Dandy & Dapper
My husband would never admit it, but he's a closet metrosexual and I know he'd love a discreet place to go at lunchtime for treatments. As his birthday approaches, my question for you is: what is the best men's spa near his office in Central where he could sneak in and out for pampering without being gone for too long?
Mr Dapper: I wouldn't even begin to know where to find a men's spa.
Mr Dandy: Oh please. I bet you sneak in a lunchtime massage every so often. You're just so old school, you don't want to admit it. There are tons of spas around Central and, these days, they're probably the same places the wives frequent, though the spaces are divided for men and women. The Spa at The Four Seasons (Central, tel: 3196 8900) offers a snappy one-hour grooming session called the Metro Groom, which involves a purifying oxygen facial and a manicure and pedicure (HK$2,050 mid-week; HK$2,250 on weekends). It's brilliant because he'll have not one, but two therapists, thereby getting more done in less time. Gentlemen's Tonic (The Landmark, Central, tel: 2525 2455) offers massages, shaving and hair removal, hand and foot treatments, facials and hair styling, too. It sells vouchers for 'bespoke' packages, so you can pick and choose for him from the menu on its website: www.gentlemenstonic.com. For example, it offers 30-minute versions of its express facial (HK$500), as well as many of its massages (HK$400 to HK$650). You can nip into The Oriental Spa, at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental hotel (15 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2132 0011) pretty well unnoticed, from different entrances, and even pretend you're on your way to Amber or the MO Bar instead. Check out its membership packages and treatment prices at: www.mandarinoriental.com/landmark.
I have two bags of clothes I want to donate. Any idea where I can do that?
Mr Dapper: I just don't find myself with enough excess in my life these days to need this kind of resource any more. However, in the past, I believe we'd just donate used clothing at our local church or the usual charities. Organisations such as Oxfam (www.oxfam.org.hk) and the Salvation Army (www.salvation.org.hk) will happily accept your unwanted clothes. At St John's Cathedral, there is the Castaways Charity Shop, where they receive and sell second-hand clothing, shoes and bags (4 Garden Road, Central, tel: 2523 4157). Be sure to contact them for collection times and places, or you might find yourself taking those two bags for an unintended tour of Hong Kong or, worse, dumping them in frustration. Once you're done, I suggest you take a long, hard look at your general consumption and consider how much you really need.
Mr Dandy: Well, it's simple, if you go to the usual guys, and any charitable act is great, but I like to find smaller, locally based places- just like the way I shop! I'm really into environmental causes, so it was good to see Friends of the Earth has a used-clothes programme, with collection points all over Hong Kong (www.foe.org.hk). I also like what St Barnabas' Society and Home does. It started out helping the homeless and now reaches out to even more people who have been labelled outcasts because of problems such as addiction or mental illness. It also redistributes used clothing and other stuff (www.sbsh.org.hk). I also found a few others you might like: Crossroads International (www.crossroads.org.hk); Christian Action (www.christian-action.org.hk) and the Community Used Clothes Recycling Bank Scheme, which is co-ordinated by the Home Affairs Department (www.had.gov.hk).