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  • Aug 22, 2014
  • Updated: 2:24pm


Guess who's coming to dinner

In many parts of the world, dinner parties are a time-honoured tradition. Self-respecting men and women open up their homes to regale friends with home-cooked food and stimulating conversation.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 9:57am

Love at first bite: the recipe for raising young epicureans

Four-year-old Rico Bishop has already sampled sheep brains and Italian deep-fried rabbit spleen. What's more, he enjoyed them.

24 May 2013 - 1:12pm

Hong Kong could learn to be more gracious towards mainland visitors

The large number of mainland shoppers has disrupted the daily life of Hong Kong citizens. Prices have gone up, essentials are sometimes out of stock or reserved for mainland visitors, and locals are slighted by some shops that cater to the big spenders from the north. Shopping areas have become more crowded while the behaviour of visitors is not always in line with the norms here.

27 Feb 2013 - 4:55am 7 comments

Social etiquette a global problem

In recent years, the negativity between Hong Kong locals and mainlanders has been disheartening. The most discussed issue is the distasteful and unpleasant behaviour of mainlanders when travelling to Hong Kong.

24 Feb 2013 - 1:50am

Road Test: Institute of Etiquette

It was with some trepidation that I introduced Francesca, my nine-year-old daughter, to Kristine Stewart, director of the Hong Kong Institute of Etiquette, for her 2½-hour dining lesson at Chez Patrick restaurant in Wan Chai. 

24 Feb 2013 - 4:04pm

Up close and personal: eating out with children

It's not something I like to admit, but in my years BC (Before Child) I was one of those people you find in restaurants or cafes who visibly bristle when young children are seated close by.

27 Jan 2013 - 3:29pm

Class action: good manners

This summer is the first time I have looked after groups of my daughter's friends. I have been disappointed to see how few children bother to say "please" or "thank you". How can I help my five-year-old daughter develop good manners?

1 Sep 2012 - 4:42pm

An open mind at Sino Hotels

Sunny Lai Chun-sing (left), a management trainee at Sino Group of Hotels, has a keen interest in the hospitality industry. He believes that in order to enhance his professional skills, he must conduct continuous on-the-job practice and learn to communicate effectively. He talks to Wong Yat-hei

What degree do you have?

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


Where has all the politeness gone?

A few days ago I took the MTR to Sham Shui Po. On the train I saw an old woman standing and no one was offering her a seat. After a while a child stood up for the old woman. But his mother forced him to sit down and punished him.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Hotel mission is Ozo simple

Onyx Hospitality Group, a Thai-based hotels and properties developer and operator with over 40 years' experience, has selected Hong Kong for the launch of its brand, Ozo, an extension of the group's hotel portfolio which includes the Saffron and Amari chains.

2 Jun 2012 - 12:00am