I went looking for a few cotton beach cover-ups for summer in that cute little Indian shop on Seymour Road. Disaster! It’s been replaced by a laundrette. Are there other affordable Indian shops in Hong Kong?
Kurti Off Guard, Mid-Levels

The Dictator rules: I’m not going to pretend to be an expert on Indian dress, so let’s agree to use kurtis, caftans and tunics as roughly interchangeable terms. First, some good news: you may now visit Aavishkar Designs on Conduit Road by appointment (tel: 9180 5182). The downside is that stock is rather depleted at the moment. But they plan to launch a new collection by early August. Are there other Indian clothing shops in Hong Kong? Well, South Asians arrived in Hong Kong along with the Brits, in the 1840s. Think about it. Wander around infamous Chungking Mansions, in Tsim Sha Tsui, where Nepal Fancy Emporium offers the best quality embroidered cotton kurtis (HK$290; tel: 2367 7144). Nearby, Mirador Mansion has Monica’s Enterprises (tel: 2368 4432), where plain white cotton kurtis go for as little as HK$150 while matching tunics and trousers can be custom-made for only HK$250 and up each in about 10 days. Cathay 88 is home to, among others, tiny Kanta Trading (from HK$250 to HK$550; 3/F, 125 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, tel: 6970 5313). For designer Indian fashion, there are, of course, Tabla (Prince’s Building, Central, tel: 2525 5590; www.tabla.hk) and Sanskrit (new store opening soon, tel: 2545 2088; www.sanskrit.com.hk). 


My daughter is obsessed with neon. Ever since a friend in the United States did the Neon Splash Dash (www.neonsplashdash.com), she’s wanted to do something similar for her birthday party. I’m at a total loss since the website doesn’t tell you where to buy the “glow water”.
Glow of Youth, Stanley

The Dictator: You plan to splash glow-in-the-dark chemicals on a bunch of minors then ask them to run around in the dark? Sounds awesome. Seriously, I do hope you run this by other parents in advance. Also be aware that “neon” and “fluorescent” don’t always mean glow-in-the-dark. Try locally based May’s (7/F, JD Mall, 233 Nathan Road, Jordan, tel: 2369 8789; www.mymakeupunited.com). It carries a number of neon and UV light-activated products by brands such as Kryolan (HK$128 and up) and Fardel (HK$98 and up). Online, head to www.wolfefx.com to order its Make-Up Stix in Blacklight Colors, a set of six, non-toxic face-painting crayons that wash off with soap and water. Or try sillyfarm.com, which has an impressive range of UV lightactivated products for face, body and hair (HK$23 and up). Glow in the Dark Body Paint Kit (HK$93), from bewild.com, comes in four colours that respond to UV or black light and are non-toxic. I’d also provide each kid with a white T-shirt from the likes of H&M (68 Queen’s Road Central, tel: 2110 9546) or Cotton On (2 D’Aguilar Street, Central, tel: 2537 4267) since they are bound to get the paint on, well, everything.



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