Pool showers drain on resources

Some public swimming pools are operating inefficient showers that spray out as much as 14 litres of water per minute, an inspection by the South China Morning Post has found.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:03pm

Loo and behold!

This column is called So Near, Yet So Feared for obvious reasons. The mainland is our hinterland and yet that large and looming entity is greatly dreaded by many in Hong Kong.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Quick shower wins the day

In many homes, a long soak in a tub is being replaced by a quick shower, as bathroom trends reflect the need to save time and space.

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

The WOW factor

Fruity & green

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Letters from the dorm

The alarm clock goes off and I grab my shower gel and shampoo. I hop into the shower and turn on the tap. I'm on autopilot as warm water pours over me, waking me up.

24 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

This week we test: body wash

A refreshing shower is especially welcome as the steamy, humid weather sets in and threatens to drive us all nuts.

DHC Mild Body Shampoo (HK$46/600ml)

29 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

The Wow Factor

Dress it up

Cosmetics aren't just a way to brighten your face - they're fashionable items in their own right. MAC's new series of brushes and face colours come in a variety of cool colours. The collection is priced from HK$240 to HK$520 and is available at all MAC locations from tomorrow.

Lavender dreams

10 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Top tips: feeding follicles

The kitchen cupboard could be your solution for healthy, shiny hair. Try some of these homemade recipes for various hair woes - you can even eat the leftovers.

15 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Trial therapy: Escape

What is it? A full-body pampering experience.

What does it involve?

14 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Shower gel

The summer can leave you feeling sticky and dirty. A cool shower with a foamy shower gel will have you clean and fresh in no time.

Galenic Toning Shower Gel (200ml/HK$115)

If you like fresh, foresty smells, this green gel is perfect for you. It refreshes and soothes the mind and body, cleansing your skin thoroughly and helping retain moisture.

5 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Taking the plunge

'So this is how it must have been during Roman times,' whispers my girlfriend as we relax in one of four shallow public pools arranged under an ornate dome and column-lined amphitheatre, in Friedrichsbad, the Roman-Irish bath in the Black Forest Eden of Baden Baden.

4 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

press play

As an increasing number of people become hooked on BlackBerry's wireless e-mail service, plenty of jokes poking fun at the addiction are emerging. The latest comes from Canadian comedy series The Rick Mercer Report in the form of a spoof advertisement for a new must-have accessory, the BlackBerry helmet.

24 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Tapping the future

A spaceman standing in a futuristic white dome is the image Newform uses on its website ( to introduce its Morpho range of taps and shower heads. The message, one assumes, is that they are out of this world, which is not far wrong.

9 Jul 2006 - 12:00am


25 marks

You are a secretary and you are planning a business trip to London for your boss. You call two hotels in London to get information. Listen to what the hotel receptionist says in answer to your questions and make the relevant notes.




1. four star

17 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Epworth Lodge

51 Barker Road

Age: 56 years

Size: 1,900 sqft

Layout: two bedrooms, one study and a balcony

For sale: $37 million

Agent: Landmark Asia Realty

28 Sep 2005 - 12:00am