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Going swimming? Check out HK’s best go-to beaches

Posted on 25 May 2019 No comments

The Environmental Protection Department released on May 24 the latest grading of water quality for 38 gazetted beaches that are open for swimming and one non-gazetted beach, Discovery Bay.   

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Repulse Bay Beach is one of 19 beaches that got Grade 1 marking
     
Nineteen beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), 15 as Fair (Grade 2) and five as Poor (Grade 3).

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Grade 1 beaches:        
Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach,
Repulse Bay Beach
Chung Hom Kok Beach
Shek O Beach
Discovery Bay
South Bay Beach
Hap Mun Bay Beach
St Stephen's Beach
Hung Shing Yeh Beach
Stanley Main Beach
Kiu Tsui Beach
Tong Fuk Beach
Kwun Yam Beach
Trio Beach
Lo So Shing Beach
Turtle Cove Beach
Lower Cheung Sha Beach
Upper Cheung Sha Beach
Pui O Beach

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Despite the breathtaking views Cafeteria Beach was only ranked Grade 2 (photo from DWC page)
Approach Beach
Golden Beach
Cafeteria New Beach
Kadoorie Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach
Lido Beach
Casam Beach
Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach
Castle Peak Beach
Middle Bay Beach
Clear Water Bay First Beach
Silverstrand Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach
Ting Kau Beach
Deep Water Bay Beach


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Grade 3 beaches:
Anglers' Beach
Hoi Mei Wan Beach
Big Wave Bay Beach
Silver Mine Bay Beach
Butterfly Beach


Discovery Bay is a non-gazetted beach without lifeguard service.

Hong Kong has nearly 50 non-gazetted beaches that are not maintained by the government and, therefore, some may be unclean at times. They have no lifeguards on duty and are not equipped with shark nets.

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Compared with last week’s markings, Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach, Chung Hom Kok Beach, Trio Beach and Turtle Cove Beach have been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1. 

Deep Water Bay Beach and Middle Bay Beach have been downgraded to Grade 2; and so have Big Wave Bay Beach, Butterfly Beach and Silver Mine Bay Beach to Grade 3. 

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“The changes are generally within the normal range of fluctuation of the bacteriological water quality of the beaches,” an EPD spokesman said.
    
Under the present system, beaches are classified into four grades according to the level of E. coli bacteria in the water from the five most recent samplings.
 
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Still, the EPD spokesman reminded the public that water quality could also be temporarily affected by heavy rain. Bathers should avoid swimming at beaches for up to three days after a storm or heavy rainfall.
    
A summary of beach grades is published weekly before the weekend.  The latest beach grades based on the most current data may be obtained from the department's website on Beach Water Quality (www.epd.gov.hk/epd/beach) or the beach hotline, 2511 6666.
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General holidays for 2020 published

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It’s just halfway through 2019, but the Hong Kong government has already published the list of general holidays for next year.

Here is the list of general holidays for next year, 2020, as gazetted on May 17:

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(Take note that only those with asterisks below are designated as statutory holidays, when foreign domestic helpers are also entitled to take the day off)
Every Sunday

Sunday
The first day of January
January 1*
Wednesday
Lunar New Year’s Day
January 25*
Saturday
The third day of Lunar New Year
January 27*
Monday
The fourth day of Lunar New Year
January 28*
Tuesday
Ching Ming Festival
April 4*
Saturday
Good Friday
April 10
Friday
The day following Good Friday
April 11
Saturday
Easter Monday
April 13
Monday
Birthday of the Buddha
April 30
Thursday
Labour Day
May 1*
Friday
Tuen Ng Festival
June 25*
Thursday
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day
July 1*
Wednesday
National Day
October 1*
Thursday
The day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
October 2*
Friday
The day following Chung Yeung Festival
October 26*
Monday
Christmas Day
December 25**
Friday
The first weekday after Christmas Day   
December 26
Saturday


“As the second day of Lunar New Year in 2020 falls on a Sunday, the fourth day of Lunar New Year is designated as a general holiday in substitution,” a government spokesman said.

“Since Chung Yeung Festival in 2020 falls on a Sunday, the day following it is designated as a general holiday in substitution." 


OFWs told to avoid KAPA ‘scam’

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By Daisy CL Mandap



Labor Attache Jalilo dela Torre has issued a stern warning to Filipino migrant workers in Hong Kong against putting in money on KAPA Worldwide Ministry, in the wake of the government’s move to stop its operations.

Labatt asks, 'Hindi pa ba kayong nagsawang magpaloko?'
Labatt dela Torre said in his post earlier today, May 24: “If it’s too good to be true, it’s most probably a scam. The KAPA is one such example. The Securities and Exchange Commision has already warned the public about KAPA and yet many OFWs still fall for it. For God’s sake, hindi pa ba kayo nagsawang magpaloko?
He then added, obviously in frustration: “Sabagay kung marami kang perang naipon at gusto mong lustayin sa isang scam, sige magsawa ka.”

KAPA, which also goes by the names KAPA Kabus Padatuon (Enrich the Poor), KAPA/ KAPPA (Kabus Padutoon), and KAPA-Co Convenience Store and General Merchandise, was stripped of its registration by the SEC on April 3 this year for “serious misrepresentation on what it can do or is doing to the prejudice and damage of the public.”
The en banc decision said the revocation of KAPA’s certificate of incorporation was due to its act of offering and selling investments in the guise of donations without the necessary license and in a manner resembling a Ponzi scheme, otherwise known as “pyramiding”.

But in spite of the SEC decision, many Filipinos, including those working abroad, appear determined to keep putting money into the organization, which despite claiming to be a religious group, does not have churches, only offices and companies.
And it’s all because, as in previous other scams which victimized hundreds of OFWs in Hong Kong like Emgoldex, the promised return is exceedingly high. In the case of KAPA, “donors” are promised no less than 30% interest monthly.

KAPA founder Apolinario promises monthly 'blessings'
of at least 30% of the 'donation'
One commenter who was obviously displeased by Dela Torre’s post said: “Ewan ko ba kung bakit may mga kapwa tayong mga Filipino na hinde masaya na umunlad tayo lahat..kaya walang asenso ang Pilipinas kasi sa mga taong sakim at gusto sila lang ang yayaman or guminhawa ang buhay. Kung scammer yong founder nila bakit hindi nyo po ipahuli sa pulis at kasuhan? 3 million na po ang member ng KAPA pero ni isa sa kanila walang nagreklamo na SCAM sir.”
According to its website, www.kapamilyonaryo.com, KAPA which means “Kadatu Ang Padulngan Apil Komunidad” or “On the way to getting rich, along with the community,” was founded two years ago by Joel A. Apolinario, who claims to be a pastor.

Those who want to become members must donate money directly to Apolinario “for the propagation of religious faith, establishment of livelihood programs for the benefit of its members.”
The minimum donation is Php5,000 and the maximum is Php1million. In exchange, a “donor” is guaranteed a minimum monthly “love gifts” or blessings of 30% of the donated amount.

“The more you give, the more you receive,” says its website, adding that the amount of the interest or “blessing” is the prerogative of the founder.

Specially targeted are overseas Filipino workers, who are urged to send their donations to trusted “sponsors” who will transact in their stead at Kapa offices. “In one year or two years mong hindi kukunin ang Monthly Blessings mo... pwede kana mag for good dito sa Pinas kasama ang Family mo,” said the website.
What is not made clear is how Apolinario intends to make enough to pay back the hefty interest that he promises to members, except perhaps from the additional donations he expect to keep pouring in.

Although there are pictures of businesses he and his wife are supposed to be invested in, even a picture of a helicopter he’s said to have bought from the donations, there is no mention of any livelihood or religious project that has been set up for the group.

Neither is there an accountability to anyone, including the government. The site says it is tax-exempt as it is a religious organization.

Despite the scrapping of its SEC registration, KAPA continues to operate 18 offices across the country, all of them in Mindanao, except one, which is located in Taytay, Rizal.

More interestingly, no one has been arrested over the presumed scam. Neither has anyone come out publicly to complain about having lost money in KAPA.

This is presumably because the investments are still pouring in, or knowing that they were asked for a donation, the members know there is a possibility they will not get back anything in return.

But there could be another reason. A report published in Mindanews on May 22 said that among those who put money in KAPA and other illegal investment schemes in the region are ranking officials and members of the Philippine National Police.

The report quoted Brig. Gen Eliseo Tam Rasco, regional director of the Police Regional office-12,  as saying: “According to our estimates, billions of pesos have been lost to these fraudulent investment schemes. The numbers keep on rising as of this moment.”

While reports of those being scammed keep coming in, Rasco said many people are still lining up everyday to cash in, obviously eager to take advantage of the windfall, knowing that the pyramid could collapse at any time.
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Simple at matipid pero masarap at masustansiya

Posted on 24 May 2019 No comments


Hindi kailangang gumastos ng malaki para makapagluto ng mga masarap at masustansiyang ulam. Kailangan lang na siguraduhin na mura pero sariwa ang mga sangkap na ginagamit. Sa mga nakatira malapit sa palengke, masisiguro ito kung mamimili bandang alas sais ng hapon, ilang minuto bago magsara ang mga tindahan, at gusto na lang nilang maubos ang kanilang mga natirang paninda kaya ibinibigay ng hamak na mas mura sa presyo nito sa umaga. Hindi naman ibig sabihin nito na hindi na sariwa ang mga paninda, dahil kadalasan ay tambak pa rin ang mga ito, lalo na ang mga gulay.

Sa North Point market, halimbawa, umaabot sa tatlong tumpok ng mga sariwang gulay ang ibinebenta ng paubos sa halagang $10 lang. Sa mga namamasukan, pakiusapan lang ang inyong amo na payagan kayong mamalengke sa hapon imbes na umaga dahil siguradong malaki ang matitipid ninyo sa inyong pamalengke.

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Kabilang sa mga di hamak na murang bilhin sa palengke kaysa sa mga grocery ang itlog, dahil marami sa may pwesto ang nagbebenta ng tig-$1 lang ang bawat isa nito, kumpara sa doble nitong presyo sa ParkNShop o Wellcome. Sa Kaibo, mas makakamura pa kung dalawa o tatlong dosenang itlog ang bibilhin agad. Pero huwag ding kakalimutan na tingnan ang mga presyo sa supermarket dahil minsan ay mas mura ang mga tinda dito dahil bulto kung bumili sila, katulad ng cherries, ubas at pati mangga galing sa Pilipinas.


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Pagdating naman sa simple ngunit mabilis lutuin na ulam, mas maigi kung laging may nakatagong mga sangkap katulad ng harina, lemon, chicken powder, oyster sauce, at brown sugar, bukod siyempre sa mantika, toyo, suka, bawang, sibuyas at luya. Ito ang kadalasang ginagamit para sa mga stir-fry o steamed na gulay, karne o isda.

Heto ang ilan sa mga paboritong iluto ni “Bechay Kikay,” isa sa mga aktibong miyembro ng Domestic Workers Corner, lalo na ang Facebook page nito na “It’s All About Food.”


Fishball Curry

Sangkap
1 pakete ng fishball
Toyo
Brown sugar
Durog na paminta
cornstarch
chicken powder
mantika
sibuyas
1 lata gata, (165 ml)
2 ½ kutsaritang curry powder
2 pirasong patatas, diced
1 maliit na pirasong luya, ginayat
bawang

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Pamamaraan:
1. Hugasan ang mga fishball at tanggalin ang sobrang tubig
2. Ibabad ang fishball sa toyo, asukal, paminta, cornstarch, chicken powder at mantika, bago itabi.
3. Maggisa ng sibuyas at ihalo ang gata mula sa lata. Ihalo ang curry powder at haluing maigi.
4. Iprito ang mga patatas hanggang maging brown ang kulay, bago itabi.
5. Igisa ang luya at bawang, bago ibuhos ang nakababad na fishball. Haluing maigi bago lagyan ng 3 hanggang 4 na tasang tubig.
6. Haluan ng kaunting toyo at asukal at hayaang kumulo sa mahinang apoy ng mga 15 minuto, o hanggang ang sabaw ay medyo lumapot.
7. Idagdag ang piniritong patatas at ihalong maigi. Isahog ang curry sauce at haluin muli. Pabayaang kumulo ng mga 5 minuto bago ihanda.
8. Budburan ng ginayat na spring onion bago ihapag sa mesa
(Maaring dagdagan ng asin o toyo kung hindi pa tama sa panlasa)


Sweet and Sour Fish Fillet

Sangkap
1 paketeng fish fillet
Puting sibuyas, ginayat
3 kulay na bell pepper
I tasang carrots, hiniwa ng maliliit
1 tasang pinya, hiniwa ng tig-1 inch
¼ tasang sabaw ng pinya
¼ tasang ketchup
1-2 kutsarang asukal
½ kutsaritang asin
½ kutsarang paminta
2 kutsarang cornstarch, na tinunaw sa ½ tasang tubig
Tempura powder o plain harina na tinimplahan ng paminta at asin
1-2 pirasong itlog, binate

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Pamamaraan:
1. Hugasan ang mga fish fillet at patuyuin gamit ang kitchen towel. Haplusin gamit ang asin at paminta. Hiwain sa 4 hanggang 6 na piraso.
2. Ilubog ang fish fillet sa harina (o tempura powder), tapos ay sa binating itlog, bago sa harina muli.
3. Iprito sa kumukulong mantika hanggang maging ginintuan ang kulay. Itabi.
4. Sa isang mangkok, paghaluin ang katas ng pinya, ketchup, asukal, paminta, asin, tinunaw na cornstarch, at pagkatapos ay itabi.
5. Igisa ang sibuyas, tapos ay ihalo ang carrots, bell pepper at saka pinya. Haluing maigi.
6. Ibuhos ang katas mula sa tinimplahang sabaw ng pinya at haluin hanggang lumapot ang sabaw.
7. Idagdag sa huli ang piniritong fish fillet (pwede din ang manok na pinirito ng bahagya). Ihalo ng dahan-dahan hanggang matakpan ng husto ang mga piraso ng isda.
8. Hanguin at ihapag.


Vegetable Dumplings

Sangkap:
¼ lb giniling na baboy
1 tali ng bokchoy (pechay)
2 piraso ng maliliit na pulang sibuyas
1 tangkay ng spring onion
5 butil ng bawang
Pamintang pino
1 kutsaritang chicken powder
Sesame oil,
Oyster sauce
Cooking oil
Brown sugar
Soy sauce
Water
Dumpling wrapper

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Pamamaraan:
1. Hiwain ng pino ang bokchoy, pulang sibuyas, spring onion at bawang. Haluin at dagdagan ng asukal, toyo, cornstarch, pepper powder, chicken powder, sesame oil, oyster sauce, oil at kaunting tubig.
2. Haluing maigi at ilagay sa refrigerator ng magdamag para makuha ng husto ang lasa ng pinagbabaran, at para mas madaling balutin
3. Bilutin gamit ang dumpling wrapper at iprito sa kumukulong mantika


Anchovies omelet

Sangkap:
Sariwang dilis na maliliit,
Repolyo, hiniwa ng medyo maliliit na piraso
carrots, hiniwa ng manipis, o kung pwede ay ginayat
spring onion
tinadtad na bawang
arina
1-2 pirasong itlog
asin at paminta
chicken powder
cornstarch

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Pamamaraan:
1. Tanggalin ang ulo ng mga dilis at patuyuin ang natirang piraso sa paper towel. Itabi.
2. Paghaluin ang mga ginayat na repolyo, carrots, spring onion, pulang sibuyas na maliliit, bawang, chicken powder, durog na paminta at cornstarch, oyster sauce at kaunting sesame oil
3. Ihalo ang dilis sa sangkap at ilagay sa refrigerator ng mga 30 minuto para manuot ang lasa.
4. Gamit ang ice cream scoop o maliit na tasa, salukin ang tinimplahang dilis at iprito sa kawali. Ihain habang mainit.


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