You Like, You Buy Vol 15
Singapore-based OSIM (www.osim.biz) has everything you need to transform your home into a relaxation zone or failing that, a geriatric rehabilitation centre. A word of warning: I don't know who thought it would be fun to mock the domestically challenged by casting some of these healthcare products in the form of common household appliances, thus increasing the chances of household accidents that are horrific yet humourous enough to submit to the Funniest Home Video show.
Normally I give my face a good steam cleaning by draping a towel over my head, bending over the bathroom sink and inhaling like a party girl. I'm yet to convinced that using a castrated blender for this purpose is the most efficient way.
Warm Air Turbo
I was bit excited to see a leafblower for sale because after years of living in Hong Kong I'd forgotten what one looked like. Front lawns and back yards are generally obsolete in Hong Kong because the space could be used to build entire housing estates. Boy was I disappointed (even more disappointed than the time I booked a Citroen C4 for test drive and found out that it doesn't actually turn into a funky dancing robot like in the ad) to discover that it was just a modified hairdryer for every part of the body other than the hair.
After a long day of having your feet squeezed into ill-fitting but gorgeous shoes that felt OK in the thick carpet of the shop, it's time to relax by squeezing them into a mechanical death grip. I think the iSqueez looks very much like a toaster but thankfully it's not because nobody, and please correct me if I'm wrong on this, likes their morning toast smelling of feet.
OSIM's latest massage chair model is the iSymphonic chair which synchronises massage pulses to music played from an audio-visual entertainment system. Suddenly watching Jaws or Psycho becomes such a wonderfully tactile experience.
Despite being such a futuristic chair, the design has some ways to go before it achieves the aesthetic heights set by the 1957 Chevy Bel Air Chair:
Now there's a chair worth taking pride of place in any living room.