LIFE | South China Morning Post
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  • Mar 29, 2015
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SCMP's Life section takes a broad view of culture and covers issues including the environment, community affairs and human interest stories. Mondays are dedicated to Fashion, Health and Education. Tuesdays focus on Fitness and Wellbeing, Arts and Entertainment, and Family. Fridays cover Food and Wine, Technology and Design and Luxury.  

Dog, cat and manga cafes: 5 of Hong Kong's quirkiest upstairs eateries

OnDogDog Cafe's twin malamutes. Photo: SCMP Pictures

If you're a fan of cats, or dogs, of board games or comics, or you've got a thing for cute food arrangements, there's a place for you beyond the high-rent monotony of street-level chains.

Thursday, 19 March, 2015, 11:15pm

Inking outside the box: how Hong Kong tattoo parlours are doing things differently

Guest tattooist Will Wallas handles tools at Star Crossed Tattoo in Tsim Sha Tsui. Click here to launch gallery. Photos Jonathan Wong

As demand for tattoos has risen in Hong Kong, so has the quality and variety of tattoo shops, with a new breed of studio popping up. We check out four of the best. 

26 Mar 2015 - 9:16am

Hong Kong Moms: the go-to Facebook page for tips on sex toys, nappy rash and life

Hong Kong Moms: the go-to Facebook page for tips on sex toys, nappy rash and life

You suspect your best friend's husband is having an affair. What's more, you're fretting about whether your own sex life and bedtime habits are 'normal'. So who do you ask?

16 Mar 2015 - 2:02pm

Peace be with you: 175 years of Islam in Hong Kong

Friday prayers at the Kowloon Mosque, in Tsim Sha Tsui. Photos: Bruce Yan; Stuart Heaver; David Wong

In an increasingly Islamophobic world, Hong Kong - with its 250,000 Muslim residents - is a rare example of peaceful cultural co-existence. Stuart Heaver charts the Islamic community's history in the city.

25 Feb 2015 - 2:12pm 9 comments

Living with the dead: the cemetery shacks of Phnom Penh

Doeum Sleng, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Thousands of Cambodia's most destitute have taken up residence in the capital city's cemeteries, turning them into makeshift villages that are breeding grounds for disease and abuse.

7 Feb 2015 - 10:25pm

Valentine's Day guide for singles: how to love yourself

Illustration: Bay Leung

You know who really needs some love this year? You do. So here's a guide to Valentine's Day in Hong Kong for the unattached.

5 Feb 2015 - 2:03pm

Beating Hong Kong's bad air: the best ways to defend your lungs from air pollution

Photo: AFP

Clean air in Hong Kong remains a long way off. From purifiers to a positive attitude, Angharad Hampshire explores the best defences currently available for our lungs.

4 Mar 2015 - 7:03pm 4 comments

WeChat becomes protest tool for Chinese in New York

Protesters mobilised through WeChat gather outside New York's City Hall in support of indicted policeman Peter Liang. Photo: Rong Xiaoqing

Messaging app WeChat is huge in the Chinese-speaking world, its 500 million active monthly users paying bills, posting news and chatting with friends via the platform.

In New York - the city with the largest Chinese population outside Asia - another activity can be added to that glorious list: organising a political protest.

28 Mar 2015 - 10:32pm

Dinner party rule No. 1 for Hong Kong expats: don't stand out

The Peninsula’s verandah was a popular social venue among expats in the 1930s. Photo: SCMP

In early colonial Hong Kong, polite society required expats to restrict their discussions – and their sobriety.

28 Mar 2015 - 10:32pm

Third Culture - where transient millennials can explore their roots

Harry Oram. Photo: Nora Tam

Idea is to help people who grew up outside their homeland find cultural identity, writes Sung Bale.

21 Mar 2015 - 10:57pm

From China's public-exam meritocracy to tutorial-college tsunami

"Megastar tutor" Richard Eng. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong’s tutorial-college industry has been built on the ruthless demand for good grades, regardless of character, writes Jason Wordie.

21 Mar 2015 - 10:40pm

Popmap out to be Hong Kong's one-stop online shop

Popmap out to be Hong Kong's one-stop online shop

A Hong Kong-based start-up provides an electronic platform on which local stores can picture, list and sell their products - then it delivers orders in as little as an hour.

21 Mar 2015 - 10:40pm

Interview: Frank Burbach swaps art of diplomacy for ... art

Frank Burbach. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Retired diplomat tells Shirley Lau about heading the German consulate in Hong Kong, having his flat bugged in communist Prague and his new career as an artist.

21 Mar 2015 - 10:40pm

The last bound-feet women of China - in photographs

An image from Jo Farrell's upcoming book shows the feet of Yang Jinge, 87. Photo: Jo Farrell

Hong Kong photographer Jo Farrell has tracked down some of China's last surviving women with bound feet for a book that will be launched next week in Hong Kong. 

18 Mar 2015 - 6:42am 5 comments

More apps on the way with opening up of government data

The government's Joey Lam says the data portal launching today will be a big improvement. Photo: Edmond So

Will Kwok Yu-ho co-developed an app that has been a boon to car drivers. His app, Spoken News, shows current conditions on Hong Knog roads and the nearest service station and car park with free spaces.

18 Mar 2015 - 6:20am