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Snakes with ladders

In the weeks leading up to the typhoon season last autumn, I had a series of unexpected visitors. They all looked gravely at the roof of my 20-year-old home. Then they all looked gravely at me. Did I know typhoon season was coming?

Saturday, 16 July, 2005, 12:00am

Seascape

42 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam

Age: 26 years

Size: 2,172 sq ft

Layout: three bedrooms

For sale: $28 million

Agent: Landscope Surveyors

6 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

The single issue

In the wake of the Housing Department's announcement of its plan to tighten young singletons' eligibility for public housing, a woman in her early 20s and now living with her family told television news that she had applied to have her own unit because she could not stand living with her parents and siblings.

26 May 2005 - 12:00am

Vacuum cleaners

The product: Electrolux Oxygen

(www.electrolux.com.hk)

The puff: 'Oxygen will give you the freshest, cleanest home possible - right down to the air you breathe.'

The look: Fire ant crossed with an anaconda.

20 May 2005 - 12:00am

War and peace

Many hotels distinguish themselves by the quality of sleep guests enjoy. The 'bed wars' among five-star hotels are prompting strategic advances in the coil- and thread-counts of mattresses and bedding. This explains why guests are taking home not only good memories but also the mattresses, sheets and pillow cases that enhance their stay. Enter Anichini, which is famed for

8 May 2005 - 12:00am

Many more singles join queue for public flats

Growing number of young applicants confounds housing officials struggling to cater for them

More young single people are applying for public flats, confounding previous assumptions about marriage, the formation of households and demand for subsidised housing.

25 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Single-minded

Perfect for Hong Kong homes with no room to move, Alberto Colonello's 'Single' cooking unit has everything including the kitchen sink. His first design for Italian kitchen and bathroom company Boffi (www.boffi.com), the unit can be freestanding or wall-mounted.

24 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

A NEW LIFE

From next week, you'll get even more out of Life: new sections, new ideas and more great reading. Everything from Film to Food, Health, Beauty, Home, Fashion, Style, Going Out, Travel and more. Don't miss it.

Next Saturday: People, Motoring and Living

5 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

In bed before dinner

The struggle by new restaurants and clubs to garner New York's buzz and nightlife dollar is as cutthroat as it comes. In the past couple of years we have seen the bar that has pretty girls as mermaids swimming in a fish tank, and a restaurant that allows you to watch through a one-way mirror your fellow diners while you are on the toilet (well, you hope the mirror is one way).

22 Jan 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

Cowering cockroach goes out with a bang

A woman who sprayed half a can of insecticide at a cockroach hiding behind her washing machine set off an explosion that blew windows out of her flat and injured her leg.

The plight of the 73-year-old woman has led to a warning against the use of aerosol sprays near electrical appliances that are running or while cooking.

6 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

A revolution in space

Discerning consumers are demanding products that reflect the philosophy that less is more

Maybe the minimalist design era has left a lasting impression, or perhaps it's a subconscious protest at the way the world is shrinking.

3 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Beautifying on a budget

Using a little imagination can be a lot more satisfying than shelling out loads of cash

You too can have a beautiful bedroom like those that beckon from the pages of a glossy magazine. It might require some imagination but not necessarily a big budget.

3 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Expert Advice

Q When I started collecting fine and antique carpets, the vendor swore they'd stand up to daily use, and that some wear and tear would even be good for them. Maybe my kids are rougher than hers. How do I get these sort of carpets cleaned?

WHAT THE EXPERT SAYS

3 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Tax break for buyers of courtyard homes

Capital sets new rules to save old architecture

People wanting to buy the capital's historical sihe yuan, or courtyard houses, have been offered tax concessions in an attempt to preserve the distinctive architecture.

21 Apr 2004 - 12:00am