• Thu
  • Oct 2, 2014
  • Updated: 7:20am


Wants + Needs

River of dreams

Friday, 3 June, 2011, 12:00am

More bang for your bucks aboard a boat

If you want to make the most of the city's most sacred commodity, space, and have a sea view rather than one of someone's kitchen, then living aboard a boat could be just the ticket. And you will get more square feet for your dollar.

17 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Houseboats suit expats all at sea

Houseboat manufacturers offer design flexibility, broad design options, optimum luxury, and quality finishing and materials. And the style of living is ideal for people based for a short time in Hong Kong.

17 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

When in Amsterdam ...

Arriving in Amsterdam after a painfully long train journey from Germany, I encounter the usual dilemmas facing any traveller: Where do I go, what do I do and how do I escape the hordes of tourists to find an authentic local experience? Fortunately, I stumble on a service designed to answer these questions - perfect for anyone short on time but big on experience.

25 Jul 2007 - 12:00am


Monday, April 30: 2007 International Conference for Asia-Pacific Automotive Industry (until May 1). Hong Kong Asia World-Expo.

Thursday, May 3: Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce pre-annual general meeting press conference and AGM. HKCEC.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce evening: 'Houseboats: The alternative accommodation'. Kinwick Centre, Central.

28 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Rolling on the river

How do you get away from it all and reacquaint yourself with Mother Nature without leaving the big smoke too far behind? If you're in Sydney, you can't beat doing something that involves water. And if you have a few days to spare, the chicken soup for the soul solution is to hire a houseboat and head upriver to where the trees are green, the air fresh and the quiet deafening.

27 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

lofty ambitions

While the price of a two-bedroom, Manhattan-style loft on Hong Kong land may be out of the price range of most people, the price of a two-bedroom Manhattan-style loft on Hong Kong water may suddenly be within reach.

18 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

The best of both worlds

Local yacht-maker Bart Kimman's big dream is about to be realised. He's always loved living on the water but also fancies a high-ceiling New York-style loft. So he's combined the two. With architect Pierre Maciag, they designed something called the Loft Barge, a large steel houseboat with a 6-metre-high ceiling. He unveiled his grand plan at the Foreign Correspondents' Club on Friday.

12 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Ghosts of the Raj

Abdul Gaffar Daraz' houseboats in Kashmir are highly recommended. The visitor's book is bursting with praise for their comforts and the efforts of Jaffe, the cook.

But there is something a little odd about the entries. The handwriting is faded, the wording old-fashioned and a little stiff, and some of the signatures are double-barrelled.

9 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

European escapes for rich Romeos

FOR rich Romeos with a long weekend free to wine and dine the object of their affections, Europe is a most inviting escape.

Amsterdam is famous for its easy-going atmosphere, and most people there speak English. The city is small and centres on a network of canals adorned with colourful houseboats.

6 Feb 1994 - 12:00am