Claiming it causes bad feng shui, family sues neighbors for hanging bras in front of flat

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    Source: Coconuts HK/Sing Tao Daily

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    Sing Tao Daily reported that Lau Yiu-hung and Maria Lam Man-kwan

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     pointing towards their flat in Fullview Garden in Chai Wan.

    Their suit says that the neighbors hung wet clothes, and yellow and red bras on illegal metal hangers and drying racks facing their flat. It also accuses the family’s sons of throwing loud parties that lasted until 6am.

    Lau claimed that women’s underwear creates bad feng shui (we feel really bad for this guy’s wife) because vaginal discharge during menstruation is bad luck (vaginal discharge is a thing — get over it, Mr. Lau). The alleged noise and displays of underwear and bras caused so much emotional and mental distress, Lau said, that his family moved into a hotel in Sheung Wan for 15 days in February and March. Lau is seeking compensation for the stay, which cost HK$16,000 (US$2,039). 

    Meanwhile, a feng shui master told the Standard

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    Golden Melody Awards: Eason Chan and Lala Hsu crowned Best Male and Female singers

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    Source: bandwagon/Appledaily

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    The annual Golden Melody Awards is the Mandopop equivalent of the Grammys, and is widely recognized as one of the most prestigious awards in the Mandopop industry. Bandwagon was present in Taipei for the 29th Golden Melody Awards held at the Taipei Arena on Saturday.

    In every year’s Golden Melody Awards, the Best Mandarin Male and Female Singer awards are the most sought after. The two awards were taken home by Hong Kong singer Eason Chan and Taiwanese singer-songwriter Lala Hsu respectively.

    While many fans expected the Best Male Singer award to be a competition between Singaporean singer JJ Lin and Taiwanese R&B singer Xiao Yu, Eason Chan was a surprise winner with his album C’mon In~. Even the singer himself looked shocked when called upon, but he did not hide his excitement, taking his time to thank everyone involved. The singer said, “Taiwan’s audiences and judges have always shown me a lot of love, and I’m very grateful for this.” This is Chan’s third Best Male Singer award, making him the most successful singer in this category. He also won the Album of the Year award later on.

    On the other hand, Lala Hsu defeated iconic singer A-Mei to win the Best Female Singer award for the first time with her fifth album The Inner Me. She also went on to win the Best Mandarin Album award. Speaking to reporters backstage, Hsu said, “I’m still very shaken, and I’m still trying to make sense of it. But I’m very touched and very grateful for this.” 

    One of the best performances of the night came from a collaboration between two powerhouses, Taiwanese singer A-Lin and Chinese singer Sitar Tan. The two singers performed a medley of classic Mandopop songs from the 80s and 90s, and the act was well-received by fans, who were particularly impressed by the powerful vocals of the two singers. While many Taiwanese singers are seeking greener pastures in Mainland China in recent years, this was a rare moment where a top singer from Mainland China performed across the straits.

    It is also notable that there are many singers and musicians hailing from Mainland China who were nominated for awards this year, including Leon Zheng and Dean Ting for Best Newcomer and Best Mandarin Album, and Chang Shilei for Best Arrangement. 

    One of the awards given out during the night was the Special Contribution Award to rock legend Julie Su for her achievements. The 66-year-old veteran made her debut in 1983 and is an inspiration to many rockers in Mandopop. At one point, her popularity was comparable to that of the iconic Teresa Teng. The tribute began with host Jam Hsiao painting a portrait of her, a feat that he claimed to have practiced at least a hundred times. Then, last year’s Best Female Singer Eve Ai came on stage to perform a series of Julie Su’s most classic songs. Su has kept a low profile in recent years, and remained coy when asked by reporters about releasing new music or holding more concerts. She said: “I don’t dare to say how I will continue with my career, because I don’t know how long more I can sing for. We’ll see if there are any songs that can touch me. I value my freedom and dislike the pressure, but I would like to thank the fans who wish for me to perform more.”

    At this year’s awards, the two singers with the most nominations were Singaporean singer JJ Lin and Taiwanese icon A-Mei, with six nominations each. However, both were left disappointed at the end of the night. JJ Lin did not take home any of the awards he was nominated for, despite much fanfare for his successful album Little Big Us, and a memorable performance at the end of the show. A-Mei performed slightly better, with a win for Best Music Video for her song ‘Left Behind’, though this was more of a win for director Lo Ging-zim rather than the singer herself.

    10 years after their debut, Taiwanese rap group MJ116 is enjoying the best year of their music career. The trio had just managed to sell out their two-day concert at the Taipei Arena within three minutes earlier this month, and were awarded the Best Group award at the recent Hito Music Awards. At the Golden Melody Awards, they continued their success with a win in the competitive Best Vocal Collaboration category for the first time with their album Big Thing, beating out favourites Chang and Lee. After winning the award, MJ116 member E-SO revealed that many people had doubts about the group when they decided to go on the rap genre 10 years ago, at a time when ballads and pop music were considered more popular options. Winning the award is an important milestone for the band and feels like a validation for all the people who have supported them all these years.

    Major award winners

    Album of the Year: C’mon In~ (Eason Chan)

    Song of the Year: ‘Fish’ (Crowd Lu)

    Best Mandarin Album: The Inner Me (Lala Hsu)

    Best Composer: ‘Fish’ (Crowd Lu)

    Best Lyricist: ‘Guo Yuan Chao’ (Song Dongye)

    Best Male Singer: Eason Chan

    Best Female Singer: Lala Hsu

    Best Musical Group: The Chairman

    Best Vocal Collaboration: MJ116

    Best New Artist: EggPlantEgg


    Hong Kong plane crash leaves pilot, 23, in serious condition

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    Source: SCMP

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    A 23-year-old pilot was hospitalised after the light aircraft he was flying crashed in northern Hong Kong on Sunday. Calling the incident a “serious” one, the city’s Civil Aviation Department (CAD) said it would take about a year to establish the cause.

    The Zlin Z42 aircraft, which belonged to the Hong Kong Aviation Club, crashed into a slope in Ma Shi Chau in Tai Po at about 4.30pm. The pilot was practising aerobatics at the time. Police said the victim, who has three months of flying experience, was conscious when rescuers arrived and was taken to Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin. By 10am on Monday his condition had been downgraded from critical to serious, according to a government spokeswoman.

    The pilot was the only person in the aircraft, and no other injuries or property damage was reported, the CAD said. “[The crash] is very serious,” said Raymond Hung Chung-man, the department’s senior airworthiness officer. “Our preliminary understanding so far is that [the aircraft] seemed to have lost control.” A CAD spokesman said the plane was found in bushes at Ma Shi Chau. Its wings and fuselage were damaged. A witness said he heard a “bang” when the crash took place but did not see any fire or smoke coming from the scene. “The lane] seemed to have failed to climb, lost control and plunged down,” he said.


    Fears of underage drinking as flagship Hong Kong Starbucks that sells beer and cocktails opens in Causeway Bay

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    Source:  SCMP

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    Starbucks will serve an expanded alcoholic drinks menu when it opens its new flagship store in Hong Kong’s teeming Causeway Bay on Friday, raising fears among some youth groups that the shop could be a haven for underage drinking. 

    The 5,500 sq ft store, located at Lee Garden Three, is the largest in the city and the first to serve a complete menu of coffee-infused craft beers and cocktails. The company is looking to offer its expanded drinks menu at other locations if the bar in Lee Garden is well-received, the company said. While the chain offers a limited alcohol menu at one of its locations in Central, some are worried that the shop’s location in Causeway Bay – a popular district for teens younger than the city’s legal drinking age of 18 – will attract underage drinkers.

    Sky Siu, executive director at the youth charity KELY Support Group, said the shop should be proactive in helping stop underage drinking by alerting customers that some of the drinks contain alcohol, especially parents.  “Coffee shops are a popular choice among young people for hanging out, reading or even studying. We recommend the shops being vigilant in checking IDs for those who may be younger than 18,” Siu said.

    Norbert Tan, executive director of Starbucks Hong Kong, said the company was taking measures to ensure that underage drinking would not be an issue, including displaying the city’s drinking laws in the store. “If needed, our [employees] will request identification to verify the age of the customers,” Tan said. Businesses caught selling alcohol to minors are subject to a HK$50,000 (US$6,371) fine, according to the law passed in February. The law will take effect on August 1.

    Starbucks opened its biggest shop in Hong Kong at a time when it is closing about 150 cafes in the US. The world’s largest coffee chain is facing competition both from high-end niche cafes such as Blue Bottle and fast-food stores such as McDonald’s. There are about 250 independent coffee shops in Hong Kong, according to the Hong Kong Professional Coffee Association, while the city’s biggest chain Starbucks owns 174 stores.

    A Hong Kong-born mini-chain, The Coffee Academics, started from one store in 2012 and now has nine in some of the city’s trendiest locations, including Taikoo Shing, Lan Kwai Fong, Causeway Bay and Repulse Bay. The speciality cafe which places an emphasis on “coffee culture” is expanding on to mainland China and Singapore. “Retailers and restaurants – whether mass market or niche – need to constantly change winds as consumer trends shift,” said Tom Birtwhistle, digital consulting director at consultancy PwC Hong Kong. “Niche brands that cater to specific customer segments or lifestyle are now really emerging.”

    Starbucks’ Hong Kong chief said the company had been looking for the location of its first flagship store in the city for about four years, given the city’s limited shop space and high rents. “We focus on Causeway Bay because it’s got a great blend of residential, commercial, shoppers and tourists,” Tan said. “There are not that many opportunities for a large store. We really waited for Lee Garden Three to be open.”


    Crowd gathers in Sheung Wan to watch two men having sex

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    Source: Coconuts HK/On.cc/Youtube

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    The people of Sheung Wan had a rare moment of unity yesterday as they gathered on a balcony opposite a tenement building, and watched through a window as two men made sweet sweet love to the delight of onlookers.

    Videos of the two people in action — one thrusting while the other lies on his back, legs over his companion’s shoulders — first appeared on Facebook yesterday evening, but were taken down shortly afterwards (can’t imagine why!), and 

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    The crowd had gathered below trying to guess if one of the people involved in the frisson was a man or a woman. A male bystander can be heard telling a pair of presumably underage onlookers, “hey, you two aren’t adults yet, don’t watch,” while at one point members of the crowd started chanting “stand up,” before being shushed by others. When the pair finally finished, the crowd below waited, with bated breath, and cheered when it was revealed that the legs belonged to a man.

    According to on.cc, some netizens speculated as to whether or not the pair wanted to be watched, while others even joked “this is better than watching the World Cup!” Barrister Athena Kung told the news outlet that the two men were in a private place, but that deliberately exposing yourself to the public — by like, you know, not closing the curtains for business time — can land you up to six months in jail and a HK$1,000 fine (US$127).

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