Perfect gifts for Christmas from an unlikely source

Mr Colin Lau watching a group of maids help themselves to any items they can find among the boxes and bags stuffed with goods ranging from brand new sunglasses to clothes and soft toys.
Mr Colin Lau watching a group of maids help themselves to any items they can find among the boxes and bags stuffed with goods ranging from brand new sunglasses to clothes and soft toys.ST PHOTO: JASMINE CHOONG
Ms Virginia Andrade (centre) doing a mini catwalk after Mr Lau crowned her as an unofficial "Miss Universe" for helping to coordinate the event.
Ms Virginia Andrade (centre) doing a mini catwalk after Mr Lau crowned her as an unofficial "Miss Universe" for helping to coordinate the event.ST PHOTO: JASMINE CHOONG

'Freegan' scours island for discarded items in pristine condition and organises giveaway

As the clock struck 12.30 on Sunday afternoon, a group of Filipino maids gathered outside the gate of Mr Colin Lau's three-room flat in Whampoa broke into a rendition of We Wish You A Merry Christmas.

Later, there were squeals and cheers as the 13 maids played games, with some winning $50 cash prizes and designer bags.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 25, 2018, with the headline 'Perfect gifts for Christmas from an unlikely source'. Print Edition | Subscribe