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Celeb tutors

Despite their huge posters in shopping centres and bus shelters, they are not film stars or supermodels. They are the “tutor kings and queens” in Hong Kong, those super teachers … Continue reading

10/10/2013 · Leave a comment

Teen curfew

A regulation requiring people to remain indoors between specified hours, typically at night. What it was a regulation usually  issued during a war or a period of political trouble is … Continue reading

04/03/2013 · Leave a comment


Hurting or frightening someone who is smaller or less powerful than you, often forcing them to do something they do not want to do. “My experiences with violence in schools … Continue reading

01/03/2013 · Leave a comment


The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. (Oxford Dictionary) The act of going out of your way to be nice to someone or show a person you care, something that apparently does … Continue reading

09/01/2013 · Leave a comment

Tech Savvy

Confident and knowledgeable in using technology. Last Monday, texting turned 20. It was that day when the engineer Neil Papworth sent the first text message from his computer to a  mobile … Continue reading

07/12/2012 · Leave a comment


As a noun (pl solos or soli), a musical composition, song or dance for a single performer. As an adverb, without a companion; alone. As an adjective, being done or … Continue reading

27/01/2012 · Leave a comment