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  • Aug 28, 2014
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Frugality not a word in civil service lexicon

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.

Wednesday, 1 May, 2013, 5:47am 1 comment

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