I wrote a regular column called Something New for the South China Morning Post’s Sunday Magazine. Each week, the column showcased an interesting event, product or initiative in Hong Kong. See a selection of the columns below.

Something new: a bird app in hand

It might be a concrete jungle but Hong Kong is home to more than 500 species of birds. Now, you can keep almost half of them in your pocket…

Something new: saving faces

Hong Kong’s concrete-box apartment blocks are a frequent subject of Daphne Mandel’s work. In one painting, elaborate scenes are detailed in miniature inside each apartment window

Something new: custom-blend coffee

It is a city where tailor-made clothes are not unusual, where macaroons are jetted in daily from France and where helicopters take off for Macau – 68 kilometres away – every half an hour.