LIFE | South China Morning Post
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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.  

'I'd rather live on the streets than in a filthy subdivided flat': action needed to tackle Hong Kong's homeless

Life under the Ferry Street flyover in Yau Ma Tei. Photo: Dickson Lee

For the past 16 years, 'home' for Leung Bing-kuen has been a couple of ratty mattresses under the Ferry Street flyover in Yau Ma Tei.

Tuesday, 6 January, 2015, 4:34pm 4 comments

How to choose a hydration pack

Salomon Advanced Skin S-Lab Hydro 12 hydration bag set. Photo: Nora Tam

Bryce Thatcher knows a thing or two about hydration packs - he invented them.

Back in the 1980s, he got fed up with running in the mountains with a water bottle jiggling around in his oversized backpack, and decided to do something about it.

5 Jan 2015 - 5:21pm

Runners give their views on hydration packs

Runners give their views on hydration packs

The long run pack: Ultimate Direction PB Adventure Vest 2.0

5 Jan 2015 - 5:21pm

Pang Ho-cheung's film Women Who Flirt adapts a Taiwanese dating manual

 Zhou Xun and Huang Xiaoming in a still from Women Who Flirt

Pang Ho-cheung's latest film, Women Who Flirt,is based on a book. It's not unusual for a director to do that. Yet the source material, Everyone Loves Tender Women, by Taiwanese author Luo Fu-man (aka Lover Man), is not a novel but a self-help manual of sorts.

6 Jan 2015 - 1:01pm

'Most envied' food blogger Mimi Thorisson on her Hong Kong childhood and new life in France

Mimi Thorisson and her five children.

The 40-year-old lives the life many people fantasise about - one afternoon she's chopping tomatoes in her farmhouse kitchen, on another she's plucking peaches from the garden...

6 Jan 2015 - 7:19pm

The value of a private maths tutor

The value of a private maths tutor

My son is falling behind in maths. I've tried to help him at home, but it always ends up in an argument. His teacher agrees that tuition would be a good idea, but how can we find a reliable and good maths tutor?

5 Jan 2015 - 5:11pm

Young art lovers get help building collections at exclusive Hong Kong club

Former banker Lu Liqin joined The New Circle of Collectors. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Yuppies are so passé. These days, you want to be a yappie. A young art patron who is wealthy and wild about culture is a highly sought-after individual.

6 Jan 2015 - 3:06pm 1 comment

Can you get too much sleep? And is it bad for you?

Photo: Corbis

Q: Can you have too much sleep?

The straight answer: Yes

The facts: Believe it or not, there is such a thing as getting too much sleep. While the occasional lie-in is generally harmless, you should watch out if you find yourself needing more than 10 or 11 hours of sleep a night over an extended period of time.

5 Jan 2015 - 6:35am 2 comments

Berluti offers traditional quality with modern styling in full bespoke service

Looks from Berluti's spring-summer 2015 collection.

French shoemaker Berluti turns 120 this year, and in its recent history has seen quite a transformation. The brand, which was founded by Italian Alessandro Berluti in Paris in 1895, was taken into the LVMH fold in 1993.

5 Jan 2015 - 6:31am

French brand puts kids on the catwalk as children's wear market booms

Looks from Bonpoint's spring-summer 2015 children's wear collection.

5 Jan 2015 - 6:10am

New Year's resolutions in fashion and style

Photo: Corbis

5 Jan 2015 - 6:01am

Six ways to use the Yamuna body rolling self-massage technique


For all exercises, begin by breathing deeply two to three times, relaxing and sinking your body weight into the ball. Hold for a few seconds and feel the release. For the leg exercises, work your way down the entire length of the muscle.

5 Jan 2015 - 5:58am

After The Interview cyberattack, Hollywood will choose its villains with care

The Interview's depiction of Kim Jong-un (played by Randall Park). Photos: AP

Where will Hollywood find its bad guys after The Interview? Daniel Miller and Josh Rottenberg ask the experts

3 Jan 2015 - 9:04pm

Indie bands in Hong Kong get a say in their music with Redline record label

Photo: Nora Tam

Gary Chan's brief for his Redline label is to give bands control over their music, writes Pavan Shamdasani

3 Jan 2015 - 9:04pm

Documentary to preserve Tokyo's famed Tsukiji before the fish market's relocation

Filming the documentary inside Tsukiji fish market. Photo: Kyodo

Filming is now under way for the first documentary feature about one of the world's largest fish markets, Tsukiji in central Tokyo, as producers aim to preserve on screen what they see as the epitome of Japanese food culture before the market's relocation.

3 Jan 2015 - 9:04pm