PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 February, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 February, 2004, 12:00am

Cosmetic surgery

I refer to the letter headlined 'Love your - original - self' (Sunday Morning Post, February 8).

Everyone wants to be beautiful. You spend time on appearance before you go to work or school and you put on your best suit when you go to a party. For the same reason, ugly people undergo cosmetic surgery.

So what that it is not their original appearance. Wanting to look more attractive is human nature. Those who have often had plastic surgery say they become happier and more outgoing.

They can get a better paid job, too. Let's face it. A boss choosing between two people with similar abilities will take the one who looks better.

There is no denying that inner beauty is more important than outer beauty. But without outer beauty, who will bother to look at your inner beauty?

ALKANE WONG, Mei Foo Sun Chuen

Expat living

When you ask what can be improved about living in Hong Kong ('Expat living'), I must relate my struggle with Goodwell Property Management, which runs the Laguna Verde Residents' Club where I live in Hunghom.

Only in Hong Kong would one need to fight building management to enforce a no-smoking ban in the toilets of a spa area. It finally put up signs, broadcasts no-smoking messages and patrols the toilets - and still members try to sneak a cigarette. And only in Hong Kong would a residents' club need to put up the sign: 'Hair dryers are for use in drying hair only'. For the sake of decency I will not relate the uses some have found for these dryers. For all Hong Kong's strengths, common sense and courtesy are sometimes in short supply.


Unfair suggestion

I write to express my deep reservations about an aspect of the article 'Seeing red over directory's blue tone' (February 8). I refer to the comment by Choi Chi-sum, of the Society for Truth and Light, that the ads 'give the impression that Hong Kong, like other Southeast Asian countries, is using prostitution to appeal to foreigners'.

I lived in Southeast Asia for more than 20 years and at no time did I stumble upon any country's campaign or promotion using prostitutes as an attraction to foreigners - even though prostitution may be a problem in some, not all, countries. The suggestion is unfair.