Our Desk | Policy versus Execution

Mid-November is historically the time for the year’s review and assessment and, in regard to Macau, for the government to announce the new policies to be enforced in the upcoming

Our Desk | Beef or no beef, that is the question

I was walking by a fast food chain the other day when my attention was caught by a drop-down banner hanging on the window, facing the street. The restaurant was

Our Desk | Social distancing amid mega events

Following the series of measures the Health Bureau has had in place since early this year to deter the spread of Covid-19, Macau residents have been heeding the call, attributing

Our Desk | Wear your mask, mind your own business

I support you and respect you when you wear a mask because you personally thought it through and decided that it was prudent to do so for various reasons, including

Our Desk | The Grand Prix of Ignorance

In less than a month, Macau will host the largest annual event in the city and one of the largest events in all of Asia – the Macau Grand Prix. Although

Our Desk | A not-so-golden week

The streets of Leal Senado leading up to the Ruins of St Paul have not been crowded for the past – at least – seven months, due to the city’s

Our Desk | The food discrimination chain

Do you eat blood? I mean any kind of edible blood, like the French and the Chinese do. Do you eat goose liver like the French, or pig liver like

Our Desk | Macau’s stranger things

In the past few days, strange and mysterious things have been happening in Macau which have not been mentioned. Over the last week, the Health Bureau (SSM) has issued five notifications

Our Desk | If feeding stray dogs means owning them, does regularly supporting New Yaohan mean owning it?

Last Wednesday, local pro-government paper Macao Daily News published a report depicting that local animal welfare groups were not happy with a claim by the Municipal Affairs Bureau on stray

Our Desk | On the continuous dismay of the vulnerable groups

Groups of migrant workers’ associations have expressed dismay over the newly approved employment agency bill, as the Times reported yesterday. These groups are the associations – representing a significant number of

Our Desk | European Union, a doomed cause

It is not the intention of this piece to either hurt someone’s feelings or provoke anyone. As an outsider to the European Union, I would like to share my experience

Our Desk | The Dead Artists Society – Part 2

For those unfamiliar with the first part of my opinion piece, I talked about an emerging artist-led movement which has the motto: “Support living artists, the dead ones don’t need

Our Desk | Chill. Congestions mean wealth

Over the past several weekends, the main residential areas of the Peninsula, spanning from the Reservoir and the Guia Hill – along the several major roads – to Fai Chi

Our Desk | No more expensive second-hand furniture, go to Ikea.cn

Are you shocked by how much money furniture owners ask for their unwanted items? Are you tired of the uniform furniture that real estate agencies put in your rental apartment?

Our Desk | Manners maketh man (person)

Preamble: Using the word “man” at the (near) end of the title in no way signifies my approval of referring to all of humankind with one single gender. Apart from Colin

Our Desk | The opportunities in #quaranfood

The outbreak of the global pandemic felt in Macau during the last weeks of January has brought forth several changes which many now consider the new normal. Covid-19 has driven life

Our Desk | The human pets

At times when slavery is once again put to discussion and several movements, some more or less anarchic, others more or less organized, try to highlight it in the easiest

Our Desk | Is food a personal preference?

This question crossed my mind when I came across this social media post debating about food the other day. Memory is vague now but I still have that image in my

Our Desk | Way back home it is

At least three repatriation flights will occur between now and the end of the month, with companies sponsoring charter flights for dismissed workers. Recently, the terms “dismissed” or “lay off” aren’t

Our Desk | Fun Mandarin 3: Jiàn Pán Xiá (Keyboard Man)

As with all my previous opinion pieces, what follows is solely to provide entertainment. Today marks the third installment of the Fun Mandarin series. The highlight of today’s column will be

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