I'd like to buy one of those big gold-chain necklaces, preferably for not much money. What do you think? Gold Digger, Happy Valley The Dictator rules: I think there's a high chance you'll end up looking like a Run DMC reject. There are cheap, long, gold-coloured chain necklaces in the markets. Some of the best buys are at stall No110 in Jardine's Bazaar, Causeway Bay, which charges only HK$39 for the necklaces sold in other low-end shops for about HK$89, and HK$190 in Japanese boutiques. Why? No idea. Even Marks & Spencer (Central Tower, 28 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2921 8059) is in on the trend, with slightly shorter gold-plated necklaces for HK$175 to HK$250 each. Some of the best we saw were the Twiggy brand multistrand, gold-link necklaces at On Pedder (HK$235 to HK$400; shop 2345, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2118 0131) and the tarnished-looking ones at Club Monaco (HK$395 to HK$620; shop 1039, IFC Mall, Central, tel: 3586 3045). Just avoid rapping while wearing your purchase. Please don't yell at me. I know this is not your kind of question but I am desperate. I am looking for a steam-press iron. The model is the Steam Express XS. Pressed for Time, Magazine Gap Road The Dictator: Aaaah! If only I could yell at you. Where else would you go for an iron? Gee, maybe Fortress or the other white-goods stores on the 7th and 8th floors in Times Square (Causeway Bay; www.timessquare.com.hk ). Or maybe a department store. It's not rocket science, people. Fortress (shop 718, Times Square, tel: 2506 0031) has two steaming systems comprising a steam iron with a separate dock-cum-boiler (where the steam is produced). The idea is they produce more steam than a conventional iron so they work faster and longer. There is Tefal's Pro-Minute (HK$1,980) in bright lavender to delight the Hello Kitty crew and horrify the rest. The Philips Intellicare Steam System, which has extra features such as a scratch-resistant, smooth gliding soleplate, is sold at Fortress and Sogo (HK$3,988; 10/F, Sogo, Causeway Bay, tel: 2833 8338). If only the Steam Express will do, visit www.steam-express.co.uk (#119.99/HK$1,760) and inquire about shipping costs. I saw someone with decorated Crocs the other day and thought they looked cute. Was it a DIY job or is there something I can buy to do this? Crocs Rocks, Chung Hom Kok The Dictator: Just when I thought the Croc craze couldn't get worse, now you're embellishing them. The official way to accessorise your Crocs is with Jibbitz ( www.jibbitz.com ), which snap into the holes. They allow you to customise the ventilation openings with all sorts of designs, from flowers to holiday symbols, flags to jewel-like 'stones', and who knows what else. To buy them in Hong Kong, contact Anna (e-mail: email@example.com ). She charges HK$20 for one or HK$50 for three Jibbitz (or would that be 'Jibbitzes'?). We saw similar accessories for Crocs in Stanley Market (S-Mart, 9 Stanley New Street, Stanley, tel: 2873 5833), also for HK$20 each. And so it begins, stocking stuffers, birthday-party gift bags, rewards for good behaviour - these things will be everywhere.