Lunar New Year Discount MTR Fares on 9-10 February

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Travel this Lunar New Year is cheaper as the MTR reduce fares. On the 9 and 10 February adult Octopus holders will enjoy child concessionary fares and holders of other octopus card will pay just $1 per journey.

Other existing MTR discounts such as the Interchange Discount, the Fare Saver Discount and the 25% discount for connecting journeys with the Monthly Pass Extra etc will still function – unless the resulting fare is $0. There are no completely free trips.

The main exclusions for the discounted Lunar New Year travel are the Airport Express, MTR Feeder Bus, journeys to or from Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau stations and East Rail Line First Class Premium.

Full Terms and Conditions here: http://www.mtr.com.hk/en/customer/main/cny_festive_discount_2016.html

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Hong Kong at the Asia Cup 2016

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The Asian Cricket Council is holding the Asia Cup 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 24th February to 6th March 2016. The 13th edition of the Asia Cup will be the first played using the T20 format.

Hong Kong made their first appearance in the tournament in 2004 and reached the group stages in the 2004 and 2008 tournaments.

Along with hosts Bangladesh and Asia Cup 2014 winners Sri Lanka, the tournament will include Pakistan, India and a qualifier. The qualifier will be determined through a qualifying round (T20I) scheduled to be played from 19th to 22nd February 2016 in Bangladesh.

Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Oman and UAE will compete in the qualifying round. The winner of qualifier will move to main round to play against the four Asian Test playing nations.

Qualifier Match Schedule
Venue: KSOAS, Fatullah
Format: 20 overs a side

Hong Kong v Oman
Date: 19 February 2016
HK Time: 8pm

Hong Kong v UAE
Date: 21 February 2016
HK Time: 8pm

Hong Kong v Afghanistan
Date: 22 February 2016
HK Time: 8pm

Hong Kong Squad
Tanwir Afzal (Captain), Adil Mehmood, Aizaz Khan, Anshuman Rath, Babar Hayat, Christopher Carter, Haseeb Amjad, Kinchit Shah, Mark Chapman, Nadeem Ahmed, Ninad Shah, Nizakat Khan, Tanveer Ahmed, Waqas Barkat, Waqas Khan.

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Megabites: BrewDog, Butchers Club, Khana Khazana

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BrewDog
Craft beer brewery BrewDog opens it’s second bar in Asia on the 4 February at 19 Hollywood Road, Central. The bar is the 45th for this fast expanding brewery which only tapped it’s first pint in 2007. BrewDog UK staff Neil and Lucy, in town to supervise the opening, are passionate craft beer advocates and the ethos of producing quality beers has – taste them yourself to see if you agree or not – survived the rapid scaling of volumes over the last eight years.

BrewDog Hong Kong has 14 beers on draft including regulars like their signatures Punk IPA (5.4%), Elvis Juice (6.7%) Jackhammer (7.2%) and experimentals like the delicious AB:19 (13.1%). The beers are served in UK pint, 2/3 pint, half pint and 1/3 pint glasses. A UK pint is 568ml compared to an American ‘pint’ which is 473ml and a Hong Kong ‘pint’ which can be as small as 335-385ml. When asked why the different serving sizes… it’s about keeping the quality of the beer. A customer won’t drink a glass of AB:19 at 13.1% in the same way as they’ll drink a pint of Punk…

There’s a range of food including delicious french dip sandwiches, lamb cheese fondue, jalapeno cheese bread and glazed donuts to be enjoyed with your beer.
BrewDog: 19 Hollywood Road, Central. Tel: 2219 9905 www.facebook.com/BrewDogHK

Fei Jai Burger

Fei Jai Burger
For Chinese New Year The Butchers Club have a new option on their ‘secret menu’ the Fei Jai burger. Stacked inside a classic pineapple bun the ‘Fei Jai’ consists of a five-spice pork belly burger patty with a char siu glaze, seared luncheon meat, a crispy wonton, Chinese cabbage and coriander salad, spring onion mayo and a fried egg.

A veritable feast of Hong Kong flavours the pineapple bun holds together well as a burger bun, for health safety reasons pork has to be cooked longer than beef so the meat comes out a little drier than a traditional beef patty but the fried egg and the mayo lubricate the burger well. Luncheon meat and wontons are not what you’d expect to find in a burger but the crispyness and flavour add well to create a unique and delicious burger.

The Fei Jai burger ($88) is available until the 10th February at all three The Butchers Club Burgers outlets – Wanchai, Central and K11 in TST. www.thebutchers.club

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Eat What You Want, Pay What You Want
Khana Khazana’s unique Chinese New Year “Eat What You Want, Pay What You Want” buffet promotion returns for the seventh year. Every Monday evening in February from 6-10pm the Wanchai Indian Vegetarian restaurant dinner buffet allows customers to pay what they want for the buffet via an empty red packet included with the bill. Drinks are not included and must be paid for in full. The buffet includes dishes like sprout bean salad, boondi raita, meduwada, pakoda, hariyali kebab, paneer butter masala, jeera aloo, dal punjabi, sevian kheer and roti’s and naan are served at the table.
Khana Khazana: 1/F, Dannies House, 20 Luard Road, Wanchai. Tel: 81081070 www.khanakhazana.com.hk

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BrewDog Equity Punks Night – 3 February 2016

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BrewDog invited its Equity Punks to a first night tasting of fine craft beers brewed in Aberdeen, Scotland. There are 14 craft beers on tap ranging from the globally popular Punk IPA (5.4%) to the sublime experimental AB:19 (13.1%).
Click on any image for the full gallery.
Brewdog: 19 Hollywood Road, Central.

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Brewdog beer board – served in proper English pint, 2/3 pint, half pint and 1/3 pint measures.

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Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Team Ranked 23 in the World

Hong Kong Women ranked 23

Hong Kong Women ranked 23, one place above China, in the world as World Rugby introduces a ranking system for women’s game for the first time. New Zealand are ranked no1, Hong Kong are the third ranked team in Asia behind Kazakhstan (16) and Japan (17).
http://www.worldrugby.org/rankings#wru

The rankings were introduced after obtaining and analysing every result from the first official women’s international matches dating back to 1987 and are based on the same criteria as the men’s rankings.

The new system, which came into effect at the start of the February 2016, will be a weighted system with the number of points available to the winning team proportional to the difference in ranking points between the teams prior to the match.

Hong Kong’s men are also ranked 23, second in Asia behind Japan who are 10th. China are 69th.
http://www.worldrugby.org/rankings#mru 

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HK Cricket Match Reports: Women’s Premier League – 31st January 2016

Women’s Premier League - 31st January 2016

Women’s Premier League – 31st January 2016

The inaugural match of the Women’s Premier League was played as a curtain raiser to the second T20 International between Hong Kong and Scotland at Mission Road. Featuring two teams of the best women’s players in Hong Kong, the Women’s Premier League will involve three matches played over the T20 format.

In the first match, HKCA Bauhinia (Red) defeated HKCA Sail (Blue) by 38 runs.

HKCA Bauhinia batted first and they scored 2/119 from their 20 overs with Natural Yip finishing on 54 not out and skipper Mariko Hill unbeaten on 26 not out. The pair added 71-runs in an unbroken third wicket partnership spanning ten overs.

Women’s Premier League - 31st January 2016

In reply, HKCA Sail started well with 27 runs coming from the opening partnership but once that stand was broken, wickets tumbled regularly and the women in blue were eventually dismissed for 81 in the 18th over. Top scorer was Keenu Gill with 26 while Kary Chan was the only other Sail batter to reach double figures. Mariko Hill was the best bowler on the day, picking up 2/9 from 2.5 overs.

At Mission Road: HKCA Bauhinia 2/119 from 20 overs beat HKCA Sail 81 from 17.5 overs by 38 runs.

The next match in the Women’s Premier League Series will be played at Mission Road on Sunday, 7th February starting at 1PM.

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HK Cricket Match Reports: Sunday 31 January, 2016

Sunday Championship – 31st January 2016

HKCC Scorpions v DLSWCC JKN
At Hong Kong Cricket Club, a good all-round performance by HKCC Scorpions saw them score a bonus point victory over DLSWCC JKN.

The HKCC Scorpions’ skipper Matt Rafter chose to bat first after winning the toss but he lost his opener David Varley early. A 96-run stand between Charlie Bright (47) and Scott McKechnie (47) lifted the score to 2/99 at which stage James Redmayne joined the fray. Redmayne batted brilliantly for 109 runs as HKCC Scorpions eventually reached 7/270 from their 50 overs.

The DLSW JKN innings got off to a poor start, as they lost Hong Kong internationals Anas Khan and Waqas Khan with only 26 runs on the board. A fine 101-run partnership for the third wicket between Hiren Patel (60) and Ehsan Khan (87) got them to 3/127 but once their stand was broken, the innings folded dramatically and they were all out for 183. No less than five DLSWCC JKN batsmen recorded ducks. Raag Kapur was the bowler who did most damage with figures of 4/34 from his ten over spell.
At HKCC: HKCC Scorpions 7/270 from 50 overs beat DLSWCC JKN 183 from 44.1 overs by 87 runs.

KCC Templars v Headwin Tritons SLCC
At Kowloon Cricket Club, hosts KCC Templars thrashed Headwin Tritons SLCC by 193 runs.

Having been sent in by SLCC’s skipper, the Templars batsmen made merry to the tune of 5/301 from their 50 overs. The openers set the platform with a 53-run partnership while the second partnership added 58 and the third 115. The main contributors to Templars’ cause were Roy Lamsam with 40, Nigel Shroff with 64, Ryan Campbell 75 and Imran Arif who finished unbeaten on 38.

SLCC’s reply began poorly and they were soon reduced to 3/16 with Aditya Kanthan making two early strikes. Dan Pascoe got into the wickets as the middle order offered little resistance and the contest was all but over as SLCC slumped to 6/46. Azeez Butt tried to counter-attack with a rapid 42 but after his dismissal, the SLCC innings subsided quickly and they were eventually all out in the 30th over for 108. Kanthan finished with figures of 3/25 from ten overs while Pascoe picked up 5/59 from nine overs.
At KCC: KCC Templars 5/301 from 50 overs beat Headwin Tritons SLCC 108 from 30 overs by 193 runs.

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