You just can't get away from the riff-raff these days. It seems there are already grumblings emerging at the so-called exclusive Kee Club in Wellington Street. This is the club that 97 Group's Christian Rhomberg (a shareholder) once described as being 'a place that people will write novels about'. Right. At the opening, the owners assembled a who's who of Hong Kong society, including charity supporter Jean Seabrook, Chanel's Bonnie Gokson and David Tang. Posing for pictures was starlet manager Derek Hu, flanked by ex-models Canary Wong and Rebecca Cheung. But that was in December. Said a miffed member last week: 'Hard times at the Kee Club. [It was] first promoted as an intellectual salon for Hong Kong's glitterati. 'In recent months, the premises have been hired out to any business with ready cash in search of a spare venue.' How dare they! The peeved member writes that a 'new low' was reached last Thursday, when a noisy crowd attending a seminar at the upstairs bar sported badges identifying them variously as Sharon, Tracey or Steve. We're not sure what is wrong with these names, or the badges, but it doesn't sound glitterati-ish. Still. considering that one of the models who graced the opening of the Kee Club was called Canary, maybe names should be left out of the equation. Back to the night in question. The Sharons upstairs were so noisy, the member writes, that diners in the adjoining restaurant grumbled to waiters that they had to shout. Observed one regular: 'At this rate, they'll soon be handing out memberships at Lowu.' Just think. A plush, private drinking and eating club in the heart of Central with a membership made mostly of KCRC train passengers. Now that would make for an interesting novel. HAPPINESS IS . . . What do you think makes Hong Kong workers happy? A bulging bank account? Three-hour lunch breaks? Maybe a red Ferrari and a Deep Water Bay mansion with four maids. Actually, that would be nice. Think again. Manulife (International) has found that most local workers rate having a 'harmonious family life' as the most important factor in contributing to happiness. The University of Hong Kong conducted the survey for financial planning and services group Manulife in November, last year. They interviewed 482 workers to pinpoint the factors leading to happiness and their importance. Respondents rated the factors from one to 10. 'Having a harmonious family' had a mean rating of 8.6, with 'having family members who can offer care and support' coming in at 8.4. 'Getting a good job' and 'children graduating from university' ranked third and fourth. But why, we ask, has Manulife done a survey on happiness? 'Manulife's business is all about helping individuals and their families to be ready for whatever the future holds, enabling them to achieve peace of mind,' a company spokesman said in a report. Meaning: Get a financial planner. The survey concludes with: 'Individuals with a financial plan in place were four times more likely to be happy than those who felt it infeasible to start a plan.' You could always ask your family for advice. RECEPTION DECEPTION Word is that the government is not holding a spring reception this year. Government bureaus normally on the list say they have received a note telling them that the prudent SAR heads are cutting back and there will be no flowing cocktails to herald the arrival of spring. Well. For some anyway. Apparently Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa and Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen will still get their martinis at a smaller, intimate reception. So why the card saying it's not being held at all? 'Well . . . if they don't send out invitations, bureaus might get offended that they are not invited. If they are told the usual reception is cancelled, then they won't expect an invitation,' said one government source. Talk about being open and accountable!