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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.

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009, 12:00am

Clean lines

Given how much time is spent in them, it's surprising how neglected bathrooms are, design-wise. Most people are more concerned with their living spaces and bedrooms than with what goes on in the bathroom; as long as the tiles match and the toilet flushes.

But, thanks to a number of international designers, bathrooms are beginning to take on a design personality of their own.

23 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

When it comes to liquid assets that cost the Earth, have you got the bottle to drink tap water?

What's up with water? Some consumers are willing to pay up to US$100 for a litre of the stuff in a bottle, in the belief it is healthier than the water that flows freely from the tap. The pricey liquid in question, 420 Volcanic, is marketed as natural spring water filtered through 200 metres of volcanic rock.

17 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Tap into hip hop

Japanese dancer Higuchi Hideyuki will be hotfooting it to our shores with four energetic tap dance performances next week.

Hideyuki, better known as Hideboh, leads a six-member Tokyo-based troupe called STRiPES. The group has been dazzling Japanese audiences this year with their funky tap-hip hop fusion.

20 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Practical magic

As bathroom technology improves, items we once took for granted are vanishing. Realising the allure of simplicity, Villeroy & Boch has come up with a washbasin that taps into the demand for germ-free environments.

13 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Flowing from the sea to your tap

The water that flows from our taps at home and school comes from fresh water reservoirs.

To find out how water is treated before it is pumped to tanks for use, students can visit a water treatment plant managed by the Water Supplies Department.

22 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Bathroom taps

1. Murano one-hole, single-lever basin mixer in clear glass finish, $6,151, by Hansa (400 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai; tel: 2838 7023; www.hansa.de).

2. Bamboo, $4,750.20, by Moen (room 5001, Hopewell Centre, Wan Chai; tel: 2506 0670; www.moeninternational.com).

29 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Bathing beauties

Hong Kong is not famous for its quality bathroom designs, often because bathrooms here are so frustratingly small they are hard to renovate well. The latest glossy offering from coffee-table-book publishers Periplus Editions will either inspire or infuriate.

8 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

For body and soul

Distinguished Italian kitchen designer Strato (www.stratocucine.com) believes the bath serves both body and soul. With an exquisitely pure and essential collection of tiles and fittings, Strato-Bagno has turned the bathroom ritual into a profound, sensorial experience. The craftsmanship is sublime.

18 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Language point

Some words have more than one meaning. Here are some examples. You will hear 'to blanch' and 'to scald' even outside a kitchen.

3 Nov 2003 - 12:00am