Frugality not a word in civil service lexicon

Mooncakes come at a cost

Yes, there is an iceberg, as some legislators suspect. The tip we are now seeing exposes the nauseating extravagance of former ICAC commissioner Timothy Tong Hin-ming at taxpayers' expense. The iceberg runs deep. But what lies underneath doesn't solely represent Tong's misdeeds. It represents the entrenched culture of extravagance that contaminates our entire civil service.

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Model advice delivered on male grooming

When Men's Skin Centres was launched 17 years ago it was one of the few resources for men who were interested in grooming, hair care and body shaping. Last week saw the opening of its first dedicated Men's Total Grooming Store in Central, at L Place.

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

Chau flaunts his game - and grooming tips

Canto-pop idol and former professional basketball player Chau Pak-ho might look like a regular guy next door, but it seems he's put some thought into maintaining his pretty boy look.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Always room for improvement

When you have spent 30 years in one field, you are considered to be something of a veteran. But Aouda Tam, director of housekeeping at the InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, where she has worked since its 1981 opening, approaches each day with the mindset of a newcomer.

15 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Everything about you should be coming up roses


Personal grooming is all about looking and smelling your best. This involves paying attention to personal hygiene and your appearance, such as the way you dress and how your hair looks. These send signals to others about what you are like as a person.

9 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

HK$28 will be a stretch, employer says

While some employers believe workers should be able to earn more, they are unhappy about having to shell out HK$28 an hour for their staff.

They were reacting after the Provisional Minimum Wage Commission reached a consensus on the city's first minimum wage, which is understood to have been set at HK$28 an hour.

31 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Every home should have one

Plug it in!

We all have electrical appliances at home which we plug in, switch on and leave to do jobs that make life easier. Where would we be without the washing machine?

What functions do the following appliances have?

1 a blender ...

a. is used in the kitchen for turning solid ingredients into smooth pastes

12 May 2010 - 12:00am

Bright young minds put 'bio-homes' in the spotlight with eco-friendly inventions

Ultrasonic dishwashers and wind-catching devices were among eco-friendly innovations young inventors from a university pitched to an international audience at the Hong Kong Houseware Fair yesterday.

21 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Union to seek Exco help over cleaners' pay

A cleaners' union plans to petition Executive Council convenor Leung Chun-ying to demand he arrange a meeting with the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department to discuss its controversial outsourcing policy.

26 May 2008 - 12:00am

Unionists voice doubts on courses for cleaners

The government is planning to introduce skills courses for cleaners in a bid to improve their job prospects and salaries.

But unionists said the scheme was more beneficial to semi-skilled workers than those at the lowest level.

7 May 2007 - 12:00am

Losing the clutter bug

TEN YEARS AGO, I left England carrying just one rucksack. Apart from a few items left in the care of family and friends, this rucksack contained all my worldly goods, pared to the minimum in the months before my departure. It was a liberating feeling to be heading into the unknown, without baggage, without job, without commitments and plans. I felt as light as a feather.

3 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Poor cleaning product labels risking lives, says watchdog

Children's lives are being endangered because the makers of household cleaning products are failing to provide adequate warnings on containers, the consumer watchdog claims.

A Consumer Council survey has found that vital information on the ingredients and their concentrations was not clearly labelled, making it difficult for doctors to treat people who had been poisoned.

14 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Two days without sleep: that's what cleaning up the South Stand is like

You may have overlooked them when you were partying and chugging beers in the South Stand, but the team of cleaners are worth their weight in, er, rubbish. Two female cleaners said they had not slept in the past two days because there was so much for them to clean up.

21 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

A dirty business

THE FLAT IS a sight to behold. Oil dribbles down kitchen walls, clothes are stacked knee-deep on the living room floor, and doors are covered in dust. Welcome to the world of a domestic cleaner.

'Don't worry about cleaning the doors, because they're clean,' the elderly occupant of the Tai Wo public housing flat tells Ann Wong Suet-chun.

11 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Entrepreneur cleans up as a pro in ... cleaning up

Marilyn Santiago was born into a world of privilege. But unlike many women of affluence, she deems herself so good at cleaning that she is teaching others the art of home management too.

14 Nov 2004 - 12:00am