Shelf life Where can I get one of those tank tops with stuff inside to hold me up? I've never liked wearing a bra, but now I need some support. Tank Girl, Lamma The Dictator rules: Go to any street market and you are bound to find some run-offs by big American brands for about $25. Want to try them on? Go to a store such as Marks & Spencer, where they sell unadorned Secret Support versions in black or white ($150; Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong, tel: 2928 2211). If you are the sporting type we suggest using a specialist brand such as Running Bare (from $280 to $380; G/F, Fashion Island, Causeway Bay, tel: 2504 0620) to avoid further downward migration. Taken to the cleaners I've heard there are home dry-cleaning kits. Can you buy them in Hong Kong? Spot Of Bother, Pokfulam The Dictator: What's wrong with you? You do not like paying exorbitant prices for mediocre dry-cleaning? Okay, most home dry-cleaning kits consist of a stain removing liquid, a cloth pre-soaked with dry-cleaning chemicals that are activated by the tumble-drier and a reusable drier bag, and they do away with the solvents used by most commercial dry-cleaners. Pre-treat any stains on the clothing with the stain remover. Put similar colours in the reusable bag with the special cloth and put them in the tumble-drier. Next comes the sting, iron the clothes yourself. How is home dry-cleaning looking now? If you still want to try it, you will find Custom Cleaner at Blanc de Chine (2/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, tel: 2524 7875). The kits come in sizes for 24 garments ($131), 16 garments ($129), or a trial kit for two garments ($35). Waffling on I recently stayed in a beautiful hotel where they had gorgeous, old-fashioned waffle-knit bathrobes instead of the usual terry cloth type. Where can I buy one to use at home? Soft Touch, Tai Tam The Dictator: The Mandarin Flower and Gift Shop (Mandarin Oriental hotel, 5 Connaught Road, Central, tel: 2840 1974) sells a white cotton waffle-knit robe with an embroidered Mandarin Oriental logo on the pocket. The price, $280, is not offensive, although it comes in one size only. Most of the hotels have similar bathrobes for sale, but if you are looking elsewhere I admit these robes can be tough to find. The best source we discovered was the Lam Kee Towel Shop (1/F, Kelly House, 6 Gresson Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2865 6378), which supplies bathrobes to the major hotels. They have robes in different colours and in three sizes at the unbeatable price of $120, but without logos.