||A day spa in
Need a break from all the shopping? For fabulous pampering my
girlfriends and I frequent the Day Renewal Spa on Duddell
Street. Their pedicure with paraffin wax dip is absolutely yummy!
Christine, Central, Hong Kong
This might have been my isolated experience but I thought
Id pass this tip along. I suggest that you get your
legs waxed and facial done before you leave home! It is so
expensive and the waxing tends to leave a rash which takes
weeks to go away. It cost me $US90 for a half-leg bikini wax
at a very reputable salon.
Lee Ridder, Sydney, Australia
just for women...
like to tell your readers about a Hong Kong health club for
women only. Its called Physical Ladies Club and
its so popular that it has expanded from one centrally
located centre to six. The equipment here is adapted to a
female physique, theres sauna, steambath, aerobics every
hour, a health food bar, beauty treatments, massage, and all
facilities are available to guests for a moderate daily rate.
Since it is so popular with business women, I suggest that
you choose the non-peak hours of 2-5:00 PM to do your work-outs.
Call: 2199 0000
Vivian Chiu, journalist, HK
Ed. note: And just imagine
the interesting HK tips you can get from the woman working
out on the treadmill right beside yours!
||Soy milk and
Its not always easy to find calcium enriched soy milk
and yogurt as I travel. When I was in Hong Kong I was delighted
to find a wonderful assortment of both these products at COO.
This is the international supermarket located on the basement
level of Seibu Department Store in Pacific Place. Highly
Evelyn Hannon, Journeywoman Editor, Canada
||She buys discounted
For discounted cosmetics my sister and I always go to Strawberry
near the Star Ferry (Kowloon) on the ground floor of Star House.
Its the cheapest outlet and it has the best selection
of brand name items. This chain (along with the Sa Sa chain)
do sell the absolute genuine article (i.e. Revlon is the real
Revlon product) so you can shop to your hearts content
without any concerns.
Lee Ridder, Melbourne , Australia
Ed. note: Strawberry is
really great fun to browse in -- a good source of inexpensive
girl gifts. Their stock changes all the time so
if they dont have what you want the first time, simply
drop in again the next day. A word of caution though -- check
expiry dates on products!
I suspect that you didnt come to Hong Kong to have your
nails done but... you never know when you might need this service.
So I want to tell you about The Feel Good Factor, Shop
4 & 5. Its a nail bar and offers manicures, pedicures
and chair massage. (Tel: 2530 0610).
Anna Cheung, Hong Kong
Ed. note: Having a manicure
in a new place? A savvy traveller always inquires about instrument
sterilization. Instruments not properly sterilized can
carry Hepatitis B or AIDS.
||Great hair care
There are many very fancy, costly hair salons in HK but I appreciate
the excellent haircut that I get from Raymond at the modest
Mei Hair Salon located in Central. No booking is necessary,
just turn up. The salon is located on Chancery Lane off Old
Bailey Street. Tel: 2524 5966. Haircut cost: $US20.
Kylie Yule-Moses, Hong Kong
When I was living in Hong Kong, I remember reading about a rustic
and very reasonable womens sauna and massage (of the O.K.
kind) that is available round the clock at Sunny Paradise,
341 Lockhart Road, Wanchai.
Their basic package is HK249 which includes robes, towels, toiletries
and all the toast, tea, and fruit salad you care to order.
Tel: 2831 0123
Frances Bartlett, Toronto, Canada
in Hong Kong ...
washrooms, if you can find them -- are appalling! "Wot
duk!" -- disgusting, as we say in Cantonese. A smart
journey woman always keeps change on hand, a HK$5 coin (60
US cents, 90 Canadian cents), or a couple of HK$2 coins so
you can duck into a top hotel or restaurant and use the loo
there. Just walk in looking like you belong. If you're a foreigner,
no one is likely to question you. Chances are high, though,
that there will be a cleaning lady waiting inside the loo
-- and she expects a "tip". Given the fact that
she keeps those loos clean enough to use, it's well worth
Cathy Hilborn Feng, Hong Kong
P.S. Always carry Kleenex...
Always, always carry tissues (aka Kleenex) for the times you
must use a less-than-perfect washroom. Most public loos do
not supply toilet paper so be prepared.
Ed. note: Know how to
identify a public washroom in HK? Look for a facility that
has a pink flower engraved on a metal background.
Tip -- H is for her Haircuts
Hipp.fish (1/F, 23 Hollywood Road, Central, Tel: 2815
3638) on Tuesday or Wednesday nights, you can sacrifice yourself
to be a hair model for juniors to train on. Simply call the
salon and tell them you are a willing candidate.
When visiting Hong Kong, an offer thats hard to beat
even though it doesnt include a free haircut is at The
Hairdressers (Basement 9, Stauton Street, Central,
Tel: 2973 0512), where youll get a complimentary styling
and colour consultation over a glass of wine.
(Source: HK Magazine, the free whats on
mag in Hong Kong)
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