Plant a Pencil

Instead of chewing your pencil tops, or throwing the useless stubs away, plant them and reap a harvest of edible plants such as basil, parsley and even tomatoes. Varsity shows you how with Sprout, a pencil with a seed capsule.

Flavours of Yesteryear

Hong Kong is a city where development constantly changes the physical landscape and where fashions quickly come and go. But Hongkongers are a nostalgic lot. Now, in the heart of our city, there is a restaurant re-creating the demolished Lai Yuen Amusement Park.

Fast forward through Life

An interactive game speeds you through life and into a coffin, all so you can reflect on the present.

The Grounding of Hong Kong’s Kites

Kites - inexpensive to buy or make and fun to fly - were once a familiar sight above the rooftops of urban Hong Kong. But as the city's skyline grew higher and regulations to protect air traffic were introduced, they began to disappear from the city's skies. Varsity looks at Hong Kong's kite-flying culture and talks to those who are still holding on to this aspect of our collective memory.

It Takes Two to Lingo

Varsity checks out a free mobile app that puts the fun back into learning a foreign language.

Enjoy Outdoor Fun Inside

Hong Kong may have been battered by hail this spring, but snow remains a fantasy in our sub-tropical climate. Still, help is on hand for those who want to practice their skiing. Play is a massive indoor sports centre that offers dry slope skiing and snowboarding, as well as baseball and softball.

Light of the Party

Light up the party this holiday season with a sound-activated t-shirt that flashes to the beat.

Same Same but Different

It seems fun to be a twin, but then there's the endless comparision, and poor families find it hard to support an additional child. Varsity speaks with twins of different ages to hear their stories.

Islamic Culture in Hong Kong

Text: Liz Yuen, Gienne Lee and Krizto Chan Photos: Liz Yuen, Samuel Chan, Elizabeth Cheung

Temples Get a Makeover

Some of Hong Kong's temples have swapped dark smoky interiors for clean marble, LED lights and airy glass walls. They want to provide a tranquil setting for spiritual reflection but devotees seem to have mixed feelings about worship in these modern shrines.