completed a two-year full-time scholarship, Jay was offered and signed a two-year pro contract with a one-year option. He will continue his development in Blackburn’s U21 squad which competes in Division 1 of the Premier League 2 against the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United.

It has been a surreal couple of months for Jay, as besides signing for Blackburn Rovers, he was also selected for the Japan U19 national team and recently participated in the prestigious Maurice Revello Tournament, also known as the Toulon Tournament, held in France, and won two caps against Comoros and Argentina. We wish Jay all the best in the season ahead!



Through her #Ittasteslikelove campaign, Cheung Sha resident Liz Thomas continues her mission to normalise breastfeeding and encourage all of us to stand up for nursing mothers’ rights. This year, ahead of World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), an annual celebration which is held every year from August 1 to 7 in more than 120 countries worldwide, #Ittasteslikelove is encouraging mothers to share and celebrate their breastfeeding milestones.

“Whether it is one week or five years we need to encourage parents to celebrate and share their experiences,” Liz says. “Our Instagram account showcases breastfeeding as art; we use Facebook for sharing the latest research, science and discussion; and the website offers guides, advice and incentives from our various supporters. A popular element is our stories section which features reports of motherhood from the trenches.”
Now in its third year, the #Ittasteslikelove normalise breastfeeding campaign has the support of more than 200 brands and businesses, all of whom have pledged to empower breastfeeding mothers by providing them with a safe space to nurse.

Luxury establishments such as Hotel Icon and the Grand Hyatt are among the big-name backers, as well as Lantau hotspots such as Little Brother, Good Wellness, Pause, Village Bakery and Natural Plus.

To know more, visit www.ittasteslikelove.org.
[PHOTOS BY Karen Holt Photography and Teresa Laqua, Teschka Takes Pictures.]


DB resident Maëva Debeauquenne has just published Woodland Academy, a feel-good children’s story that takes readers into a woodland forest, and to a school filled with wizards and witches of all sizes and ages (all the students are animals). Here anyone can become a wizard, and the message is clear: Willingness and resilience make dreams come true.

Woodland Academy is available on Amazon and at Bookazine in DB and Central.
[PHOTO COURTESY OF Maëva Debeauquenne.]


In mid-July, owner Gary Stokes made the tough decision to close Hemingway’s, and the news was received with sadness by residents throughout the community.

On opening in 2006, Hemingway’s quickly established itself as a real community hub – somewhere to eat, drink and listen to live music.
Rightly billed as the “home of live music in Discovery Bay,” Hemingway’s was also, of course, DB’s first all-vegan restaurant, right in line with conservationist Gary’s personal beliefs. We promise to keep the faith, Gary! We will listen to live music whenever we can and eat vegan as much as we can!

PHOTO BY Richard Gordon – www.richardgordonphotography.com.

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